rreddy on 5/22/2013
I have been playing with this racket for 2 years because of its brilliant all-round characteristics. It is a great racket for beginners. The racket has a good feel and a comfortable handle. I use it with Sriver 2.1 mm on both sides. It is a very effective combination.
Lately I have been improving and after getting comfortable with this racket I can control the ball very well. The Primorac is a very good racket if you want control. After much practice I can place the ball where I want to from my opponents counters and hard loops. It is a great racket if you want to make your opponent run around.
However the problem is that I noticed the racket is very slow. The ball will not go very fast off the racket which is good if you are just starting out. This contributes to the control factor as you can place it where you want to. However now the racket is too slow. When I do a counter of course my opponent just smashes the ball back. My loop kills do not surprise my opponent because the ball comes off my racket slowly. After you get better you might want to switch to an OFF racket or even the other OFF- rackets which are mostly faster than the Primorac.
Overall this is a great racket for beginners that will serve you for a long time. After a while you will need to switch to a new racket for more speed. Don't get the Primorac Carbon, it seems like the successor but it actually is a huge step up in speed and your shots will go flying. You will want to get an OFF racket after you finish with the Primorac or a slightly faster OFF- racket.
UPDATE: Its been about two years since I got the Primorac and I have improved greatly. I now use the Zhang Jike Arylate/Carbon blade which is very nice and comfortable handle but practically no speed difference between this and the Primorac. If you use good technique this blade will give you all the power and control you could possibly want. The topspin is enormous. If you like to be able to execute loops that go at 120 mph and have so much spin, it goes in a beautiful curve and kicks up like a Mexican jumping bean when it hits the other side of the table, this is the blade for you. Also chops far from the table dig in beautifully and counter loops have a great woody feel to them. The best all-round blade on the market. A must-buy. Good for beginners, intermediates, advanced players, and professionals.
After using the Zhang Jike for almost a year, I have switched back to the Primorac. This is not because I cannot control the Zhang Jike, but the Primorac has equal speed and more control and has a such a beautiful feel as I cannot describe how nice it is. So much control, I can hit a dime with blocks and loops. Now that I have developed into more of a defensive player I have found this is perfect with Xiom Vega Asia 2mm on the FH for extreme counterloops and BTY Feint Long II 1.3 mm on the BH for incredible chops from 10 ft from the table it is the best all round blade and defensive blade enough speed for attack and slow enough for the chop buy it! Don't buy sriver with it its overrated buy Xiom rubbers. I use Feint Long because it is the only rubber that bty makes that is not overrated (COUGH COUGH Tenergy).
carvalhoc on 1/5/2018
My first serious blade.
Very good touch and not too fast, something like ALL+ or OFF- but can go faster if paired with fast tensor rubbers.
This is a very well built 5 ply all wood blade and it is perfect for new, intermediate and advanced players that favour control over speed.
The handle is confortable and I used the flared version for many years. Even after many years and the ocasional hits on the table the blade is still in perfect condition. Needs to be sealed to prevent chips of wood coming off when changing rubbers.
An absolute classic by Butterfly.
mja 2 months ago
I like this blade. It does not seem to excel at anything at first, but it is just very versatile. I would say its speed is at the lower end of OFF–. It seems to me slightly stiffer than other blades of similar speed that I have played with recently enough to remember (Yasaka Extra and Stiga Allround Evolution); also slightly stiffer than some other slightly faster blades (Stiga Offensive Classic, Stiga Energy Wood WRB); but it is not stiff per se. The feeling/feedback is not as strong/intense as from those other blades, but is clean and pleasant. I'd describe the feeling as medium (not as soft as one might expect!) and relatively solid. One thing that surprised me was that despite a mass of 89g it felt lighter in hand than many lighter blades: it is extremely well balanced. The quality of my Japan-made version is also top notch.
Heathrow 4 months ago
This is the perfect blade for any level beginner. I wish someone had told me about it before wasting money on all sorts of crap. The quality is fantastic, the finish is great, the weight perfect. It is no slouch but easy to master.
On a visit to Paris I went into the tiny Friendship Sport and asked for "the perfect bat for a serious beginner". The guy in there made me a Primorac with Tenergy 05's on both sides, which at the time for me seemed like total overkill. However, as I went home and tried out the setup I was immediately in love. With this setup I went seamlessly to Viscaria with the same rubbers. I am not sure I need the speed of Viscaria but I can interchange between the two with no problem. My Primorac with T05's weighs 186g.
A few of my fellow serious beginner colleagues have now picked up the Primorac as well (with Hurricane III neos) and are progressing equally rapidly.
Senkoh01 4 months ago
I used the Chinese-style version of this blade for about 3 years when I was learning penhold. It's perfect for looping from close or mid distance and it's thin and light enough to add a backhand rubber for RPB. After the most recent ball change, I think it might be a little too slow for anything other than an all-around game. Highly recommended to beginning players who want to develop their loop.