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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Butterfly BalsaCarbo X5

The BalsaCarbo X5 is the first Balsa blade to be made by Butterfly. The X5 features light weight and great touch, produced by the Balsa center core. Its two Carbon Layers ensure that there is always more than enough point-winning power. Unique to the X5 is its soft feel, which makes over the table play, especially blocking, effortless and very effective. While designed for close to the table attacking play, the X5 has enough power to execute strong topspins from mid-distance as well. Balsa blades are growing increasing popular worldwide and one rally with the BalsaCarbo X5 will show you why!
  • Speed: 82
  • Control: 80
  • Weight: 80g
  • Feel: Soft
  • Ply: 5 (3W/2C)

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 Butterfly  BalsaCarbo X5 blade review (collected from internet):
I love this blade. I used to play with Primorac Carbon with Bryce on both sides. Now I play with BalsaCarbo with Bryce Speed on both sides. Speed is incredible and with this blade the control is very good too. It is soft so it holds the ball much longer. The combination with Bryce Speed it is a very interesting combination: Fast and controlable. Bryce Speed might be just a little too much though. I think I'll leave Bryce Speed on my backhand and Yasaka Mark V on my forehand for more spin and even more control. This blade is also very light, compared to my Primorac Carbon. The only negative side to this blade is that it sometimes vibrates when you hit really, really hard. But I would still definitely by it again.... Buy it, try it, you'll love it. Review by tlouda


Have had it only for a couple of weeks, previously used a nittaku violin blade, there is a difference in the feel between the blades , the X5 you can feel the ball more on the blade which for me being more a defensive player is great, that means more control and it does have the power for when I need to attack. It did take a little while to get used to it but now it is everything you could want in a blade. Review by fish

Comments: I really like this blade. It does what it says on the tin i.e. allows both gentle touch shots and very fast attacking shots at short to middle range. It is great for fast blocking, and pushes stay nicely low. With Magna it gives a really good balance of speed, spin and control. What I particularly like about it is that I can loop and flat hit really well with it. With other blades I have tried, I always felt that I was compromising somewhere. It might be worth noting that when I tried it with Joola green power and Joola Energy Xtra and it felt way out of control - especially when I was at the other end of a good attack. The blade feels very balanced, and I really like the slightly square handle (others might not). I have played with it for about a month with Magna and it has improved my game almost instantly. Blockfast


Comments: I've got 4 Balsa Carbo X5's, my favorite is set up with Bryce speed fx(fh), and Solicion(bh). Offers great all around feel and feedback. Michael Malloy


Comments: Fantastic blade. Nice feeling. Good sound. Satisfactory performance when hitting the ball in terms of vibration. It is soft enough to feel the contact of the ball and provide good control when blocking. And still you can obtain good speed characteristics. Specially interesting for looping near the table or at mid-distance. For long distance you may need a different blade. juan mendez

Comments: Clearly 10/10. Amazing blade. Excellent short drop shot capability on serve return. Great power when looping hard. Easy to make soft loops also. Excellent blocks. Can you actually ask for anything better possibly? It's easy to serve short with this blade as well. I am not sure anything I can say do justice for this incredible blade. HSS

Comments: Amazing blade. The best blade for Me that I've been using so far. I always think that the best bty blades are always to be the Ary-Carb Series with all in relatively high-prices. I borrowed VSG 1000 from My brother and really disappointed with the woods quality. But this blade is just different. Offers much better feedback and balance , very controlable. Decent speed too. Perfect for all-round attacking player but It lacks power when you play far from the table but still enough in mid distance. All-Rounder

Comments: Great blade with good speed and control. Previous bat was a stiga premade and this butterfly is so much better, more power and more control. Have Sriver EL 2.1 on both sides and it's good for both driving and looping. Cheap considering it has 2 layers of carbon and a balsa core. Soft feeling is good for backspin pushes. The only negative of the blade may be that the balsa core is quite fragile, but take care of it and it is a great blade. Andrew


Comments: I tried the BalsaCarbo X5 with DONIC J.O. Waldner 1.8mm glued on both sides. The BalsaCarbo has more light weight and soft touch. If you find carbon blade too hard too fast, this blade is a good solution. Two Carbon Layers ensure enough power in both hard topspin with FH or on the table and close to the table back hand attack. The blocking becomes easy due to the Carbon layers. Due to the soft feeling, it is very nice to give strong topspins from mid-distance with longer dwell time. In real games this blade are flexible and powerful. Creanga plays this BalsaCarbo X5 in 2005 World Championship!! very very good for every level players. Kao

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