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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...

 

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Comments:

A Super Attack Blades. As with all 729 blades, they are some of the best you will ever use. A total of 7-ply construction: 4-ply wood, 2-ply Glass Fiber, and a center veneer of CORK. The craftsmanship of this blade is second to none. The blade has the adjustable weight in the handle though the nature of the blade is all out attack and adjusting the weight will help with balance the blade is OFF+ regardless of the weight position. Cork gives the blade spring like power without sacrificing dwell time.

Characteristics:

  • 7 ply  construction: 4-ply wood,
  •  2-ply GLASS FIBER, Cork core
  •  Adjustable balance in handle
  •  Adjustable balance weight
  •  For all out Attacking style of play
  •  ITTF/USATT/CTTA Approved
  •  Flared handle

Ratings :

  • Speed: 10+
  • Control: 8+
  • Weight 86g
  • Approx. head size: W= 150mm H= 157mm 

A very fast and stable Glass Fiber Blade. The Cork veneer in the middle gives a spring like effect, the Glass Fiber veneers give the stability, the thin hard outer veneers gives the good speed, the SST-technology (Sweet Spot Transformer Technology) enables you to adjust the balance of the blade and find your own Sweet Spot and the Hollow Space Grip (HSG-system) keeps the weight low. An offense blade for attack/loop.  

Note that this blade does not feel as fast when you hit it softly, but when you hit it harder the 'springy' properties of both the glass fiber and the cork inner layer give this blade huge power. The harder you hit it, the more powerful it feels! These same properties also allow you to generate great spin for mid to far distance loopers.

For some details on the LKT Transformer series, please see:

Glass-fiber is becoming a popular choice for table tennis. The material has the following advantages:

  • The blade gets even more stability by the glass-fiber plies.

  • The sweet spot is enlarged considerably.

  • The implementation of glass-fiber makes the blades more ridged and quicker.

  • Reduced weight.

  • Compared to carbon or kevlar models, the playing characteristics do not change dramatically.

Carbon blades can sometimes give a relative hard and insensitive touch while glassfiber gives you the same feeling as a all wood blade does.

 

User Reviews (from internet/newsgroups):

The feel of Blue Thunder is closer to a wood blade than a carbon blade. It does not have that "carbon ping" The Blue Thunder is definitely more powerful away from the table.

I found Blue Thunder good for mid to far distance. I found it difficult to block and push with close to the table.I guess that would depend on your stroke, style and distance from the table.

 

 

The first time I used this blade, even after the first few strokes, my initial reaction was that it felt like a Done blade.  Donic likes glassfiber, and they like the rough, heavily grained ayous outer plies.  Turns out that Donic does stamp this blade with their logo and sell it under their label too.

This is probably the best looping composite I own.  It has a very springy feel that just gets better as you step back.  I don't usually like the weighted adjustable handles, and I don't usually like the feel of cork in the blades, but some how this blade makes it all work together nicely.

This blade is so springy that it's a little tough to push low with.  So I recommend this blade to those who prefer a flip or loop to a push whenever possible.  In more recent batches, this blade hasn't been quite as fast and has played better closer to the table.

 

I don't generally like the feel of any of the cork blades, but this is an exception. I think that's because the glass-fiber absorbs the cork feel.

 

 

 

An excellent off+ attacking blade with a very nice feel. Not the stiff clicky feel of a carbon blade. Faster then all wood offensive blades like the 6030l, Bomb, or Stiga Offensive Classic, slower then Carbon Off+ blades like DHS CW-A or BTY Sardius. Better smashing and looping away from the table then blocking or pushing. My favorite 729 blade.

 

The Blue Thunder is very powerful away from the table. I found the Blue Thunder better for mid to far distance. I found it a little difficult to block and push with close to the table. The blue thunder has a lot of feel and spin on loops.

 

 

Blue Thunder:

It's not as fast as sardius. That's a good thing, by the way. It's got 5X the feel of sardius.

An excellent off+ attacking blade with a very nice feel. Not the stiff clicky feel of a carbon blade. Faster then all wood offensive blades like the 6030l, Bomb, or Stiga Offensive Classic, slower then Carbon Off+ blades like DHS CW-A or BTY Sardius. Better smashing and looping away from the table then blocking or pushing. My favorite 729 blade.

 

 

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