chicagoTT on 5/20/2015
Dec 29, 2014: My second blade and the one I've gone back to. It feels slower than I remember in the short game and warmup but I was using hard carbon blades for too long. Now I can loop away from the table and with good speed. It has good dwell and the flex makes this blade faster at higher speed. Mine weighs 88 g.
May 20, 2015: lowered speed 8.8 to 8.6. OFF- I'd say. Loop away from table with decent speed, good spin. Blocking had to adjust from easy-to-block hard carbon blades as this one has a pretty high throw angle from the medium feel and dwell time, especially with vega pro on fh. Used for about 5 and a half months the second time around and it helped me regain my control and up my game.
noob hacker on 8/16/2011
this is a very good blade that can produce all types of shots while providing great feel.
- amazing touch (wondering if it's b/c of the cork layer)
- speed is good but not great
- control is very good, especially with chopping
- good weight balance
- inexpensive price
- horrible handle (way too thin - requires grip tape or those rubber handle condoms)
- edges aren't finished (but it's easy to sand it yourself)
Tek101 on 10/26/2010
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.
mmerkel on 2/20/2010
I love the feedback I get from this blade. I only used it so far in one practice session, but it really feels great. Good speed on off the table loops, great on loop drives.
Now that I played with it for a few months, I really like the blade. There is a nice kick mid distance, but also enough control to take speed off an incoming drive/smash. Initially I had problems hitting the sweet spot, since it isn't as big as in a carbon blade. But the difference in bounce if you miss the sweet spot is not so great that it will make you lose the point. I actually won quite a few points hitting the ball near the edge of the blade. Great value for the price.
atrano on 8/7/2017
People say about the handle that it's a narrow one. I don't know but mine isn't. Maybe they change it to a stiga semi legend type now. I stuck a hurricane 3 neo and a friendship 802-40 red. There is alot off dwell and nice feeling. It is fast and beautiful blade. More impressions will come soon. Update No1: Medium pips replaced with Boost TS a very soft sponge tensor. Hard top venner helps the ball to sink deep into the Boost's sponge absorbing the incoming spin with the right angle. Quite nice match. Then i replaced it with a 729-5. Speed now is reduced but control is a little better. Generally its a easy blade which matches different types of rubbers quite well. Weight is always an issue with this blade so be carefull if you decide to stick heavy rubbers like Hurricanes ans Skylines