It’s an excellent paddle … soft, control, spin … I only changed recently to Vatic V7 for more power from baseline.
Ironic timing for your post … I was just thinking about updating this with additional 2hbh paddle thoughts. Since I created this thread … I have seen Chris Olson (Pickleball Studio) also mention the amount of taper at the throat matters a lot for 2hbh, along with grip size.
This is what I was going to mention.
Short version: grab your paddle with your 2hbh grip … I bet the end of the butt cap is in your palm ... and I also bet you don’t do this on your tennis racquet. Both of the paddle 2hbhs in this house
do this … and wasn’t a conscious thought. There isn’t enough room on any pickleball paddle to grip it like we do a tennis racquet … but we find a way.
- so just had wife with small hands hold a tennis racquet with 2hbh grip. Bottom hand goes to even with butt cap (like we all do), butt cap not in the palm like some players do on serve.
- top hand against bottom hand … no gap
- full grip length to tape at throat 7 1/2” … her thumb and index finger about 1/4” short of that … so her tennis 2hbh grip with small hands is 7 1/4”
Now consider your xspak grip … the claim is 5 1/2” grip
Here is mine
Simple math … her standard tennis 2hbh grip can’t fit. Also … her hand isn’t big enough to grip the paddle at the throat up there at 7 1/4”.
Something has to give/accommodate.
One possible adjustment can be seen in pic in my post #1 in this thread … index finger behind paddle face. I have tried it and didn’t hate it … would with a tennis racquet but works fine with a paddle. Who knew?
So what other grip space constraint accommodations … wife actually has been doing one I would not recommend… or even thought of. She was putting part of top hand on bottom hand … and actually hitting a good 2hbh.
Not her fault … this has been her weapon … Vatic Flash 16mm has been ordered to skip the hand overlap.
Yeah … right … they called that a 5 1/2” grip. Also … check out the more rounded throat … even if you were fine with gripping the throat … prince is rounded/semi-throatless.
When I hit 2hbh with xspak … I cheated with butt cap in palm just enough where I could grip around bottom of throat without putting index finger behind paddle face. The grip on the Vatic V7 Pro is slightly shorter, and the throat less tapered … to be determined where I settle out on 2hbh grip.