I am a fairly avid (4-5 times a week) pickleball player, soon to be 50 years old. While I'll play the soft game like you have to, I prefer to hit the ball deep and at angles that make returns difficult. I have played with top of the line paddles from many of the major brands, including Selkirk. This paddle is by far my favorite one. There are 3 main reasons I love this paddle: (1) The long head, (2) The small handle, and (3) The short handle. The short handle has changed my game-- I have much, much more control over my shots, particularly volleys at the net. I can put the ball where I want as soft or as hard as I want with my ability than ever before. The longer head has also helped with my overheads, which has been the weakest part of my game. I have a couple of these paddles at different weights...I prefer the heavier one (8.0-8.2) ounces, than the standard lighter one. I feel that it adds to my control, while not giving up much in terms of reaction time at the net. I don't think this paddle is for everyone, but it fits my game better than any I've tried so far. Look forward to the 2021 version!
Very good experience. I feel very confident using this paddle. The handles on several of my past paddles have eventually broken because of repeated very hard hits and serves. This paddle seems stronger at the neck of the handle where it attaches to the paddle face. My theory is because with the shorter handle I am gripping it closer to the face and not out on the end of the handle, so the force of the hit is better absorbed by the wider face versus stress on the narrow handle. I think another aspect of the shorter handle is that you end up with a larger face, which cannot be a bad thing.