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guni4you
02-26-2019, 01:45 PM
Hi,

I just noticed that many chinese players like fan zhendong, fang bo, liang jingkun, wang chuqin, zhang jike use butterfly viscaria these days. Why is that? Is viscaria really very good with chinese rubbers? What are the reasons for its popularity in the chinese team. Moreover, what would be good weight for viscaria. Are heavy considered better? Would love to hear everyones thoughts and suggestions about these questions.

G_ZHANG
02-26-2019, 04:23 PM
1 it’s very balanced and suitable for pros

2 viscaria suitable for bh advantage players, like ZJK,FZD, LGY, LJK etc.. Fang Bo is FH advantage so he used 968 before. But recently switched to Vis.

3 Follow the teammates. They just use what successfully teammate used, like ZJK

vik2000
02-26-2019, 05:44 PM
The legend has it that using Viscaria will automatically most your TT rating by 30%.

guni4you
02-27-2019, 04:14 AM
Why is viscaria better for backhand and why is 968 better for forehand than viscaria?
1 it’s very balanced and suitable for pros

2 viscaria suitable for bh advantage players, like ZJK,FZD, LGY, LJK etc.. Fang Bo is FH advantage so he used 968 before. But recently switched to Vis.

3 Follow the teammates. They just use what successfully teammate used, like ZJK

zeio
02-27-2019, 04:36 AM
My take on that "phenomenon" from 2013. How time flies! Reproduced here for future reference.

http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=62038&PID=739598&title=mmaze-vs-viscaria#739598



Maze from my point of view is for a forehand oriented game, viscaria is balanced backhand forehand game, if your forehand is far better than your backhand go for the maze. Moreover the viscaria
has much more feel than the maze. The forehand of the maze is one of the most deadly among all blades not just the viscaria.

Blades have forehands now not players? And this is not even a special blade with different speeds on forehand and backhand...

Like Baal said, go to a club, hit with both blades and get a feel for them before you buy. Note that this does not guarantee that what you buy will play exactly as you expect, but it is better than spending $100 on a blade and not liking it.
Viscaria is almost unanimously worshipped as the blade with perhaps the most versatile backhand yet highly demanding forehand among EJs and non-EJs alike in China. OTOH, Stiga blades are widely praised for their forehand prowess and feel. Posts often pop up daily telling how bad or great it feels on either the forehand or backhand side whenever a person switches from one to the other brand. Much of it could well be due to the influence of Zhang Jike and Wang Liqin and I used to shrug it off. However, having spent considerable time with the Viscaria(so far 1.5 yrs) and Offensive Wood NCT(short of 3 yrs) with similar rubbers, I can sort of apprehend. Part of that may have to do with the diverse impact locations on the blade face between forehand and backhand strokes. The marks on my H3 and Hexer HD are far from reversed along the long axis. They scatter over concentrated regions, which are known to exhibit different COR values. When these locations are struck, various modes of vibration are excited at different amplitudes depending on the setup, grip, form etc., where the corresponding mode shapes are transferred to the hand. In the event one's forehand or backhand stroke happens to hit the region that matches his game, the player could be under the impression that blade is more suited for that particular side.