Whenever new paddles are released you hear promises of equipment being taken “to the next level.” But what does that really mean?
In certain cases it involves a manufacturer creating something we’ve never seen before—a unique paddle shape, grip or look. Just as often, however, we see fresh iterations of pre-existing gear.
Tyson McGuffin won the 2017 USAPA Nationals Gold in Men’s Open Singles with the Amped Maxima
Paddles might get a new decal or weight class, minor tweaks which can nonetheless result in significant differences in play. With Selkirk’s recently released Amped series, however, the paddles have undergone so many alterations from their original design that they truly are on a “different level” than the predecessors.
The main thing the Amped paddles share with their original models is shape. Selkirk has taken 4 of their most popular paddles and mirrored their style to address different types of play.
Each paddle comes in multiple colors in addition to those shown below:
Epic – A traditional widebody paddle shape that balances handle length and surface area. Its wide sweet spot helps with fast volleys at the net and can suit any player type.
S2 – Has the largest sweet spot of any of the Amped paddles, providing a very responsive and lively feel. The broad design provides plenty of surface area to easily return pickleballs while focusing on technique.
Omni – Provides reach and control. Paddle has a shorter handle designed for players who grip lower on the handle or those who play with a finger against the face. This allows for maximum reach while maintaining a decent width.
Maxima – The longest paddle; ideal for power players who drive the ball but requires precision due to slimmer face. Weighing only 7.5 oz, it features a power-generating, head-heavy balance preferred by tennis players.
These paddles have already proven their success on the courts, but through their Amped evolution, the designs have been strengthened further. Both the faces and cores have been updated to provide improved touch, consistency and control.
Thanks to these changes, Selkirk believes they’re truly hit on a combination of “power and control” that players will love.
FiberFlex Unidirectional Fiberglass
The face material’s “unidirectional” quality relates to Selkirk’s unique manufacturing process, including the way inks are melded onto the face. This affects performance by providing players with an even feel and additional “cushioning” that causes pickleballs stay against the face longer.
X5 Polypropylene Core
This thicker, patent-pending core creates a larger sweet spot, reduces vibration to prevent pickleball elbow and minimizes torque. Torque is what happens when you hit off-center, causing a paddle to twist in your hand and reducing accuracy.
This sturdy design melds the core and face together for improved performance and durability.
Many 5.0 players have already tried the Amped paddles and are loving how they play. You can find pro reviews in the Selkirk paddles category on PickleballCentral.
Amped Fans Include:
Tyson McGuffin, 2016 National’s Medalist & 2017 USAPA Nationals Singles Champ
Kurtis Campbell, SoCal Summer Classic Gold Medalist
Tonja Major, 2017 US Open Gold Medalist & 2017 USAPA Nationals Bronze Medalist
Morgan Evans, 2017 TOC Champion
And many others! Check out the video below to hear more about the Amped paddles from top player Glen Peterson (US Open & USAPA Nationals Gold Medalist):
To find the perfect selection for your play style, check out the Amped paddles at PickleballCentral and get ready to supercharge your play.