Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF

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Named after China' elite player, Liu Shiwen
Designed to suit the close to the table, quick-fire machine gun like attacking style of Liu Shiwen Contains ZL Fiber technology which provides excellent bounce and lightness. Innerfiber construction enhances playability by providing improved dwell time. Decorative mythical bird motif on front.

Class: OFF
Feel: Soft
Speed: 87
Control: 81
Plies: 5W / 2 ZL Fiber
Weight: 86g
Blade Thickness: 5.6
Blade Size: 158 x 152mm
FL Handle Size: 100 x 24mm

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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on October 6, 2017
This blade is a topspin monster. after my first training session, my first impressions are the following (used with MX-P on FH and EL-P on BH): trumendeous speed and spin (both topspin and sidespin). When it comes to drives, it feels like an allwood blade (the speed is considerably lower than when you hit a topspin). It has great control and feel. Good in short game, good in blocks, pretty much, good in any aspect. I wouldn't recommend this as a first blade though, It is expensive, but if money are not an issue, it is totally worth it. The major factor against this blade (this combination, more precisely) is the fact that is very heavy. Even though the blade has 85 grams, the rubbers are incredibly heavy. All in all, this blade is just FANTASTIC! Update: the blade is still fantastic, but the rubbers are not really on my taste. MX-P is incredibly fast, hard to control and VERY HEAVY, very sesitive to opposite efect. It behaves like a faster Tenergy 05 i think. The EL-P i might keep, i like it fine, but maybe if i change setup, for the moment i will change both. I'll have to find a more suitable setup rubbers for this fantastic piece of Butterfly material. In terms of blades, i think i found my perfect blade. I recommend this for everyone who wants to produce maximum spin and speed. Paired with suitable rubbers, this is one of the 7 wonders of table tennis blades. I would definitely NOT recommend this to a beginer. Way to fast. I will come back with updates when i change the rubbers.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on August 30, 2017
Does everything well.
Topspin away from the table is especially amazing. If you dont miss the ball, it'll never miss the table. Consistency of shot and spin is otherworldly. It has a slightly larger head size than normal by about 1mm in broadness I think, to help with flex and spin generation, so you'll probably want a new rubber to cut on it.

Problem is, I have two, one is 84g and plays like a dream, one is 92 and is a brick almost.
I dunno how the hell people are rating consistency in blades because I find it incredibly unlikely that people truly have 2 of the same lying around, but I do, and so I can rate consistency as it is, which is very very poor. I really suggest that if you're in the market for this blade look for a lighter version. Perhaps it's layered better or glued more efficiently or something. It's a huge difference in weight which I can't easily explain. The lighter version plays like a dream while the heavy version, as I said, is some kind of brick.

The lightness also helps with the heavier rubbers you'd want to put on it (in my opinion works best with hard rubbers)

Between this and my Palio King Yue I think I'm set for life when it comes to blades. Perfect blades which are different enough to give an advantage against different players.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on August 11, 2017
I love this blade awesome will say one of my favourite blade used Victas Koji Matsushita Offensive little heavy them Butterfly Liu Shiwen plus lighter bat like try new thing.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on October 1, 2016
very good blade. easy to play and very flexible
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on April 14, 2016
Light offensive blade with large sweet spot, good combination of speed and control, and very easy to play.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on January 17, 2016
Great blade...switched from my Jonyer H after 15 yrs with the new ball, and boy, my shots have that punch once again. great touch close to the table and then explosive power with the "klick" sound for fast mid distance looping. Smashes are powerful too. A great Allround Attacking blade for the modern game....its the Jonyer H of the modern game. Forget Carbon..this blade gives you great touch for the short game, generates great spin (similar to my Jonyer H), explosive power mid distance for looping, great blocking and suited for the modern allround attacking player. It is a quality blade...expensive but quality. I like the thin FL handle..very similar to my older Jonyer H. Slightly head heavy...but that is good as the pros always use head heavy bats. Butterfly engineers got this blade right (I guess it started with the innerforce ZLF techno!
logy). Lighter than most carbon blades. with exceptional control and spin, with explosive speed when needed.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on January 12, 2016
Un lemn foarte bun cu control si viteza mare. Eu joc cu Tenergy 05 max pe Fh si Rakza 7 soft pe Bh. Un lemn bun pentru toate tipurile de joc si cu un simt deosebit .
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on December 6, 2015
The proposed weight is 82g and mine is 92g. This shows how much variation the blade can be. Haven't tried mine,, but it is supposed to be like INF ZLF.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on May 26, 2015
This year (2015) the manufacturer came out with straight handle version too, which is a bit bigger then the original flared version. Similar like the innerforce series straight handle. So the straight handle version has a bit wider connection between the handle and the blade which results in less vibration and just a bit stiffer feel and comfortable to male / bigger handed players.
I tested the flared version. The blade is a quality product, nice finish and design. Small chinese style handle, even small for my girlfriend. I tested the blade with Donic Bluefire JP01 on FH and JP03 on BH.
The blade has a sorft touch and a nice woody feel, but not much vibrations. Speed is around ALL+/OFF-, but because of the soft touch and the bit tacky JP sheets feels ALL+. The blade is very linear in terms of speed, with high dwelltime gives inormous control. This blade is a looping blade smashes are only good close to the table, midrange strokes are very weak. Looping is very efficient even in midrange, because of the high dwelltime every type of topspin play can be achieved. Spinning up heavily chopped balls are piece of cake. Counterloops are fine. The other big thing is dropshots and drop pounches. These defensive elements can be preformed with very good control and nice speed.
My girlfriend is using this blade at the moment and I recognised, that her loops became stable, with this blade she plays more consistent.
Overall: very good blade for looping and close to the table. Ideal for girls who play counterhit game but want to loop, strategy ALL/OFF-, quality product.
Bit small handle, costs a bit much. Update: Works well with MX-P (fh) and EL-P (bh), but this setup has more vibrations due to the sponge hardness difference between Fh and Bh, please don't use rubbers with more than 4 degrees (european) difference in hardness.
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 External Review for Butterfly Liu Shiwen ZLF on November 15, 2014
Easy to play and lots of control depending of what kind of rubber are you going to use. Very good in looping and smashing. After experimenting different rubbers I found the best combo for this blade are T05 FH and T80 BH. Perfect combo! Try it and you wont regret.
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