A friend was kind enough to lend me this blade so that I
could try it (thanks Alan!)
This is one of the latest and top blades from Friendship. I
found the quality to be very good, and it’s light weight around 80g. The
handle is a little thicker than many of their blades, and is very comfortable.
The blade is not as fast as many carbon blades, but it has
excellent feel and control. It feel much softer than most carbon blades I have
tried, and does not have much vibration.
I found it best for hitting and blocking (as with most
carbon blades), but better than most carbon blades for looping, and I could get
decent spin. Even chopping was an option, but the reduced dwell time of carbon
blades gave it a little less control for this.
In conclusion it’s a very nice light weight carbon blade
with a comfortable handle. It has a soft feel for a carbon blade, making it
suitable for looping, but it’s best for driving/hitting and blocking style
Hao Shuai blade: This blade does have a
"large sweet spot" like they describe on ZeroPong.
It's a very very good blade for players who would like to play
control-attack-loop close-to-the-table kind of game.
Power? Not as much like
Hinoki Carbon and Super Carbon. However,
the control is much better. Recommended
for close-to-the-table attackers. Speedy…
Intermediate offensive wood with somewhat harder feel (however not as bang
hard as classical Chinese woods!). External veneers from Ayous, internal from
Hinoki, core Ayous. The first option side is additionally underlaid with carbon
and thus one tick, if also not much, faster than the back hand side. Optimally
for the tactical attack play with occasional play from the half distance. A
large “Sweet Spot” causes relatively high ball control. A further advantage
is the low weight - by the manufacturer indicated as 84 gr, on average even
material 82 gr. Very clean processing. New for 2006 from Friendship - the
improvement over earlier blades is clearly noticeable!. German reviewer...