boyboy on 10/11/2016
Mine is a chinese penhold with 05 fh and rzkza x on the back. Excellent power with so many gears, esp so much power on the fh with soft feel. I've also have the alc it is also good but less power but still a very good blade, i've got nittaku h3 neo national on fh and provincial on the back. I've tried about 25 blades in 5 years I really like these two, worth every penny I paid.
BriDav12 on 4/28/2016
Such a beautifully crafted blade. Of the 15+ nice blades I've owned, this one (along with the alc version, which I also own) feels by far the most premium. I thought that a control rating of 9 had to be exaggerated before i purchased it. However, the level of control and feeling is remarkable in such a quick blade. While promotional material describes it as ideal for close range play, I find that it is a fantastic mid distance weapon as well. While I love my garaydia alc as well, the zlc has that lethal extra kick away from the table that make a difference in a tight match. I play with T05 FH and T80 BH, and aggressively looping underspin is a breeze with this setup. While the short game will never be my strong point, i was pleased with this blade's performance in the short game. I am undoubtedly honeymooning with this blade, but I simply love it so far. The only caution I would give is that the Garaydia zlc would probably be a little aggressive for anyone under solid intermediate level.
minhsquirrel on 12/1/2015
I was hesitant to make the move to this paddle, as I was fairly happy using my donic black devil carbon, which was the fastest blade at the club, but it just seemed that my game had to revolve around the playing characteristics of that blade, so I was tempted to get the garaydia t5000, but speed isnt the say all be all, or else I would still be using the black devil. Once switching to this paddle, the price tag became obvious, well worth the money, there is a reason for that price. In the short game, it is very dynamic and controllable, with a light touch. For away from the table, it has enough power to rip the ball, and best of all, it is flexible enough to impact tremendous spin, and allows for easy looping. My game has now been able to evolve in all categories, as this blade CAN do it all, at a high level.
JUNGLESTRUT24 on 6/13/2015
Brand spanking new for 2015 is a very fine and exquisitely designed blade from Butterfly's latest offering. It has the latest cutting edge design technology with ZLC and this blade is absolutely gorgeously stunning as well. I really like the green jade jem placed on the lower part of backhand side of the handle - such a beauty to behold!
The 1.6 mm thick outer Hinoki plies on both sides feel like heaven and provides very little vibration. You can really feel like you're gripping the ball. I don't believe outer plies this thick are even available on any other blade in the market - let alone in Kiso Hinoki.
For me personally it is just a bit fast and harder to control when paired with Tenergy's. However if you're over 2200 you'll probably do just fine. That's when you can make the speed really shine.
Try one out at your local club if you can or you can purchase mine here -> goo.gl/N68FrN for a deal on eBay if you're interested. Thanks :)
Diogog 4 months ago
I use the T5000 and now I bought a ZLC because the Garaydia model has been discontinued and there are few left - I don't think there will ever be a new Butterfly model with Hinoki so thick on the outer leaf.
When compared they are similar, both OFF +. ZLC is slightly slower with slightly higher arc. But due to the ZLC, the control and block on the table is much better and the contact time with the topspin ball is longer - now I have no difficulty attacking underspin services. Services have more effect.
Overall, the ZLC model is undoubtedly better and the energy dispersion of the ZLC material on the topspin blocks is incredible: in such fast wood it is easy to block aggressively but also the soft block with the ball bouncing two or more times in the opponent side.
In short, it is an OFF +, very thick and good quality Hinoki wood in the outer sheet which produces surprising good control in the block and in the short game. Now I use ZLC with Tenergy 05 (FH) and 05FX (BH): my game is still fast and aggressive but I have better control.