I've been playing for a long time. This Slazenger Pro X1 is the best racket I've ever used. It really has it all. The weight is so nice. Although I've always felt I had to have a 18-19 beam, the 20 mm beam on this racket feels great. The racket is highly maneuverable and provides very good power, excellent control and great spin potential. Serving and volleying is so smooth with this stick. It's one thing to love your racket and have great confidence in it, but then to have such an awesome looking frame (the nicest color scheme I've seen), a tremendous feeling grip that absorbs vibration like no other racket I've tried and on top of all that--a very sharp looking racket bag. Man, Slazenger scored a knockout with this package. It's worth a demo for anybody(4.5 and above) still deciding or looking to improve their game.