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 Post subject: Balsa rubbers
PostPosted: 19 Oct 2018, 19:17 
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Hello. First time on this board. Would consider myself an intensely motivated noob from the UK. Hello.

I have been playing a Joola Rosskopf Emotion + Hurricane III Neo setup for a long time and that is the setup that keeps the balls on the table for me.

I am experimenting with different other setups on the side, one of which is the new Joola Air Fibre balsa blade. But I’m having a hard time finding info on balsa and wondering if you guys out there have suggestions for what rubbers to pair balsa blades with?

I play safe with Hurricanes on a carbon blade which truthfully is overkill for me. My coach suggests hard sponges on all-wood blades so now trying out T05 on Primorac which I could get used to one day I guess. All this to say, I’m open to experimentation but would love to hear from intermediate balsa users what preference you have...

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 Post subject: Re: Balsa rubbers
PostPosted: 19 Oct 2018, 21:22 
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HeathrowTerminal2 wrote:
Hello. First time on this board. Would consider myself an intensely motivated noob from the UK. Hello.

I have been playing a Joola Rosskopf Emotion + Hurricane III Neo setup for a long time and that is the setup that keeps the balls on the table for me.

I am experimenting with different other setups on the side, one of which is the new Joola Air Fibre balsa blade. But I’m having a hard time finding info on balsa and wondering if you guys out there have suggestions for what rubbers to pair balsa blades with?

I play safe with Hurricanes on a carbon blade which truthfully is overkill for me. My coach suggests hard sponges on all-wood blades so now trying out T05 on Primorac which I could get used to one day I guess. All this to say, I’m open to experimentation but would love to hear from intermediate balsa users what preference you have...

Thanks!


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The safest answer would be Your current rubbers. That's way, You could appreciate the difference with your own blade, and grasp what change should you pick. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Balsa rubbers
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2018, 03:03 
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I agree with BeGo. My first balsa blade was a similar construction to yours, albeit a bit faster (Yasaka Synergy), and I find it difficult to use with euro style (soft, no tack) rubbers as well as with short pips. With chinese style, firm and a bit tacky rubbers (like Hurricane) it works a lot better. So if you really want to use that Joola Air Fibre, try the Hurricane III on it.

About the concept of "balsa rubbers": IMO there is no such thing.

There are huge differences between blades with balsa. My second balsa blade was a Re-Impact prototype which worked excellently with euro-style rubbers, and not at all with chinese style rubbers. This blade had no fiber reinforcement, and a huge balsa core (two parts, 6+9mm thick) making the overall thickness around 20 mm (yep, that was just the blade, no rubbers). Looked weird but was the best blade I have had. After a tournament a few years ago it disappeared somehow...

I have had a few other balsa blades, with and without fiber (carbon, fiberglass) reinforcement. They are all different. Some work well with pips, others don't. Some are geared to a particular type of sponge, others work with "anything".


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 Post subject: Re: Balsa rubbers
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2018, 10:11 
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One thing that's come out of the many posts about ReImpact blades is to use slightly thinner sponge (2.0 or 1.8mm instead of Max).

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