Very good control and feel with neutral balance for dinking. Quick and easy to wield at the net while still possessing good power. No increase in spin for me.
Overall a very nice paddle that I would recommend for all levels of play.
I like the Icon but not as much as the new Warrior Edge. It is heavier than the Edge and I don't have as much control dinking as I do when I use the Edge. It might be a little more powerful than the Edge but not by much. Good spin, but I feel the sweet spot is larger on the Edge, but that is not to say the sweet spot of the Icon is small. Overall, a real good paddle but I like the Edge better.
Diadem Icon Paddle
Really enjoy the nimbleness of this paddle. Really grabs the ball for spin and counter spin. Will buy again!
I have been playing pickleball for the last three years. I was introduced to this paddle for play and training for the last 10+ days and I can attest to the features that makes it unique and stand out from the rest.
In the past, I have played with the Selkirk Invikta and more recently the Gamma Hellbender, good paddles overall; however, I was looking for a paddle that gave me more "feel", and more power without sacrificing control. The ICON paddle delivers on all categories plus it has allowed me to improve on my ball spin due to its unique surface. The paddle borderless design makes it less bulky to swing and help minimize some misshits during play. When I received my paddle, I was expecting it to feel a bit heavier compared to the Hellbender considering that it weights 8.0oz; however, that was not the case at all, the paddle feels well balanced and I had no issues adjusting to the different weight. Overall, the ICON has improved my game and I'm looking forward to many years of play with it.