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PostPosted: 23 Oct 2018, 09:43 
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Title says it all.

What and why please.

For me, feel. If it doesn't "feel" right I won't use it. By feel I mean how it feels in my hand and how it feels when a ball bounces on it.


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At the risk of being obtuse, that it stays in my hand. A bat in the hand is worth an infinite number that end up in the bush.

I suppose after that is predictability. It does what it should, or rather I can predict what will happen with a particular shot.

Next is spin. The ability to impart spin. Lots of spin. Even spin when other people think that it shouldn't matter.

It helps a lot if the handle feels comfortable. Otherwise one gets too callous.

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Hard to say but perhaps it is balance. Since I have a combination playing style and setup I like to feel that its offensive potency is equally balanced by its defensive security so that I have the performance and confidence that I need on both sides.

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For me it's probably spin. I can adjust to a lot of things, but if the bat is not highly suitable for creating high spin, it's not suitable for me.

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Any blade that provides crisp contact and good flex and has a long contact duration.

Another thing is sweet spot on the blade has to pretty much cover almost 60% - 80% of the blade :lol:

Very few blades give all that. What I found was OverSize blades obviously have larger than usual sweet spot ! :lol:

Balsa are soft enough to give long contact duration, but the combo of soft-core + semi-hard ... flexi top-ply... is still a struggle. Koto seems to work well ... not sure if Limba or Kiri is more suited ... haven't changed and tried anything other than koto top-ply.

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Debater wrote:
Title says it all.

What and why please.

For me, feel. If it doesn't "feel" right I won't use it. By feel I mean how it feels in my hand and how it feels when a ball bounces on it.


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I like fat.

Fat thickness, fat handle, fat shoulder, something to hold on to. Gives a secure feeling.

I also like acoustic qualities, using composite now, but much prefer all wood "crack" during high impact. I just received my newest stiff fatty, so far ticks most of the right boxes.

BTW I'm a penholder, not very many people talk about penhold handle thickness. To me, that's very important.


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man_iii wrote:
Any blade that provides crisp contact and good flex and has a long contact duration.

Another thing is sweet spot on the blade has to pretty much cover almost 60% - 80% of the blade :lol:

Very few blades give all that. What I found was OverSize blades obviously have larger than usual sweet spot ! :lol:

Balsa are soft enough to give long contact duration, but the combo of soft-core + semi-hard ... flexi top-ply... is still a struggle. Koto seems to work well ... not sure if Limba or Kiri is more suited ... haven't changed and tried anything other than koto top-ply.


Hi man_iii, i recommend you switch the balsa for an alc/aramid carbon (boll, stradivarius etc). Hard and crispy yet semi-flexy at the same time.


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LOOPOVER wrote:
Debater wrote:
Title says it all.

What and why please.

For me, feel. If it doesn't "feel" right I won't use it. By feel I mean how it feels in my hand and how it feels when a ball bounces on it.


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It "prevents" me from going for shots 100% if I'm not 100% comfortable with the feel and response from the setup. It smothers my confidence.

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man_iii wrote:
Any blade that provides crisp contact and good flex and has a long contact duration.

Another thing is sweet spot on the blade has to pretty much cover almost 60% - 80% of the blade :lol:

Very few blades give all that. What I found was OverSize blades obviously have larger than usual sweet spot ! :lol:

Balsa are soft enough to give long contact duration, but the combo of soft-core + semi-hard ... flexi top-ply... is still a struggle. Koto seems to work well ... not sure if Limba or Kiri is more suited ... haven't changed and tried anything other than koto top-ply.


Hi man_iii, i recommend you switch the balsa for an alc/aramid carbon (boll, stradivarius etc). Hard and crispy yet semi-flexy at the same time.


Hard to change when I am used to the Balsa stuff now :-) Friend has Timo Boll ALC ... another guy has Xiom Stradivarius .... None of them worked for me ... too fast ... not enough dwell time ... not much flex at all ... etc etc :lol:

Maybe Balsa blades are more forgiving for beginners ? :lol:

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  • DHS PowerG-9 : FH/BH-729SuperFX
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Every blade I've ever tried has the same "important characteristic": they don't hit the ball where I aim it!


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PostPosted: 25 Oct 2018, 08:52 
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birchamboi wrote:
Every blade I've ever tried has the same "important characteristic": they don't hit the ball where I aim it!

That's a fault with the ball, not the blade ;)


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Feel. A dead feel to it. :lol: :rofl:


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For me, it's the following : -

  • The Grip
  • Balance & Control - The sort that provides sense of security when on the offensive, or defence
  • Balanced Spin & Speed
  • Off-late I've developed a fondness for that Crisp feel and sound, on offensive shots.
  • Just that right amount Some vibration/feeling of the ball


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