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I've been asked to sort out a new bat for a club member. He's a 75 year old pusher with a few flat smashes here and there but naturally just pushes. Pretty decent at it, about RC 800 and plays in our top level.

Previously has used Rasant Grip on both a Stiga Offensive Classic WRB and a Xiom Aria Lite and quite liked them thought the Xiom may have been a little lively. Both blades are now broken.

Looking at getting him either Stiga Allround Classic or Xiom Allround S but not sure what to pair with as I'm not going with Rasant Grip this time. Do you think that any common tensor will do the job or are there ones more suited to pushing. What about sponge thickness, max or maybe slightly thinner?

He borrowed a bat last night that was Chinese blade and rubber and HATED it which I suspect was a matter of feel of harder sponge and a stiff blade.

So I suspect its just a matter of getting a slow blade with medium/soft tensor rubbers in he'll be fine. What do you think?

Pips are not an option.

Edit: Just spoke with him on the phone and he says spin is more important than speed. When he hits a smash he knows its going to be fast enough no matter what he uses but when playing well with his push game he wants the spin to do fantastic things.

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How about the VS>401?

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my go-to blade for beginners is the Stiga Allround Classic.
Rakza 7 soft 1.8 for rubber, although there are numerous options.


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Lordcope I'd thought of the Vs401 but wonder if a bit risky being tacky.

Pre you've said 'soft' and 1.8mm we these choices sure to ability or style?

I'm throwing Barracuda/big slam into the ring as it's advertised as vicious spin. Also one of the new poly ball rubbers like Joola Maxxx-P.

I think post of the battle might be in the head in that if I can show him on a packet that it's spinny, I've probably done my bit. In reality we know there is probably little difference in them all.



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Cobalt wrote:

Pre you've said 'soft' and 1.8mm we these choices sure to ability or style?


hey Cobalt - if this is to me - can you translate? :D
My best guess is: "PRW - you've said soft and 1.8mm: are these choices due to ability or style?"

If I am right - both! Actually 2mm rubber would be good as well, but I find the Rakza is a great controllable rubber, which gives a lot of spin without taking as much. The soft version to allow the ball to dig in.


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PRW wrote:
Cobalt wrote:

Pre you've said 'soft' and 1.8mm we these choices sure to ability or style?


hey Cobalt - if this is to me - can you translate? :D
My best guess is: "PRW - you've said soft and 1.8mm: are these choices due to ability or style?"

If I am right - both! Actually 2mm rubber would be good as well, but I find the Rakza is a great controllable rubber, which gives a lot of spin without taking as much. The soft version to allow the ball to dig in.


lol, wrote it quickly before coming to work. I read your translation and thought 'Thats what I wrote', then I read what I actually did write......... :?: The 'swype' obviously didn't behave.

I like the look of the Razka 7 Soft but would prefer in 2mm and its not available at the ooakshop right now.

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Baracuda 1.8mm (or 2.0mm) should work, plenty of spin, decent for hitting. Victas 401 might be a little hard (sponge) so does not give so much of the Tensor feel when hitting, although it's very spinny for pushing. Victas VS 402 Limber or V 01 Limber also good options (1.8mm), spinny and soft. Softer Tensors tend to be really nice for hitting.

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Thanks for the input from everyone.

I'm sure all those options would be really good however as its for someone else I sort of went for a fairly safe option with a Yasaka Sweden Classic with Donic Baracuda in 2.0mm. I'm sure he'll like it, if not its only 12 months until we'll do it all again.

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