I began playing in clubs about 5 years ago now. When i first arrived, I was your standard newbie - got my paddle at Dicks. A few months in, I decided to purchase this paddle and with the combination of the Tibhar Rapid D.TecS MaX rubber, I have enjoyed unsurpassed power and spin. I notice in a lot of reviews- people mention speed. I say whats speed without power. I have enjoyed this paddle without question- solid core, light weight. I should mention, I am an offensive player that enjoys a fast game but will generally win due to nature of my spin game. That being said- I recommend this paddle ***** for medium to advanced players that enjoy an all-around blade with the perfect combination of power, spin, and control.