JUIC Maple Shot Blade
This is a truly unique blade with its use of two outer plies of
high quality maple wood. Great offensive capability with controlled speed for
the offensive and spinning game.
Reviews (from internet/newsgroups):
I had this blade for awhile when I first took up
serious TT. It is an OFF - blade of 5 ply wood. I used this with Nittaku Hammond
X 2.2 and Sriver FX 2.1.
Weight: 80 Grams
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 15.1 cm
Construction: 5 Wood, the outer veneers
Feel of wood on shots: Medium to Medium
Offensive Class: Off -
Stiffness: Medium Stiff
Durability: Great. I have had a friend
put his through some abuse. It seems these Juic blades put up with it well
Looks: Won't win a beauty contest, but
it will help you win POINTS, isn't that important?
Blade Surface: Smooth. Accomodates a lot
of rubber changing without peeling off the veneers.
Handle thickness: A little thicker than
most BTY, which I love.
Intimidation Factor: Nil. Just an OFF -
blade. You intimidate your enemy as the match wears on.
Babe attraction factor: Negative, which
is good. You don't want a lose of chicks hanging around you when you setup your
offense, it gets distracting.
Balance: Outstanding neutral, not like
BTY VSG series - head heavy. This blade has a great feel and fit to the hand.
Price: Average for a Japanese name brand
Value/performance: a bargain considering
what you can do with this blade and how long it lasts.
Juic's marketing says: This blade is
unique in its use of two outer plies of maple
wood. Great offensive capability with controlled speed for the offensive and
Der_Echte's No-Shit Observations: The
marketing statement is free of deceptive or outright lies. This is a now frills,
controllable blade with the ability to ratchet it up a few notches when you need
You do you warm-ups of drives and loops and you are impressed with how this
blade feels like it is a part of your hand - the balance, the handle, the
moderately light weight -they all work together for control and confidence.
Isn't that important in a blade? Vibration is average and not overwhelming.
Loops are natural and have enough feedback. The blade gives a little on the
loop, but hits stiff enough on the drives. Your passive shots go where you hit
them. This blade does everything you want in an ALL class blade, but when you
decide to up the pace, this blade gives you just enough power to get it by the
opponent, but with the same control. Serves have good feedback and feel for the
ball. You can block all day long to where you want, then finish the point when
you are bored with watching your opponent throw fits, 'cause he can't get it by
you and you are making a fool out him, running him side to side.
Conclusion: This blade is worth it if
you want an unattractive blade that give the control of an ALL blade, but the
oomph of an OFF when you need to turn it on. A technical offensive allround
player can operate great with this one, so can a hitter - the blade will help
setup you offense.
Review by Der_Echte (with permission)
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