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guni4you
03-05-2019, 08:03 PM
Hi,

For those users who have tried both HL5 AND W968. Is the difference between the two blades night and day? Moreover, is the quality of wood used a lot better than commercial HL5? Would love to hear your experiences.

lVegita
03-05-2019, 08:16 PM
https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/showthread.php?19584-W968-vs-Hurricane-Long-5-commercial-version

G_ZHANG
03-05-2019, 10:11 PM
Some have been discussed on https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/showthread.php?17011-W968-curious/page2

to add more,
It's not the type of wood. But the type of glue and fibre used. On 968, the fibre feels more "blend in" to the wood, thus more linear.
The fibre kicks in ealier on ML5, thus you can get more carbon feel. So it feels stiffer.

guni4you
03-06-2019, 05:22 PM
Thanks a lot for the info.
https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/showthread.php?19584-W968-vs-Hurricane-Long-5-commercial-version

guni4you
03-06-2019, 05:39 PM
Thanks for being so helpful.
Some have been discussed on https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/showthread.php?17011-W968-curious/page2

to add more,
It's not the type of wood. But the type of glue and fibre used. On 968, the fibre feels more "blend in" to the wood, thus more linear.
The fibre kicks in ealier on ML5, thus you can get more carbon feel. So it feels stiffer.

yanb
08-30-2019, 10:20 PM
I compared my 2019 HL5 (bought from tt11) and a 2013 W968 (a friend bought it from ebay). Some people in my circle could not tell the difference immediately, but I did. They are so different, the W968 can absorb balls easily and and then push out balls strong, bringing me huge error tolerance. When I practise blocking topspin, HL5 can not exceed 5 times mostly, but W968 allows me nearly unlimited times until my opponent gets exhausted. In my opinion, they are two different things, the latter can boost my level and confidence by 30%.

The only thing is where I can buy a genuine and older version W968? W968 is evolving, becoming smaller and harder from what I have read online.

zhouxinghan@icloud.com
10-12-2019, 12:40 PM
I will say: the w968 blade is not just an upgrade version of long v. But they sure have same characteristcis, such as the great feeling of forehand and a good performance facing backspin and, of course very high quality spin and speed. Also, you have to be aware that there are two versions of w968, one is provincial (which had a HL 5 series but different to the long v) and the other one is the real w968 used by ma long etc... (which had a w968 series). Those two are different as well, W968 obviously has a better quality control, you wouldn't see any defect on the blade, but when you play it, you need to have a very powerful full swing. Otherwise you wouldn't get enough sustain from the blade, as you get from Viscaria or other butterfly blades. That's why a lot of people feel so bad and hallow with w968, because they don't have enough power to play it.

vik2000
10-13-2019, 05:35 PM
Most people would be better off just settling with HL5. Not sure why people continue to pursue the equipment pro uses when these equipment will likely work against them. If you desperately want W968 feel, get Acoustic (all wood or inner carbon version) or any other similar inner carbon blades with Limba outer composition. ML used to play with Acoustic. One would be a fool to pay such a massive premium for W968.