Haha, didn't even notice that when I first looked at the pictures. I wonder if you purposefully went to someone's house where there was fake bamboo for the photo shoot...Too bad it's fake bamboo
Haha, didn't even notice that when I first looked at the pictures. I wonder if you purposefully went to someone's house where there was fake bamboo for the photo shoot...
Hoe does it play? I imagine it to be extremely 'catapulty', best paired with hard rubbers?
So after playing again with my main racket, I can share more insights with the asymmetric build from Sergio.
My main racket is a custom made 5-ply Western Red Cedar blade with a total thickness of 6mm.
I play Vega X on fh and Hexer Powergrip on bh.
Overall, my 6mm blade feels stiffer(!) in comparison to the blade from Sergio. This is something I somehow expected as the WRC blade is much thicker. It might be different if both sides would be "outer-style".
What I can tell though is that the blade from Sergio has the "typical" artificial fiber feeling. Throw angle is flat and you feel more "catapult" when you hit the ball hard. This is especially prominent on the side with the fiber directly beneath the outer verneer and the hard walnut.
Now, after some time I think I might have found the right words to describe the differences of both sides:
I was able to play with the "inner" side without much adjustments on fh as well as bh.
For the "outer" side, I had to adjust more and bh was a little bit easier for me to play.
So there IS indeed a difference but I would rate them as "not that much but noticable".
All in all I liked the "inner" side more in the beginning but after some time I really liked the "outer" side too.
Right now, I would tend to go for a symmetric "inner" composition but I only can tell for sure after I have tested the other blade. Will try to test it next Wednesday. Wanted to get myself again "grounded" while playing at least two sessions with my main setup.
My thoughts are that the difference between sides grows as the blade increases in thickness. Your blade is quite thin so those differences aren't very noticeable. Also, I think that the core may play a big part in this. Maybe a kiri core would accentuate these differences more than an ayous core.
Hajto, what do you mean by stability?
Doesn't one side affect the other? If I recall correctly yogi was telling the story that Xiom had to triple the ALC side of IceCream so that ZLC is not disturbed. It's not the same principle since here, the placement of composite is variable not the composite itself, but this also should affect blade flex, no?