Form and Function
I thought I'd write the review I wish I would have found when doing my research on paddles. Quick summary for those who don't want to read much further, buy this paddle, you won't regret it!
Now, onto the details. I've been playing for just about a year at about a 4.0 level. Picked up Pickleball pretty quick as it was similar to other sports I had done. I initially went down to the local sports store and bought the most expensive they had, which was the X5 graphite Onyx paddle. Not a bad paddle and I played with it for 6 months, but it's super hard and all my balls kept drifting and soaring. I saw several other guys playing with Selkirk and decided to upgrade. I then bought the Amped Epic. Which totally changed my game. So much more touch and control, it was unbelievable. I played with that for the next 3 months. I loved it so much, I was very curious about the Vanguard series and so my research began.
The people at Selkirk are amazing and super nice, but trying to get info on pros and cons on Amped vs Vanguard and the different shapes is kinda like asking someone which of their kids they love the most. Its hard to be truly honest. :-) But, here's the deal. This Invicta shape to me is the best. I can take a ball and bounce it on my Amped Epic and my Vanguard Invicta and truly tell there is about a 2 inch bigger sweet spot north and south on the paddle. That may sound small, but think about the difference in trying to hit a baseball vs a softball. An inch or two makes a…