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Filippo Rotunno

Filippo Rotunno Asked 12 years ago

Dear Alois and Jeff

I have for years used a Stiga Tube light blade and JO Waldner rubbers. Since these rubbers are not sold any more I have thought of getting used to the more popular Butterfly rubbers. I have therefore invested in a new all Butterfly bat with a Timo Boll Tri Carbon blade and as rubbers Sriver EL on f/h and Tackifire on b/h.

Now that the season is over I have tried it but alas the experiment is not working. The blade is too heavy but I could live with it. Sriver EL is not as controllable as JO. Tackifire however is an interesting rubber and found it even better when using it on the f/h. I have used this bat 3 times and lost to two players that I generally beat.

Should I persevere for a little longer? Should I keep the blade and use it with my trusted rubbers? Or should I return to my old love? In the latter case what is a reasonable substitute for Jo? And what about Tackifire any comments? On the f/h I drive with a flat action as I have never been able to spin with real effectiveness. On the b/h can attack but I generally block or tend to push with chop.

Kind regards and thank you for the excellent job that you do.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 12 years ago

Hi Filippo,

Firstly I must say that Timo Boll is sitting right in front of me so I better not say anything too bad about his blade! 

I think you should persevere with your new set up.  It often takes a little while to make the small adjustments that you need to play well.

Give it month or two before you make a final decision.  Otherwise this game becomes expensive! 

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