Avalox Blue Thunder 555 (BT555)
Review of Avalox Blue Thunder 555 (BT555)My blade of choice.
After trying different blades (BT555, BT550, waldner allplay, sweden classic, clipper, Persson powerplay, 7p-2a, oc cr wrb, redshank and Bulldozer) I find this (BT555) the most fitting for me.
Everytime i take this blade in my hand, it just feels right, like it's the right one.
But i don't find the handle perfekt. It's too round. When I start sweatting it Can feel a little unstable. But I think it's one of the best handles out the. But found stigas straight handle the best. I think it's the combo of a bigger and shorter handle with thin blade (5,7 mm) and good weight balance, that makes it feel right. And maybe Because it's the blade I trained most intense with.
The blade is medium with some flex. Has a medium-soft feel. Vibrates only a little. Has alot of spring-effect.
Makes medium hard chinese rubbers more alive and less dead.
I use it with Palio cj8000 36-38 (without biotech) both sides. The rubber is medium-hard with a medium surface. Slightly to medium tacky and pretty grippy. Little grainy surface.
I think that makes a setup with many gears for short- and mid-distance play. At least it does for me.
Good for spinny and varied placements. Can hit and smash well. My looping is in general bad. But When i do make a good loop it has a good arc with heavy landing Starndard topspinning is great. Blocking is good. But with practice it will turn better. Can make Them spinny and varied. Good for counter-looping.
Serves is spinny and varied as well.
It's a well-balanced blade/setup.
Nov 25, 2013
Review of Darker 7P-2AThis is the exact blade I was looking for. Light, medium-stiff, soft, lower end offensive, good control and lying good in the hand. The handle would've been perfect for me if it was 1 mm wider and 1 mm thinner. The lenght is little longer than avalox and little shorter than Stiga.
It's not too stiff. Just stiff enough for what I need.
Overall I think it's somewhere between Avalox BT555 and Stiga Clipper. But lighter than both of them. It's exactly what I was looking for
Besides for the minor handle preference, it's the perfect blade for me.
BUT I will use BT555 until my basics gets good. My biggest problem is standing in the right position, the right place at the right moment. Which also means that my looping sucks. Turns more into hitting. And my blade angle is too often too open when flipping and smashing Because of the wrong standing (most of the time). So the best thing for me is having a workhorse right now.
5 ply all-wood blade with cheap chinese euro/jap-style rubbers.
Nov 18, 2013
Review of Stiga ClipperStraight handle. Mark V 1,8 on both sides.
This blade is very good. Not as fast as one could expect from an off+ blade.
It's very slow in the shortgame. When I try to topspin or loop the ball, it's still slow compared to flexier blades.
I am not very good in looping. But that's one of the reasons why I bought this blade. I feel more confident in looping, Because this blade needs you to work more for the power.
Normally I play with BT555 and cj8000 36-38 2.0 both sides.
For passive play the ball goes medium-low. In the beginning I had problems getting the balls to the other side of the net. But when I started to put in more power, the ball went over. Like the high throw from the rubbers starts to kick in when playing more offensive. Again this blade needs one to put in own strenght to get out the power.
I don't find clipper much better for smashing than BT555. But it's definitely much better for blocking.
BT555 has more dwelltime and is better for generating spin.
Clipper has a big sweetspot.
I think clipper has better control for forehand looping. And BT555 is better for backhand looping.
I actually think that low-level players can't go wrong with this one.
The biggest reason why I bought this
blade, is the handle. I think clipper and stiga straight handles in general is the best there is.
Clipper is pretty heavy. But not headheavy. It gives a good balance for heavy rubbers. Only making it a little head-heavy compared to lighter blades.
Jan 10, 2014