Thank you for your reply Achim and your translation Kees
I thought I’d provide some further feedback on the blade following a league match that I had on Friday. As previously mentioned, I had a two hour practice last week before my match and found the blade to be very good indeed. In fact in all of the games that I played at my practice, I didn’t lose a single game (winning all 3-0) which is unusual for me.
However the real test was at my league match last Friday. Being a summer league, the format is shorter and you only play two singles (rather than three) and a doubles. I won my first game quite comfortably. I’m not sure of the exact scores, but they were something like 11-6, 11-3, 11-8. My opponent was a pen-holder who always plays with a lot of side-spin and is good at smashing the ball. The first thing that I noticed was just how easy it was to return all of the balls back. The control with the Perfect was simply incredible and in the game that I won 11-3, I rarely attacked and instead opted to keep the ball on the table and under control. Of course I did hit a few that flew onto the table with a lot of spin!!
The second game was against a player that I’ve never beaten before. The last time we played, he beat me 3-0 quite easily, however this time I was playing with the Perfect! I won the first two games fairly comfortably, but to give my opponent credit, he fought back to level the game at 2-2. However I managed to see out the fifth and won it 11-8. Again, control was simply sublime and keeping the ball on the table was very easy indeed. There is a lot of feeling with this blade and I felt as if I could just knock it back onto the table all day long.
The only problem I found, which can be resolved through practice with it, is that you do need to work the blade. For example, on my other blades, when I forehand loop the ball I generate a lot of speed as well as spin. The ball will fly off the blade and arc onto the table. This is obviously very good for hitting but it does mean that the control isn’t going to be a good.
With the Perfect the control is better than any blade I’ve played with. However when hitting the ball, I found that I did need to hit it harder in order to get the ball to arc onto the table. It certainly generates massive amounts of spin (more than any blade I’ve used) but that catapult off the blade is missing. I’m using Butterfly Tenergy 05 FX (the soft sponge version) in 1.7mm and did wonder if I should be using something with a more medium sponge. Maybe something like Andro Shifter 1.7mm?
Having said all of this, there were a few forehand loop / smashes that I performed that absolutely rocketed onto the table. This seemed to happen when the ball made contact right in the centre of the blade (the sweet spot).
Anyway, I’ve got another league match tonight so will use the Perfect again. In summary, my thoughts are:
- Great control (the best I’ve experienced)
- Ability to create incredible spin
- Excellent to block with (both forehand and backhand)
- Very well balanced and light in weight
- Very good to hit with if the ball makes contact in the centre of the bat