I am new to the sport and coming from tennis. I just got the new Vanguard Maxima paddle and I am coming from a Head Radical Tour GR paddle. All I have to say is WOW. This paddle is great from placement, control and power. It really took my game levels better. I was able to place shots with power and accuracy with ease. If you want to play with the big boys in your park or gym this paddle will get you there. By far the best paddle I have played with so far.