Butterfly Tiago Apolonia ZLC

Butterfly Tiago Apolonia ZLC Blade
Approx. $ 260 USD
Price $

User Ratings (14)

Speed 9.2
Control 9.0
Stiffness 5.1   
Hardness 5.5   
Consistency 10.0   
Always identical
Overall 9.4 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 93
Control 75
Weight 90
Plies 7
Materials Inner fibers ZL Carbon
Thickness 5.6
There are 5 users using the Butterfly Tiago Apolonia ZLC.

- Butterfly star Tiago Apolonia grants the name for this brand new blade and is already using it at international tournaments
- The ZLC-fibers are placed closer to the core (Innerforce Layer technology), giving the blade a softer and controlled touch, while maintaining the typical ZLC precision and punch
- Apolonia ZLC is suited best for players looking for the spin-dynamic ZLC-fiber with a softer touch

Reviews (8)

BriDav12  on 8/1/2016

My inner equipment junky caused me to relapse recently. Consequently, I am the proud (and significantly poorer) owner of the new Freitas and Apolonia blades. Both blades are amazing in their own ways. I have Tenergy 80 (fh) and vega euro (bh) on both paddles. With rubbers, the Apolonia weighs a hefty 186 gms, while the Freitas comes in at 178 gms. The Apolonia feels like it weighs even more than 8 grams more than the Freitas. Yet, compared to my innerforce zlc, I swear the Apolonia is more linear and less bipolar (i.e. it feels easier to tame to me)--even as it meets and perhaps exceeds the pace of the IF. Typically, I don't fall for blades that feel this hefty. So, I'm surprised by just how much I enjoy my Apolonia. It manages the trick of being both soft and crisp. Of offering both control and, when called upon, a dangerous kick. This blade is effective from any distance, and, like the Freitas, it emits an extremely gratifying "crack" when you crunch the ball correctly. Basically, this blade deserves is steep price
semara  on 6/16/2016

Recently use this blade.. fh raystorm and bh omega v euro, this has awesome control.. good power and speed.. spin incredible if u pair with right rubber.. topspin so powerfull and loop is great with low arc that make opponent loss their confident..lol.. overall nice blade 😊
Ivanj21  on 12/11/2018

I tried many blades but this one is specific. I play with TBS then Freitas ALC and come to this one,because i miss that wood feeling. Mine is 91 gr.FL heavier than average what i want bcs i think heavier examples plays better and with less vibration. Medium soft and crisp,little vibration. Woody feel and control on slow strokes,when you step away from table and loop and specialy counterloop,then you see the power of the blade and how the hard ZLC layers start to kick the ball like a beast. Spin is very high on slow and very high on faster loops.Serving with high spin and low pace no problem. Paired better with harder rubbers because outer limba is soft. My combination 05 FH and 05 FX BH. This blade produce more spin than TBS and Freitas. Only the blocking is better with harder ALC-s. Overall is the beast.
jrado  on 6/21/2017

Similar to my Garaydia ALC, but with a few more top gears. Has tremendous catapult effect when looping hard. More dwell time and spin than my Garaydia ALC, but it is softer and sometimes not as crisp. Well crafted. Whether it is worth the price is up to the individual player. I am glad I bought it and have it, but I can honestly say that I think Butterfly has just made too many different blade models and the difference in some of their playing characteristics is not worth the increase in price. Case in point is the $425 Zhang Jike Super ZLC. My friend and I traded rackets for about half an hour. The difference between the Zhang Jike Super ZLC, my Tiago Apolonia ZLC and my Garaydia ALC?...better fitting handle and....that's about it..! Do I have the money to buy the Zhang Jike Super ZLC? Absolutely, no problem there, but is it worth the extra $$$ over my Garaydia ALC or TA ZLC? Not to me. I prefer my Garaydia ALC, if I didn't, I would have already bought the Zhang Jike Super ZLC.
waterboyd  on 12/13/2016

This blade great flex for top spin plus speed. it feel close to Marcos Freitas ALC but more vibration feedback, it heavier even blade thickness 5.65mm with thinner Ayous core that because of ZLC make it heavy. 2-Limba veneer with inner fiber ZLC, when you hit harder you will feel stiff power from inside, a unique characteristic.

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