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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote garwor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/27/2012 at 3:22pm
I have M Maze blade but it's hard to play with, so I use some cheap slightly slower blade.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote vvu.tee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/27/2012 at 7:33pm
ttEDGE, this is a very observant observation... concerning MM and people that need the extra dip and lift, and it is very true... though IMHO it is not for smashers, contrary to Dorje's conclusions, since they have better alternatives from the BTY's range. TBS and MMaze can accommodate the same strategies though... so don't worry too much, if you've got one or the other Tongue



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(1) BTY T64 - BTY M.MAZE - BTY T05
(2) BTY T64 - BTY M.MAZE - DHS H3 Neo Provincial
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On lower/middle competition level in my environment, there are players using MM blade and neither one of them is close to table player. They simple do serve, and then 2 steps back and play from there, some are loopers some just lifters, even pushers, but no one is close to table. TBS players of same level are much closer to table.
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The MM arylate carbon blade has excellent control and reasonable speed.  I have 3 of them and prefer the MM to the TB ALC because of the larger racket head.  The MM is great for combination bats.  It has more control and is a bit slower than the Viscaria--just like Butterfly's ratings.  I might change to a faster blade later, when my touch improves, but for now, it is fine. The next step up would be a Viscaria, or perhaps the ZLF (I have ZLFs also).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/14/2012 at 6:26pm
I've had four Timo Boll Spirits in the past; whilst i still have both of my Michael Mazes.

Whilst I consider the TB ALC as a subtlely improved version of the TBS; I still prefer the Michael Maze and mainly for the reason mentioned by TT edge; i.e. it suits players who like to provide their own power.

Of the newer Butterfly composites; I've found the Innerforce ZLF to be a better blade to play with, than the TBS and TB ALC too.


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i find the IZLF too dwelly! It has lots of control but I find it too soft!
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Originally posted by speedspin speedspin wrote:

The MM arylate carbon blade has excellent control and reasonable speed.  I have 3 of them and prefer the MM to the TB ALC because of the larger racket head.  The MM is great for combination bats.  It has more control and is a bit slower than the Viscaria--just like Butterfly's ratings.  I might change to a faster blade later, when my touch improves, but for now, it is fine. The next step up would be a Viscaria, or perhaps the ZLF (I have ZLFs also).
 
I have never owned an ALC (and will never) but i had about an hour of hitting with ALC and i dont think i like the feeling it provides it is way too springy on the palms vs MM which i feel has the right amount of vibration leading to the control aspect , of course i know feelings differ and no offense meant here for ALC fans.
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i just switched from Korbel to a MM recently and I must say it's awesome. The MM is a Korbel on steroids, the control is awesome and this blade has that extra "power when you wanted" that Korbel does not have. I am not kicking Korbel to the curb at all, I still think that is an amazing classic but if you want extra power the MM has it. It plays similar to Korbelbut more powerful.
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How does MM compare to the discontinued Kong Linghui Special? I stopped using my KLS a few years ago but every now and then I think of going back to it.
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Originally posted by SmackDAT SmackDAT wrote:

I think this might be due to the outer ply, and why it might not suit some rubbers. I'm just wondering why it's so unpopular, from the pros to the players in my club. Most of the top 10 pros are using blades with Koto outer plies, except for Ma Lin, correct me if I'm wrong. Can anyone explain why the Maze blade has been forgotten over the similar blade Timo Boll Spirit?

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Found this on a forum.

"maze is an excellent blade, bad not suitable for all kinds of rubbers including chinese rubbers. imho best setup for maze blade is tenergy 05. whereas with Timo Boll Spirit, i found that it plays well with DHS Hurricane 3 Neo and Skyline 3 Neo rubbers."

Reply:"maybe its a matter of preference, i also play with MMaze but i like it with chinese rubbers, i use H3 neo on FH and T05 on my BH."

What do you think?


I think the very simple reason is that he has too little major titles under his belt. Look around those who are World Champ, World Cup Champ, ITTF Pro Champ, Olympic Champ, etc, their blades sells like hot cakes irrespective of brands, (Chinese, Japanese or European).
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