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VANGUARD Hybrid S2 Paddle
Unparalleled consistency, midweight paddle

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Product Code: SEL801



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VANGUARD Hybrid S2 Pickleball Paddle

The VANGUARD Hybrid S2 Paddle has a broad face so players can enjoy the VANGUARD line's largest sweet spot. If you want touch, pop and power in an agile and comfortable package, this paddle is the way to go. The Hybrid S2 uses the same dimensions as the original Prime and Amped models but has the VANGUARD upgraded features including the carbon fiber surface, unique new edge guard and the Geo grip. The face is made with a bi-directional carbon fiber that uses two layers on each side of the paddle to create the exceptional sweet spot. This creates a super reinforced design for more consistency, defense and feel.

The VANGUARD Hybrid S2 Paddle uses a low profile edge guard that protects your equipment while reducing the chances for mis-hits. The Geo grip on the handle was made specifically for the VANGUARD line and has excellent moisture-wicking properties, better traction and comfort. The Hybrid S2 has a thick X5 poly core that reduces vibrations and provides a pleasantly soft touch. It comes in midweight only at 7.8 - 8.3 oz.

The Vanguard Hybrid S2 Paddle keeps you closely connected to the action so you can feel every hit while controlling pickleballs without any strain.

Note about the Vanguard Paddle paint finish: Our testers have reported quick wear of the paint finish on these paddles. This is normal, and does not affect the performance of the paddle. Selkirk and Pickleball Central ask you to understand that this is not considered a defect in the product. See image below for "normal wear" example. If you feel your Vanguard paddle ever experiences abnormal or excessive wear or flaking of the paint, please contact Customer Service.

PickleballCentral Expert's Corner:

Reviews of the Selkirk S2 VANGUARD Pickleball Paddle by Pickleball Central Staff & Local Club Members:

"Selkirk’s largest sweet spot just got bigger. The Vanguard S2 expands on the biggest advantage of the S2 shape – hitting surface and sweet spot. The combination of the new carbon fiber (aka graphite) face and incredibly successful X5 core (from the famous AMPED Series) is incredible. This paddle is more forgiving with one of the largest hitting surfaces in the game. I believe that the AMPED S2 will continue to be popular with players who like the shape and are looking for a bit of extra power. (The fiberglass face of the AMPED paddles has more pop off the face.) However, for fans of the S2 who are looking for a little softer play, more ball feel, and a bit more control, the Vanguard S2 is it!"
John, Sales Director (4.0 Player)

"I tried several models of the new VANGUARD paddles. I used to play with the Selkirk AMPED Omni, which I love. I feel like Selkirk’s new VANGUARD Hybrid construction on provides a softer feel than the AMPED – the new X5 QuadCarbon woven carbon fiber face enhances ball feel and touch, giving excellent control and lots of power. The sweet spot is great – wherever I made contact with the ball it felt good. I also love the texture. I like to use spin on my shots and these paddles enhanced my spin control. The S2 shape is perfect for someone who wants to maximize the width of the available hitting surface, but prefers a shorter handle. If you want a longer handle, check out the Epic. If you want a longer paddle that is more head biased on balance, check out the Invikta."
Karen, Marketing Director (4.0 Player)

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 25 Write a review.

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5 of 5 Customer Service January 12, 2021
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Camano Island, WA United States  
Customer service is excellent!  I purchased a different paddle in Nov and the edging ripped on top of paddle and, even after 30 days, was given a replacement product.

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5 of 5 Vanguard S2 January 12, 2021
Reviewer: Michael L from Sussex, WI United States  
Big upgrade from my first paddle I purchased last year when I first started playing. Great touch at the NVZ and still have plenty of power when serving.  I was a little leery spending this much for a paddle but after playing with it for two hours all my worries were gone.  My friends noticed the difference in play after about an hour of play.  Can’t wait until my next game.

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5 of 5 New paddle January 12, 2021
Reviewer: Sherri Skinner from Hanford, CA United States  
I love my. We paddle.  I have more control with less effort.

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5 of 5 Great touch, consistency December 16, 2020
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Indio, CA United States  
I am a 70+ 3.5 rated pickleballer who loved the Selkirk Epic. Unfortunately, mine was starting to wear so I decided to try the new Vanguard. At a $200 price point my expectations were high. So far, I am not disappointed. My dinks and lobs are noticeably more accurate and consistent. I was hoping for a big power boost... and may have gotten some improvement. But unfortunately it seems not even a state-of-the-art paddle can make up for my aging swing.

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4 of 5 Interesting Experience December 13, 2020
Reviewer: Stephen Newmark from Port Saint Lucie, FL United States  
I am a 2.5+ player and for me this paddle is great.  Mine came in at 8 oz. exactly which is just under my Titan Pro Lite at 8.1 and just over my Elite Pro which arrived at 7.9.  It has a noticeably different feel then either of the other paddles in that it absorbs the impact of hard hit balls.  It also has a much larger sweet spot which has eliminated most of the clunks I had been making.  The only negative comes in comparison to the Titan and only if you are interested in slamming the ball.  Whatever absorbs the incoming shots also lessens the outgoing ones.  This may only be true of players at a lower level like myself.  Additionally, the weight of the paddle seems to be more evenly distributed so that it seems lighter then it is.  Nice overall experience.

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