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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...



The Blade  is of 5-ply wood and 4-ply Carbon Fibre materials! This is a VERY FAST (OFF+) all-out attack style blade. This is a 9-ply blade (4 carbon, 5 wood), giving the blade an awesome rigid/solid feel. The 4 layers of high grade carbon fibre provide a HUGE sweetspot. The wood layers are described as being Cypress wood, but I'm not sure which of the layers that refers to. This blade offer huge power at all distances, and is outstanding for power drives, smashes and blocking.

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I first saw this blade on the internet probably around 2 years ago but I dismissed it at first as I hadn't heard of Galaxy/Milky Way/Yin He. I assumed it was just another one of those gimmicky blades that a small company with no real knowledge of blade making had thrown together in the hope of selling a few before they were found out. 

Anyway I read up a little more and found out there was more to Galaxy than that so I eventually bought one around a year ago. At that stage I was using a cut down Schlager Carbon and my previous blade to that had been a Primorac Carbon and looking at Galaxy's own ratings I really expected the T-4 to be more of the same. In truth I was looking to find a cut price version in the hope of flogging a few. I cut my blade and handle down to the shape I like and speed glued on my old rubbers (729 Higher I think). It was noticable immediately that the bat was a little slower than the Schlager and I was disappointed by this at the time but I headed for my practice keen to try the blade nevertheless. 

From the first time I played with it I knew this was a special blade. Initially loops and drives were lifted off the table due to the much increased throw angle but as I began to compensate for this and closed my blade more I realised that I had found a blade which suited my style a lot. With a closed blade, the bat was every bit as fast as the Schlager and balls which would have dropped off using the Butterfly offering were looped with ease using the T-4. Away from the table the power, spin and dip you can get on the ball have to be seen to be believed. It makes a really good combination with glued Chinese rubbers. It has a nice clunky sound too with speed glue, not the higher pitched pingy sound of the Schlager. 

The short game is good too, Galaxy don't give this blade a good rating for control but I really can't see why. When pushing and blocking you can put the all wherever you want and take the pace off the ball too if this is your style. Looping close to the table, and from below it, is done with ease and the ball almost always seems to dip on no matter how hard you hit it. Despite the blades high speed rating it also has the control to chop (or float) away from the table and chop-block at the table. 

A drawback to the blade is that the top ply is very thin which means you have to be very careful if you intend to cut the blade to make it smaller. Even filing has to be done carefully to avoid pushing up the top ply. Also the fact that the only shakehands grip you can get (as with many Chinese blades) is flared. 

Over the last 20 years of play, I have had many blades (mostly Butterfly) and I always thought that the Euro/Jap blades were superior to Chinese blades. How wrong you can be. To put it bluntly this is the most complete blade I have ever had. JKC (published with permission)


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