So many paddles....which one to choose?!
With so many paddles hitting the market sometimes it's hard to make a decision on which paddle is the right one for you. We have selected the newest paddles from Selkirk Sport and made some key notes on each to help narrow down your decision!
Maxima - smaller sweet spot, but better reach and crazy amount of spin because of the smooth surface and shape. Good amount of pop because of the composite surface. Players at nationals who used this paddle, tend to put a lot of power in their shots.
Omni - smaller sweet spot, but better reach. You get a good amount of spin because of its shape, less than the Maxima but more than a normal shaped paddle. It has more control because of its graphite surface and because it is an overall lighter paddle (7-7.4 oz.). Much shorter handle!
Enrique 30P Graphite- The Enrique 30P has earned the distinction as one of the best all-around paddles. It is mid-weight at a 7.9oz average weight. The Graphite surface allows for a very controlled dink game. Where as the Polymer PowerCore and extra weight provides plenty of power for put away shots. This paddle is very solid and excels at landing a drop-shot perfectly. If you are well-rounded player who needs a paddle that has no weakness, the Enrique 30P is for you.
Epic 30P Graphite -Do you like the sound of the Enrique 30P above but just need it to be a little lighter? Well we have the perfect paddle for you! The 30p Epic Graphite has the same Polymer PowerCoreTM and Graphite surface as the Enrique 30P, but it comes in at only 7.3oz. The reduced weight gives you extra control and quicker reactions at the net.
The Pro series is the bigger, badder brothers of the very popular Epic series. The Pro S1 series is the culmination of everything Selkirk has been working on for the past 3 years. The initial idea for the Pro S1 came in collaboration a top SelkirkPro player who suggested that they improve the Epic by shortening the handle and increasing the surface area of the paddle face. This seemingly small change, combined with a redesigned surface, produced a dramatic increase in performance and control. Selkirk launched the Pro S1 series at the 2016 National’s with huge success and a large adoption by Pro players and recreational players alike. All of the Pro Series paddles have a larger surface and slightly smaller handle. (Not as small as the Omni.) This means that they all have a very large sweet spot and are a little bit heavier than the Epic 30P and 20P paddles which means more power. Below are their unique characteristics.
ProS1G/+ - Graphite will provide more control. The heavier version is the +. If you like the Enrique paddle, go with the + version of this paddle. The + version has a heavier edge guard. The heavier a paddle, the more power it provides. (Think of these paddles as updated and improved versions of the Epic 30P and Enrique paddles.)
ProS1C/+ - Composite will provide more pop because it is heavier. Again, the heavier paddle is the + version, because of the edge guard. (Think of these paddles as updated and improved versions of the Epic 20P paddles.)
Hope this helps on your quest for the perfect paddle and as always..... Happy Pickling!
The Pickleball Depot Team