Love this paddle. I own both the invicta vanguard and the maxima vanguard. I lean towards the maxima because it feels quicker and more powerful than the invicta. It’s sweet spot may be a little smaller then the invicta but I couldn’t really tell. My drop consistency did not go down. I’m a 4.5 level player and have owned paddles from players pickleball, prince, and pro-lite. All great paddles but this paddle beats them all for me personally. Gotta try out paddles until you find the one that suits you! Glad I found this one.