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 Post subject: balsa issues
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2019, 02:40 
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what are the benefits and/or disadvantages of the balsa core blades especially for blocking with long pips or anti?

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 Post subject: Re: balsa issues
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2019, 06:07 
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There are no advantages when blocking with frictionless anti imho as the reversal tends to be low. I don't know exactly why that would be but that is my experience and that's also what you can find in specialized forums like Noppentest.

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 Post subject: Re: balsa issues
PostPosted: 29 Jul 2019, 09:43 
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Agree balsa and anti not good.

OX long pips can have strong reversal with balsa blades. The trouble is that you must have excellent touch vs an incoming topspin ball. At the table you have to block without moving the bat forward at contact. Some even pull back slightly at contact (I don't have the touch for it).


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 Post subject: Re: balsa issues
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I wrote this article on balsa blade properties some time ago, might be useful?

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A thick balsa blade is my choice for using with long pips OX.

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 Post subject: Re: balsa issues
PostPosted: 29 Jul 2019, 19:09 
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I've been advised that fast balsa blades give maximum reversal for OX lp. My experience is that this is the case. I have a friend who uses a Dr N blasa blade that's as fast as index finger... he hits and blocks with OX LP... very nasty to deal with.

I've played a little bit with a T11 (Balsa+Carbon) while I've been away from home... I've found it to be great with OX pips - I used Dtecs and Pogo. I chop more than block and hit, and surprisingly, I found it very nice to chop with too.

I'm much less happy with the balsa feel on my FH though, but it's all personal.

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 Post subject: Re: balsa issues
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The top player around the Indianapolis area around the year 2000 was Richard Hicks, who was rated somewhat over 2200 (IIRC) and was a chopper with long pips. He used a thick balsa blade. He was getting them from a person who used to post on Usenet (can't remember the name now but he was one of the more vocal opponents of the 40mm ball). It had a slot where you could slide a piece of paper under the lens of the blade - his said "Richard Hicks". Must've been 10-12mm thick.

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 Post subject: Re: balsa issues
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Soft, slow on low impact, faster than expected on high impact, non-linear "whippy" high-latency feel. Usually feels matchboxy/hollow due to necessay combination with harder outer plies.

It's like fighting a fat guy: jabs do nothing, one hard punch and the fun is over.

Personally, I would rather eat a balsa blade than play with one.


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