let me start off by saying this is a great blade. I am sort of an all around off the table looper who is defensive minded with his back hand. The control of this blade is outstanding. the dwell time on the blade is enough that you can punch back or block back any amount of spin with little effort. I would recommend using soft sponges on this blade because what I have found is if you use a harder sponge on your backhand side it is really hard to play up close to the table. But, it plays fantastic away from the table and has no troubles putting spinney precise shots onto the table. The cork core gives it that added pop in your shots but has the control of an All Around blade.