Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF
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High Performance Model With ZL-Fiber
• Features the use of Butterfly's ZL fiber.
Head Size: 157x150mm
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Reviews of Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF (25)
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I have used Timo Boll ZLF blade for years with various rubbers on it: Tenergy, Rasanter and Hurricane. They all work well close to mid distance. I found that harder rubbers work better on this blade to provide extra gears away from the table when needed. The materials are Koto outer, ZLF 2nd, Limba 3rd and Kiri core. My blade fluctuates between 88 and 90 grams depending on humidity. This blade has no obvious downsides. Currently using Nittaku Hurricane 3 Pro Turbo 1.6 and Butterfly Spin Art 1.9. I really like it.
Timo Boll ZLF is light weight and thin. I rate this blade as off- . It's speed is just a little faster than Korbel but slower than Timo Boll ALC. Being only 5.4mm thick you get some good flex but not too much due to the ZLF and Koto top ply. It is strange as you get a soft touch but when hitting or blocking you get that crisp Koto feel. Butterfly is right to label this as a looping blade. If you are looking to change from a 5ply all+/off- wood blade to a composite this is a great first choice.
The blade is well balanced and comfortable to play with. The heavier rubber you put on it the more offensive it will feel.
Plies: koto 0.5mm - zlf 0.25mm - limba 0.5mm - kiri 2.9mm.
Mine was 82g. Amazing blade for looping (dwell time), however I found the feeling quite muted compared to all wood blades I've used. Even some thin carbon/thin hinoki blades (like Joola Rossi Emotion) I found were less muted. I agree with Mindtrip about it potentially being non-linear with drives or close to table shots. It has stacks of dwell time, and I'd say too much with some some rubbers. Would be interested in trying the LS ZLF to compare, that looks like a better option if I was buying another. As usual with BTY, it's overpriced - as expected. I paid $100 off RRP and still felt it was moderately overpriced. Good blade if you're focusing purely on looping and happy to overlook it's querks.
I'd recommend this blade for a loop oriented player coming from an all wood blade who is looking for a larger sweet spot, but doesn't want a stiff carbon blade. This TB ZLF is great for at the net touch shots and close to mid distance controlled placement looping. It even counter hits pretty well. As with most blades, matching it to different rubber results in widely different experiences. This blade, maybe more so. I really struggled with softer rubbers glued to this blade. Tenergy 05fx and 64fx, Acuda S3 for example are nearly unplayable if you want to loop or loop drive. The flexibility of the ZLF blade and the softness of these rubbers made the ball dive into the net when looped. If I maintained more of a forward stroke when looping, I could loop with success, but the rubber was very very low throw. I have found Tenergy 05 or 80, Rakza 7, Rasant and Adidas P7 to compliment this blade well. Basically anything with a medium overall hardness. I rated this blade at 8.5 speed because it is slower than Viscaria, 9 control because it plays better at the net than Viscaria (Viscaria having more ratings as a base and I am very familiar with) and an overall rating of 8, because there are better playing blades available for much less cost.
This blade has an awesome fell and is fairly quick.it has good control.but it isn't build for killing shots it's build for spin only and if you pair it with tenergy you'll get an awesome blade with good touch .the dwell time is also amazing but an all wood has all the caracteristiks and has an better feel if you campe from all wood
Good blade, but I find Viscaria better in every aspects. Expensive.
Update 03.09.2014: It's a very good blade after all. Works perfect for close to table style of play, with very good control at high speed. Good for BH pimples offensive play.
Update 13.11.2014: I bought another TB ZLF quite old and used but it has 87g. Hard to find this weight today. But, you know, it's an absolute dream: fast (comparable to Viscaria), feeling and control are huge, very easy to play close to table blocks and topspin. At this weight, 87g, I tend to believe TB ZLF is a better blade than a 82-84g Viscaria.
I prefer the feel of ZLF, so I like this blade, but it fails at doing anything more impressively than the ALC and is not worth the price.
What the ALC has in control, the ZLF loses a bit of and only for a slight increase of speed. This blade does seem to perform chops and blocks better (and I'm being very forgiving) than the ALC.
Not a bad blade by any means, but it doesn't mark any improvement from the more widely used and endorsed ALC.
10 out of 10 may seem excessive but for the playing style it is suitable for it is perfect. The consistancy is nothing less than every time, I never have a stray hit on a clean stroke. The control is great, 9.5 because the power is still a bit too high to facilitate a great short game, but blocks are easy and I find myself hitting angles my opponents can't anticipate. The power is just enough for me- I like to play a pretty varied offense and use angles and slices as much as loops to set up points. That being said, it has a lot of gears and can produce huge loops as well. If you are an offensive minded player who wants more control than you usually see in powerful blades don't let the price tag scare you off!
Still in love with this blade however I have some more specifics along with some caviots. I now use 2.1 fx-p on forehand and 2.1 tenergy 80 on backhand and that has been adapted from bluefire on both sides to start to adapt to this blade. With a hard rubber (m1) the ball explodes off the blade with a low throw angle which is very difficult to handle for most, includin myself (around an 1800 player, maybe a tad lower i can only base this off wins at my club). Both sides can produce great powerful loops but avoid hitting the ball very flat, good technique is needed and I would not reccomend for flatter hitters. I have come to nearly eliminate chops from my game, I rarely hit backspin at all asides from pushes and some returns. On this note, while flat hitting is not effective for a lack of power, pushes and blocks are amazing. You have a ton of control over where you put it, and with a rubber like tenergy, my backhand is nearly as much of a weapon as my forehand. The forehand I have come to use a much softer rubber because my big complaint is that is it difficult to keep serves short. I've found evolution to be much more effective for serving and returning as tenergy or bluefire on the paddle is almost a bit much for me. Overall, the game this blade is perfectly suited for is an all around offensive game that relies as much on angles, change ups, and counter loops/blocks as much as power looping. This may just be my game/rubbers/skill level but my advice is to stay away from this blade if chopping or back spinning is a big part of your game
***update again- now using xiom sigma 2 euro on fh and bluefire jp03 bh, still loving the blade for control but enough power
I started using this blade today with a multiball training and then some matches. I paired it with BlueFire M1 on FH and Rasant on BH and this blade is very controllable. I can make some fast low loops I have problems with high loops (classic ones) but that is because I dont practice them. Will update later
Very good control, however not enough speed for my game even with tenergys, the control is immense
This blade is a cannon. I was using Donic burn OFF- with tackspeed 2000, and wanted more grunt. I've certainly got it with this blade with Mark V on. Will take getting used to, I notice serve is not as ripping due to rubber tackiness, but boy my topspin forehand is like a tracer bullet. I'm one wing looper and my BH will be te biggest adjustment due to speed increase. Love it though
Absolutely love this blade. I use it with DHS Hurricane 3 NEO and the spin and control are amazing. Expensive, yes. Worth the money? Absolutely!
what rubber would suit better than the TG3 skyline on my backhand on this blade? i prefer an easy spiinny topsheet. and off rubber. also not the chinese sponge again
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