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Lol after you posted, I also ordered from BEO. I got a Yinhe Big Dipper because everyone here raved about it. A couple Mercury 2 because again they are dirt cheap. Loki RXTON 1 black, RXTON 3 pink and blue (just to see if I like the colors) and RXTON 5. I just want to see for myself if 1, 3 and 5 are indeed progressively faster for better players. Got a Sanwei Target provincial to see if I like it (I am using Sanwei Target National right on on my forehand). I am a bit worried because I put the order in o 5/19/2023 and as of today I don't think they have shipped yet.Got 729 Bloom Power today, and I must say it is excellent. About 90 min of hitting and you can really see the improvement of speed on backhand side, without any loss of control. It seems that touch at the table is excellent, and short and medium distance strokes are fast and controlled.
He tried also hitting forehand with it and didn't like it at all because of less spin compared to H3 neo, however it seems to be a really good match for backhand side. You guys know what you are talking about.
Yihne rubbers have been stuck at the border for 7 days, so who knows when I'll get them. Can't wait to compare them to 729 Bloom Power.
Now I really want him to try a bit faster blade, not the Timo Ball ALC that I originally had in mind , but something faster than Timber 5 ALL/S Small FL, which is (ALL).
Any inner carbon blades that someone can suggest, or smaller handle fast blades, I do not really care which brand?
Ok as for your question, OFF- Tibhar Stratus Power Wood. I have six of them. Love it. Solid OFF- speed. Good vibration and feedback when you play. Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro Black Edition is also a good choice. Slightly faster than Stratus Power Wood. Overall, Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro Black Edition just feels more "solid" and "heavier" or "more substantial than Stratus Power Wood. Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro Black Edition is rated OFF.
As for inner carbon, recently I have discovered Tibhar Fortino Performance carbon. It was a very very easy transition from me from Tibhar Stratus Power Wood to Fortino Performance. Very woody feel type of carbon blade. I can clearly see the increase in speed but no drop in control. I am shelving my Fortinon Performance because recently I put Sanwei Target National on a 5-year old Stratus Power Wood blade with a worn out 2-year old G-1 on the backhand. I fell in love with STN so I am back using that old blade. Eventually I plan to transfer STN to Fortino Performance and keeps on moving up.
I have Viscaria and Acoustic carbon. Do NOT buy them. For me, no feeling. I might use those two blades later but both have been stripped of all rubbers to be put on other blades for me to test them.
I also have a couple cheap carbon blades from Gambler. I have not played with them much but despite their advertising (saying those carbons are the same as $300-$400 Butterfly ALC or ZLC, etc. etc.) they are slower carbon blades so I actually like them. But I am using those Gambler with traditional rubbers (such as Neottec Katana and Gambler Volt-M) to do multi-ball training with my kids. I may use those blades more seriously later on and then I will have something to say.
I don't comment on stuff/equipments I have not tried.