I have an old paddle from my college days from over 10 years ago. It's starting to show some wear and tear most noticeably on the rubber (scratches, scuffs, etc.) due to poor maintenance and storage over the years.
I'm considering buying a new paddle, but I am not sure what I should look for. When I bought my original paddle, I only considered the rubber with the pips facing inwards which I learned affects spin. What else should I consider in terms of material, assembly, and level of skill when buying a new paddle?