JoeMarioZ on 1/20/2015
Changed from Innerforce ULC, I've also used the DHS HK III, and the TB T5000 before those, control wise, its almost right up there with the HK, but a bit to stiff to feel safe enough. FAST, almost as fast but more consistent and forgiving than the T5000. I'd come from a medium blade and went into a medium hard one, I like being in between, but I'm still getting used to the feel, the feedback is good enough, but I'd like to get a bit more vibration from it, its a good balance between speed and control, med distance and defensive play is the best I've had, it just lacks on backhand consistency for my gameplay, I'll swap my current rubber to a slower one to see how it fares...
semiambidextrous on 7/7/2014
True, it takes a few sessions/hours to get used to handling the short game. But first of all, EVERYTHING else will compensate you for those adaptation practices, and once you have tamed this monster, it is better then Innerforce ZLC, has more energy (and perhaps even faster) than ZJ Super ZLC, and feels greater than any other carbon blades out there. And I have tried a few. Smashes are perfect. Opening loops require your most delicate touch, but what doesn't, frankly? This is not a sport of crazy straight hitters, and never been. So, if you want to improve your skills in a way that you do not have to fear to reach the limits of the equipment, just put some Tenergies on this blade, and enjoy life.
Beat on 9/2/2009
First, i've been into medium hard all wood blades for my whole career up to now. I play in the second bundesliga in germany and had to switch the blade because i was not satisfied anymore since the ban of speed glue. This is now quite some time ago and i have played with a lot of different material, since i am sponsored by a online supplier, which allows me to play all brands.
Now to the mizutani blade. It offers more than what has been lost with speed glue. There is a very reasonable feeling in the blade, and it has a tremendous catapult effect, probably due to the hyped material zylon. It is easy to serve and to return with it, there you have a very well defined touch. The blade somehow softens up as you swing or hit harder, leading to a quite long dwell time and an increased throw angle. The looping game is a breeze, smashing is fun again. It's easy to play with serious amounts of spin, both strong and slow loops are equally manageble.
I can only recommend this blade for more advanced two winged looping players, though also blocking and more direct shots work out just fine.
A very beautiful blade by the way!
simeiboismasher on 2/16/2018
Excellent blade. Amazing with power, loop and control. Sweet spot is wide. Only cons is the ZL logo erased in handle.
ijuin on 8/30/2017
I have used this bat ever since it rolled out. I have to say speed wise, this bat has 'enough' as an OFF bat. Definitely fast but just 1 step away from killer fast. Control wise, this is probably as good as you can get on an OFF bat, you can pretty much place the ball wherever you desire on the table. The grip feels very nice, making the switch from BH to FH and vice versa extremely delightful and smooth. Putting 2x attacking rubber - Rasanter V47 (BH) and MX-S (FH) to play a relatively defense style is like a dream, the control that this bat gives you along with 'enough' speed to take people out. I highly recommend this blade even though Butterfly doesnt make them anymore.