Butterfly Innerforce Layer ALC

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Brand
Butterfly
Category
Blades
Reviews
4
Rating
5.00 star(s) 4 ratings
Price
$200

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Speed
7.7
Control
9.4
Hardness
6.1
Durability
8.8

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Butterfly's new blade for 2015, the Innerforce Layer ALC. This blade is incorporated with a mixture of Arylate and Arboni. A high quality model which possesses both outstanding control and explosive power.

Latest reviews

The best balanced blade i played with yet
Pros
  • control
  • speed
  • heavy (90+g)
  • nice handle
  • ok price
Cons
  • not the best in any of those things
Its probably the best blade when you want to attack with high spin and speed, but still dont want to loose out on controll. Especially great for players who have a good base technique and want to grow with a faster blade.

On my humble opinion it has even greater control than an allwood blade. Simply because there are 2 layers of wood over the alc carbon layer you have a better feeling right before hitting really hard.

I personally use the Donic BluefireM2 on both sides and still have the feeling the spin is not crazy, which is completely fine for me. It still feels really easy to open up the game with it.

The handle is indeed really short, as mentioned here before, but still thick enough imo.

The speed again is really good but nothing crazy like a Fan Zen Dong ZLC. Compared to an allwood blade its still really fast.

And thats what this blade is. Its not the best at any of those points but is really good overall with great control. This probably the best blade for amateur players who are maybe in their 2nd - 5th year.
Speed
8
Control
10
Hardness
7
Durability
9
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My Review of the Innerforce Layer ALC
Pros
  • Speed
  • Spin
  • Control
  • Feel
  • Durability
  • Some flexibility
  • Comfortable handle
  • Designer appearance
Cons
  • price?
A great blade from Butterfly. I personally love the feel of this maginificent blade.
It's speed is great, nothing crazy but enough to hit killers.
The spin is quite something to talk about too, it has a good balance between being stiff and being flexy, but it has just enough flex to provide great deals of spin (with correct technique of course).
The control is also one of the greatest traits of this blade, being not so quick and responsive, it has a good amount of control.
The feel is the best part, it has little vibration, but just enough to feel it.
Its durability is fine too, have been using it for a few months now and up to this point no signs of being used (even after some small throws :D).
The handle is quite comfortable and big enough. Some people complained being too small, but I think it is okay (for mid-sized hands). Also I like the blue colors it features and the logo is also something really cool.
Only thing I can mention as a drawback is its price, isn't it a bit overpriced? Of course, it shouldn't be a problem, because we usually don't replace blades as often as rubbers, but still its price is a little bit too much, in my honest opinion. On the other hand, if you care about that and look after that properly, it shouldn't be a problem using it for years before having to replace that with a new one.

Essence is, it is a great blade, if you need speed, spin, control and feel, you get this. No regrets. I don't think I will change this one, ever. :D
Speed
6
Control
9
Hardness
6
Durability
9
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P1ngP0ng3r
Hi, why you left it and what are you using at the moment?
GregorTT425
GregorTT425
Hello, thanks for the question!

I eventually left the blade mainly because of my style of change. A few months ago I started playing in modern defensive style with anti. For anti, the innercarbon is not the best choice if you are looking for control. So I changed to a 5-ply allwood blade, the Stiga Cybershape Wood. Much better for my new style, as it gives me more control and flex for my spins while still maintaining a good speed and looking magnificent.
GregorTT425
GregorTT425
Update: I eventually returned to the blade.
Pros
  • Good speed
  • Good control
  • Well balanced
Cons
  • Thinner handle
If you love the feel, dwell, and control of a limba/ayous wood blade but also appreciate the increased stability and sweet spot of ALC then this is the blade for you.

The cool thing that Butterfly did with the Innerforce layer blade is they placed the ALC layers deeper near the core of the blade. That results in more sensation and feel from the 2 layers of limba contacting the ball with increased stability and accuracy for blocking and hitting as well as power away from the table. Comparing it directly to an all wood blade its short game is great and controlled but when you swing hard that's when the ALC kicks in providing an extra boost.

Slightly slower than a Viscaria or Timo Boll ALC but with better control, feel, and sensation. The only thing I don't like about it is it has a thinner handle. I actually had a friend customize it with a big meaty Tibhar Force Pro black handle and now it's perfect. Great blade.
Speed
9
Control
9.2
Hardness
5.9
Durability
7.5
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Pros
  • control
  • speed
Cons
  • slim fl handle
  • top heavy
Plies: 5W+2AC. Limba – Limba – Arylate Carbon - Ayous - Arylate Carbon –Limba – Limba

Feeling: Medium Soft due to 2 plies of limba and carbon layer more centrally aligned.

Craftsmanship: Beautiful as always. With the new hologram at the back of the handle it looks precious.

Weight Distribution: Top heavy. The blade's shape is little oval and not round.

Power: Good from mid distance and close.

Speed: Off+ (As per my skills)

Control: The ball sinks little deep due to limba. Counters and other control shots will feel good if not used with a super fast rubber.

Precision: Once you are in sync with this blade it is very accurate to place the ball any where on the board.

Thickness: 6.0 mm.

Blade Size: 157 x 150 mm.

Grip Comfort: Since I like slim flared grips this works perfect for me. Others might differ.

Chinese Rubber bonding:
Haven't tried any Chinese rubber on this blade.

Euro-Jap Rubber bonding: Awesome pairing with Tenergy and other tensors.

Speed
7.9
Control
9.4
Hardness
5.6
Durability
9.7
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