Butterfly Zhang Jike Super ZLC

Butterfly Zhang Jike Super ZLC Blade
Approx. $ 440 USD
Price $

User Ratings (41)

Speed 9.3
Control 9.2
Stiffness 6.2   
Stiff
Hardness 6.7   
Medium hard
Consistency 9.3   
Always identical
Overall 9.3 10
Manufacturer Details
Weight 90g
Plies 7
Materials 5 plies wood, 2 plies super ZL fiber/carbon
Thickness 5.6
There are 16 users using the Butterfly Zhang Jike Super ZLC.
The very first model with Super ZL-Carbon; Butterfly has succeeded in achieving not only a better reaction than existing blades, but also the expansion of the high-reaction area. It makes power and control possible at the same time.

Reviews (30)

killerbee  on 9/22/2013

I got one and there is indeed a difference between ZLC and SuperZLC. Super ZLC is more precise. The speed of the racket is rated as Off+, but a Schlager Carbon or Iolite Neo is clearly faster IMO. The quality of the blade is outstanding, as should be expected, if you pay 350 Euros. Is the experience worth the money? Well, I dont think so. Butterfly has gone crazy. They should reduce prices to 100 Euros max for allwood/ALC/ZLF/ZLC and can charge 150 Euros for SuperZLC. This would be fair. 350 Euros for a blade is simply ridiculous. Even 250 Euros is still far too expensive. Butterfly should wake up.
+9
thexrayhound  on 5/20/2013

A month ago I received my ZJ SZLC (flared handle) from Japan via USPS Express (not a fun experience.) Before I get to the review a brief introduction will show you my personal perspective: I am currently at around 1600 level and I play in a good club, at home with two regular partners, and practice with my dual wheel robot with LCD controls allowing alternating combinations of spin. REVIEW: The blade arrived in a gold color box as shown in some preliminary reviews. It appeared just as in the photographs at Butterflyonline. It weighed 87.2g -- on the lower side of the range. I placed 2.1 Tenergy 05 on both sides and compared it to my Timo Boll Spirit with 2.0 Tenergy 05 on each side. I did compare the feel to TB ZLC as well and to few other blades but those appeared to be apples to the orange and will not be discussed. Weight with the rubber on is 183.2g which is just over 2g more then the TBS (straight handle). The first thing one noticed was the sound when the ball made contact with the paddle -- it was a little lower pitch than TBS on average but very similar overall. The second thing I looked into was the sweet spot (so much hyped about). My quick "test" consisted of placing various parts of the paddle face in the way of the ball as delivered by the robot. I compared five points with TBS: Tip, base (close to handle), top and bottom, and middle. The angle of the paddle stayed the same so I could compare the length and height of the bounce. ZJ SZLC showed remarkable consistency. Not so for the TBS -- the base ball bounced farther, the tip and sides -- closer than the middle. Truly impressive I thought. Third on my mind was the feel (combination of hardness, stiffness, recoil, balance, vibration etc.) For me feel is related to control. Interestingly, my initial and overall impression is that TBS allows me much better feel. I could afford to get a little distracted during robot forehand drive rallies (some of which were set to hit the top of the net once in a while) and not miss a beat. With ZJ SZLC I had to pay very close attention (some of this may be due to comparing old T05 2.0 rubber to new T05 2.1 rubber.) I wanted to find out what gave the paddle this little "numbness". I checked the paddle movement upon contact with the ball while held firmly. It appeared that the ball made the top of the TBS paddle move (flex) back upon contact. This happened for all points of contact, including top (to a greater degree), bottom, and sweet-spot. That seemed like it should have been an undesirable effect. ZJ SZLC behaved differently. It showed very little of that flex even when the top was hit. Fourth in order was to look into the result of the above test (feel) and find out what this back-deflection meant. After some more robot hits I supposed that the deflection might had to do not with flex but more with blade balance and as well as the mechanics of the handle and grip (straight for TBS and flared for ZJ SZLC). With ZJ SZLC the back-deflection involved all of the paddle and was felt at the wrist and not the fingers (as with TBS.) Attention to this wrist push-back allowed me to get more feel for the paddle. Fifth in order was to check, somewhat objectively, the decreased feel of ZJ SZLC. I expected less accuracy and consistency. For the purpose I placed two paddles on the left and right side of the table and counted the hits while the robot was delivering a no-spin or top-spin ball. This was not close -- I was a lot more accurate with the ZJ SZLC. At some level that made sense - if the back-deflection with TBS gave me the "feel" then it would have also made it less accurate in drives (not in loops I guess). Sixth, ZJ SZLC did better in BH loops and drives (may be due to rubber). It also delivered a faster ball. That allowed me a shortened FH loop stroke - even far from the table - important at my age to save the shoulder and allowing me a good return even if a little late when close to the table. Seventh: So what did ZJ SZLC not do better than TBS? Short ball. This was seen in serve return, and in net saves. I felt I had a pretty good touch with TBS with no effort and relaxed wrist. Never had to think about those. Not so with ZJ SZLC. I have to relearn and get better than I was in order to use ZJ SZLC in a game. Short return serve is critical and TBS did better -- both in US return and flicks. So, in summary: Would I recommend it given the price? In short -- yes. The lower level players (like myself) may benefit more than higher level players from the increased accuracy with the larger sweet-spot. They may buy some time for deficient footwork and ball anticipation errors. The higher level players may be able to place even more devastating FH attacks (some at the club were very surprised by what seemed my very new and aggressive game style with the ZJ SZLC). What are the challenges with this paddle? - Short ball (meaning double bounce serves) and timing loop kills (not for any other reason but the fast speed exaggerates any timing issues.) I hope this helps. Eager to hear what other players think.
+7
sepomsb  on 11/16/2015

Sweet feeling for heavy money. Bought this blade (nittaku barwell fleet before) and immedeately felt the difference. Good balance, fantastic control, perfect set of gears. Cant say if its worth the money. But at least you dont have to worry, if there is a blade of better quality out there.
+2
yskim21  on 12/18/2016

This blade was pretty mediocre on the price value. I used it with Tenergy 05 on both sides, and although the contact was crisp, the blade was light, and in smashing the blade provided no feel, and when ever I wanted to do a speed drive, the blade did not come through at all. I changed back to my Timo Boll ZLC with Tenergy 64 on the forehand and Tenergy 05 on the backhand, and I immediately felt the ball hit more crisply, and the blocks and smashes were more accurate. I could also hit drives with more speed. I would not recommend the Zhang Jike Super ZLC. I myself really like the Timo Boll ZLC.
+1
al1  on 9/23/2014

27.3.2014: The ball behaves similarily at the ends of the blade and in the middle of the blade. Not found this in any other blade including hard carbon blades. I guess best players who hit only with the center of their blade do not need this kind of blade to keep their hits consistent. Used this only with Xiom Omega V Tour rubbers. Even with so slowish rubbers my playing style has gone worse, because I get good speed using only my wrist. So maybe I later put even slower rubbers to this blade. 24.9.2014: Now I have put Tibhar Genius Sound to FH and TSP Ventus Spin to BH. With this combination I can use long enough strokes. I tried couple of slower rubbers to this blade, but the ball speed was not following linearly the hitting speed and those were too difficult combinations (it was too difficult to estimate when the incoming speed + own hitting speed went over the point of discontinuity and balls did not land to the table).
+1

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