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Zaid323918
02-14-2017, 05:10 AM
Hi everyone,
What rubbers would go well with the Timo Boll Spark? I have narrowed down to Donic Bluefire M3 or Xiom vega Pro. Though if you have any other good rubber suggestions please list them. Thanks.

Zaid323918
02-14-2017, 05:14 AM
Oh yeah I also wanted to know if the Spark is better than the joola K5 so if you know anything about either blade please tell me.

Baal
02-14-2017, 11:58 AM
I had one when it first came out. Very soft feeling blade (only has arylate, no carbon) and pretty slow. I think you could get away with a faster and harder rubber than M3, but this kind of thing is always a question of taste.

UpSideDownCarl
02-14-2017, 03:52 PM
What Baal said is part of why I love that blade. Spark feels really nice to me. The handle is a strange shape. But if it is comfortable in your hand, it is worth it. And if you can get your hands on a TB Spark, they don't make them any more, and it is a really good blade. And it feels really nice. Soft but still crisp.

I do think you can put any rubber you want on it. The ones you listed are fine. A harder Bluefire, as Baal suggested would also be fine. Especially if Vega Pro isn't too hard for you.

But any offensive rubber should work well on that blade.


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Zaid323918
02-14-2017, 03:58 PM
What Baal said is part of why I love that blade. Spark feels really nice to me. The handle is a strange shape. But if it is comfortable in your hand, it is worth it. And if you can get your hands on a TB Spark, they don't make them any more, and it is a really good blade. And it feels really nice. Soft but still crisp.

I do think you can put any rubber you want on it. The ones you listed are fine. A harder Bluefire, as Baal suggested would also be fine. Especially if Vega Pro isn't too hard for you.

But any offensive rubber should work well on that blade.


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Oh I already have it. (my dad had it but didn't use it) I will probably go with the Vega Pro because it's harder like you said and also because I have played with it quite a bit on different blades. Still do you know how the Spark is compared to the Joola K5 (my current blade)

UpSideDownCarl
02-14-2017, 04:17 PM
Okay. Some questions now:

1) what makes you want to change blades if you already have the K5? Is there something you don't like about the K5v

2) if you changed blades, what are you hoping to accomplish: faster, slower, more control, more spin, different feeling????

Also, an idea: why don't you dress them in the same clothing, I mean rubbers, and see how each of them feels to you. Since you have the blades, might as well take your time to feel out which one you like better.


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Baal
02-14-2017, 05:10 PM
I imagine M3 Bluefire on a Spark would feel a bit like playing TT with a banana.

ttmonster
02-14-2017, 05:45 PM
with or without the peel ? young or old ? green or yellow ? organic or not ? :p

I imagine M3 Bluefire on a Spark would feel a bit like playing TT with a banana.

Baal
02-14-2017, 07:11 PM
Peeled. A bit old. National version.

Zaid323918
02-14-2017, 07:13 PM
Okay. Some questions now:

1) what makes you want to change blades if you already have the K5? Is there something you don't like about the K5v

2) if you changed blades, what are you hoping to accomplish: faster, slower, more control, more spin, different feeling????

Also, an idea: why don't you dress them in the same clothing, I mean rubbers, and see how each of them feels to you. Since you have the blades, might as well take your time to feel out which one you like better.


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I am currently playing with the K5. It works well but the handle is hurting my hand and flicking with it is so so. My father suggested that I should try out the TB Spark. It's handle is more comfortable but I have heard that there was some flex. I was thinking maybe putting the right rubber on it would fix that. But like you said I think I should experiment and see how they go.

Zaid323918
02-14-2017, 07:14 PM
Peeled. A bit old. National version.

Oh lol

UpSideDownCarl
02-14-2017, 09:02 PM
I am currently playing with the K5. It works well but the handle is hurting my hand and flicking with it is so so. My father suggested that I should try out the TB Spark. It's handle is more comfortable but I have heard that there was some flex. I was thinking maybe putting the right rubber on it would fix that. But like you said I think I should experiment and see how they go.

Flex can be seen as a good thing or a bad thing depending on who is doing the seeing.

The softness and the flex from the Spark are good for touch shots and looping. Stiffer and harder help the player who has excellent touch and/or who uses the blade to some extent for drive-looping.

I have a friend who is 2600 who used a Spark until it broke on him. He was not very happy. It took him a while to figure out what to replace it with. He finally settled on a TB ZLF. So the Spark can be used way up to a very high level.

*****But let's find out about what from the K5 handle bothers you:

Is it the wings digging into your hand? Or is there some other part of the handle that hurts your hand? A file and some ingenuity might allow you to customize the handle to your needs.

It will still be worth testing out whether the Spark works for you. I love that blade. Who knows, you may love it too. But it is soft and not everyone will like it.


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Zaid323918
02-14-2017, 09:51 PM
Flex can be seen as a good thing or a bad thing depending on who is doing the seeing.

The softness and the flex from the Spark are good for touch shots and looping. Stiffer and harder help the player who has excellent touch and/or who uses the blade to some extent for drive-looping.

I have a friend who is 2600 who used a Spark until it broke on him. He was not very happy. It took him a while to figure out what to replace it with. He finally settled on a TB ZLF. So the Spark can be used way up to a very high level.

*****But let's find out about what from the K5 handle bothers you:

Is it the wings digging into your hand? Or is there some other part of the handle that hurts your hand? A file and some ingenuity might allow you to customize the handle to your needs.

It will still be worth testing out whether the Spark works for you. I love that blade. Who knows, you may love it too. But it is soft and not everyone will like it.


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The K5 handle is a bit too thick for me to get a comfortable grip (I have small hands :()

UpSideDownCarl
02-15-2017, 12:50 AM
Nothing wrong with trying the Spark. But you can also file down the K5 handle to be the exact size and shape you want. It will take some work. But it is not that hard.


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