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    Zhou Qihao signs with JOOLA




    Zhou Qihao signs with JOOLA. Supposedly he will be using the Vyzaryz Freeze blade with Dynaryz ZGR rubber (I assume backhand).

    It’s seems unusual that he would use a slower control type blade like the Freeze. What do you guys think?


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    I assume he will just be using the handle till the end of the contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shine
    I assume he will just be using the handle till the end of the contract.
    Yeah after the FZD nonsense it’s assumed that all
    Chinese National players will do that. I at least think that XX uses an actual Stiga blade.


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    These korean made blades are very close to BTY quality. Both Xiom and Joola blades are pretty fantastic. I really wonder if he will stick the ZGR to his BH... I think not. He either won't use it or it's going on his FH. It would be a pretty big deal if a CNT payer moved away from H3 BS. Not sure if that is even allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwill
    These korean made blades are very close to BTY quality. Both Xiom and Joola blades are pretty fantastic. I really wonder if he will stick the ZGR to his BH... I think not. He either won't use it or it's going on his FH. It would be a pretty big deal if a CNT payer moved away from H3 BS. Not sure if that is even allowed.

    He will probably use ZGR on his backhand


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    2 thoughts here:
    ZQ is playing well in national tournaments against his chinese style opponents but he is struggling against many many many international opponents. On top he is not even playing that typically chinese styla, so changing his equipment might be a good idea.

    Second if i remember correctly there were only 2 players who were just using handles of the respectes sponsored blades. I dont think you can say that his is a common way to do this.
    Maybe he is even going for an overall change and plays the zgr on both sides like Quadri Aruba.
    I am really curious of what he will do. I am pretty sure that 247 tabletennis will keep close watch too^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shine
    I assume he will just be using the handle till the end of the contract.

    I think that as well. But reviewers say freeze is a life a softer viscaria. He was using LGY alc before which is a softer version of viscaria as well. May be he will use freeze as its similar. But, 90% i think he will just change the handle.


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    He will probably use ZGR on his backhand

    I hope not! Just for a change of pace! Actually the Chinese really like the Joola Dynaryz ZGR. I mean the normal folks, I don't know of the CNT players opinions.

    Maybe he is even going for an overall change and plays the zgr on both sides like Quadri Aruba.

    Isn't Quadri with Gewo? He used to be with Joola but he jumped ship a few years ago. Is he back?

    Dynaryz ZGR on backhand sounds really brutal. It's really hard. I wish I had Zhou Qihao's backhand and all but it ain't his strong point.

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    Liang Jingkun did the same too I assume. He was with yasaka years ago and using Yasaka alnade carbon which is a similar viscaria as well. There are some pictures showing that he just uses the handle of yasaka alnade. Idk whether ZQh will stick to the actual blade or not. We'll just have to wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwill
    Isn't Quadri with Gewo? He used to be with Joola but he jumped ship a few years ago. Is he back?

    Dynaryz ZGR on backhand sounds really brutal. It's really hard. I wish I had Zhou Qihao's backhand and all but it ain't his strong point.

    Yeah i meant that maybe ZQ is gonna use the zgr on both sides like Quadri is using his Gewo 53 hardness rubbers on both sides.

    LJK never used the alnade blade. He was one of the 2 players who did this "just the handle sponsoring"-thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shine
    I assume he will just be using the handle till the end of the contract.

    He is not even using the handle.

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    is ZGR similar to Dignics 09c? I mean is it trying to play the similar role of a tacky, springy rubber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attitude

    Yeah i meant that maybe ZQ is gonna use the zgr on both sides like Quadri is using his Gewo 53 hardness rubbers on both sides.

    LJK never used the alnade blade. He was one of the 2 players who did this "just the handle sponsoring"-thing.

    Would there be 3 total players who have done that then?

    FZD - Butterfly Viscaria with Stiga Infinity VPS handle

    LJK - Butterfly Viscaria with Yasaka Alnade handle

    Dmitri Ovtcharov - Butterfly Viscaria with Donic handle (not sure which exact model)


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    Follow 247tabletennis on IG. A very credible source.

    A pro after a major competition can easily go to their sponsor, teammate, coach, training facility inventory, etc pick out a new blade to try, train for 6-8 hours with it. Repeat the next day with another one.

    If they happen to like one, dip the handle in hot water, slide out the handle and replace with whatever else they require for sponsorship reason. Heck maybe they can get someone else/their sponsor to do it for them while they’re testing another model.

    Other examples:

    Jeong Youngsik - Viscaria with Xiom Ice Cream handle
    Jurgen Persson - Stiga Clipper Wood with Donic handle
    Samsonov may have used Clipper and Mazunov with Tibhar handles in early to mid stage of his career.

    Example more to market their own blade within Butterfly:
    Werner Schalger - Primorac Carbon with Schlager Carbon handle
    Kreanga - Primorac Carbon with Bty handle
    Oh Sang Eun - Korbel with Oh Sang Eun handle
    At certain parts Zhang Yining and Wang Liqin were using Korbel with their sponsor handle.

    I’m sure there have been a lot more.

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    Wow, had no idea of the others that you listed there, thanks for the info.

    Yes 247tabletennis on instagram is a great source, they even had the scoop on the Viscaria Super ALC via Butterfly's Chinese twitter shortly before it was announced via other channels.

    But most impressive is their ability to determine what exact Hurricane rubber various athletes within the CNT are using just off stills from a match!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chang

    He is not even using the handle.

    Maybe he’s just not ready to switch anything yet?

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