This factor is
judged out of 100 and is used to differentiate the blades ‘speed and
responsiveness’. It’s primary objective is to assist in the understanding of
the tempo, elasticity and rigidity of the blade. The concept is that the lower
speed factors utilize and enhance control whilst the higher factors indicate
‘less contact time’ with the ball so they exploit and generate more speed,
with reduced control. You must also be aware that the speed of a blade can alter
the speed, spin and overall performance characteristic of the rubber(s).
rating is the most subjective as each player has different levels of
neurological reactions linked to the ‘sensitive zones’ in the hands. Players
undoubtedly have varying levels of ‘sensory feel’ and perception, so each
blade ‘TYPE’ will feel different. Blades showing higher control factors do
not necessarily provide the most control. Most importantly, you must always take
into consideration, the actual description of the game style ‘TYPE’ for each
indicates each blades ‘average’ weight. Blades weight from around 60g (very
light) to 120g (very heavy). Most standard blades weigh around 85 grams. The
weight does not necessarily define the characteristics of the blade. Some people
prefer light blades, some prefer heavy... it's personal preference really...
Blade TYPE / STYLE:
powerful forehand and backhand top spinning loop play. Offensive blades are
ideal for players who want to set the momentum and dictate the play. Contact
time with the ball is relatively brief to benefit and boost pressure play. For
enhanced touch, choose blades that include carbon or glass fibre for extra
Somewhere in between OFF+
blades benefit the spin player and are a popular choice for a wide variety of
attacking styles. The steady supply of power provides momentum and
responsiveness for successful offensive strokes. Offensive players looking to
capitalize on high spin often perform well with this blade type.
active and authoritative all-round players. The intelligently mixed balance of
soft, semi-hard woods are proficient at allowing an extensive variety of strokes
to be played. Variable spin and constant speed are their foremost advantages.
These blades allow good ‘contact time’ and present sensitive touch under
pressure. A positive, well accepted choice for countless styles of play.
touch and soft feel characteristics are a distinct advantage for players who
like to be in command of control and accuracy for the all-round spin game. This
inflated control combined with moderate power suits the constructive spin player
and can be suitable for active defensive players.
are generally highly absorbent, offering no real capacity for power or force.
They highlight low speed with superb control, mostly used by the cautious
blades capitalize on offering low speed factors with maximum control. This
combination exaggerates ‘contact time’ with the ball. The modern,
progressive defensive game requires a capacity to allow switching from defense