MindTrip on 9/5/2016
I'd recommend this blade for a loop oriented player coming from an all wood blade who is looking for a larger sweet spot, but doesn't want a stiff carbon blade. This TB ZLF is great for at the net touch shots and close to mid distance controlled placement looping. It even counter hits pretty well. As with most blades, matching it to different rubber results in widely different experiences. This blade, maybe more so. I really struggled with softer rubbers glued to this blade. Tenergy 05fx and 64fx, Acuda S3 for example are nearly unplayable if you want to loop or loop drive. The flexibility of the ZLF blade and the softness of these rubbers made the ball dive into the net when looped. If I maintained more of a forward stroke when looping, I could loop with success, but the rubber was very very low throw. I have found Tenergy 05 or 80, Rakza 7, Rasant and Adidas P7 to compliment this blade well. Basically anything with a medium overall hardness. I rated this blade at 8.5 speed because it is slower than Viscaria, 9 control because it plays better at the net than Viscaria (Viscaria having more ratings as a base and I am very familiar with) and an overall rating of 8, because there are better playing blades available for much less cost.
illumind on 11/27/2015
Mine was 82g. Amazing blade for looping (dwell time), however I found the feeling quite muted compared to all wood blades I've used. Even some thin carbon/thin hinoki blades (like Joola Rossi Emotion) I found were less muted. I agree with Mindtrip about it potentially being non-linear with drives or close to table shots. It has stacks of dwell time, and I'd say too much with some some rubbers. Would be interested in trying the LS ZLF to compare, that looks like a better option if I was buying another. As usual with BTY, it's overpriced - as expected. I paid $100 off RRP and still felt it was moderately overpriced. Good blade if you're focusing purely on looping and happy to overlook it's querks.
CornelTT on 11/13/2014
Good blade, but I find Viscaria better in every aspects. Expensive.
Update 03.09.2014: It's a very good blade after all. Works perfect for close to table style of play, with very good control at high speed. Good for BH pimples offensive play.
Update 13.11.2014: I bought another TB ZLF quite old and used but it has 87g. Hard to find this weight today. But, you know, it's an absolute dream: fast (comparable to Viscaria), feeling and control are huge, very easy to play close to table blocks and topspin. At this weight, 87g, I tend to believe TB ZLF is a better blade than a 82-84g Viscaria.
pingpongcho 3 weeks ago
7 Ply: Koto-ZLF-Limba-Kiri-Limba-ZLF-Koto. Thickness: 5.4. Head: 157x150. Weight: 87. Dwell/Spin: 8.2. Feel/Vibrations: 4.4.
and 5 months ago
I have used Timo Boll ZLF blade for years with various rubbers on it: Tenergy, Rasanter and Hurricane. They all work well close to mid distance. I found that harder rubbers work better on this blade to provide extra gears away from the table when needed. The materials are Koto outer, ZLF 2nd, Limba 3rd and Kiri core. My blade fluctuates between 88 and 90 grams depending on humidity. This blade has no obvious downsides. Currently using Nittaku Hurricane 3 Pro Turbo 1.6 and Butterfly Spin Art 1.9. I really like it.