Should I Switch My Blade To A Slower One

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Last updated 8 years ago

Brian Park

Brian Park Asked 8 years ago

Hello, this is my first, "Ask The Coach" Post I will be making on When I started out, I started out with a Primorac Carbon (because my coach told me to, but I don't know why) and afterwards I realized after surfing on the web that it was too fast of a blade. I want to move down from my Primorac carbon + sriver 2.1mm on both sides to something more controllable, is there something you would recommend? Also, should I move down, or is it too late (8 months exp.)? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Brian,

Welcome to the Ask the Coach world...

If you are feeling that the blade is too fast then you should change.

If you want to stay with a Butterfly blade for comparison then choose something that has their OFF- or even ALL+ rating on it.  I don’t have any specific recommendation there but if you choose something in that range you won’t go wrong.

Of course the other option is always the PingSkills Touch which is more of an Allround blade.

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Brian Park

Brian Park Posted 8 years ago

Yes it is too fast, so I think I'll change. I have three choices right now on my list. The fastest one being the timo boll spirit, the medium one being the Primorac OFF- and finally the Pingskills Touch. Would there be a major difference between the primorac and the touch?

Brian Park

Brian Park Posted 8 years ago

Also, if you were to use the butterfly rating system, what would you rate your blade as? ALL? ALL+?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Brian,

You won't find much difference.  Just see which is easiest for you.  The Touch would be close to ALL+.

Rob Janssen

Rob Janssen Posted 8 years ago

The Timo Boll Spirit would not be much slower than your current blade. I am using it right now and I would say its way to fast for someone who is only playing for 9 months. 

I used a Timo Boll ALL+ before and Its a very controlled blade. Ball stays longer on the racket and I think you will like it. You can also go with the Stiga Allround NCT but there is not much difference between these 2 blades apart from the Timo Boll ALL+ beeing 10 euros cheaper.

So I would reccomend that one. Also the choice of rubber you make is importent. If you feel like you have a good forehand topspin you can go with the Sriver 2.1 mm. And if you have a good backhand you can take the same rubber on you backhand but if you feel like your backhand topspin isnt the best and you have trouble developing a good backhand then the Sriver-FX is a good choice. Because of the softer sponge its easier to let the ball sync into the sponge and brush the ball. If you have a too hard rubber the ball will leave the rubber without fully grabbing into the ball and the ball will fly of the rubber with unpredicteble trajectories but this is something you will learn when you play for a longer time.

Hope this helped you and goodluck!

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