The VANGUARD Hybrid Epic Paddle has a longer handle for more comfort on two handed backhands, or for people with larger hands, but it accomplishes this without reducing the size of its reactive sweet spot. This VANGUARD Epic has the same dimensions as the original Amped or Prime series Epic models, but the VANGUARD version adds even more potency to its design through the addition of a newly designed face, edge guard and grip. The surface is made from cross-woven carbon fiber that's double layered on each side of the paddle. This offers exceptional consistency in ball rebound over the entire face of the paddle, amazing durability, and a touch-centric feel that is unmatched. Combined with the thick X5 polypropylene core, dampens shock for a soft touch.