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    Is outer alc blade considered better for blocking?

    I know that there tends to be the impression that outer alc blades are better for close to table player, while inner alc/zlc blades are better for looping play. In recent months, I have been playing with inner zlc blade to emphasize looping play.

    Against my recent opponents, I am often put on the defensive so I decided to switch to outer alc blade to test on them. To my surprise, I was able to block A LOT more of their loops. I won a lot of 3-0 3-0 matches with outer alc blade. Does outer ALC really make such a dramatic difference in blocking consistency? Or is it just coincidence that maybe I got used to blocking their loop a little?

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    The less flex of outer carbon blades make your block and the angle used more stable i guess.
    Do you block with forehand and backhand the same ? If you loop mainly with forehand and block mainly with backhand it would be worth to have a look at those xiom icecream blades that do have different material on forehand and backhand, so you can choose the one that fits you more for each side.

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    my best blocker is a TSP BLOCKMAN II with boosted H3 NEO on the BH BUT, it is really all about soft hands and blade angle.
    Therefore my answer to your question is : " NO" !

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    My answer is that it depends. Softer blades for me provide better soft passive blocks where I want to keep the ball shorter and lower. to me it feels like you have more creative control
    harder outer blades I found block really well when you want the ball as a more aggressive block and not to take speed off. It just points the ball wherever you point the bat

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