Butterfly Viscaria

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Combines the Arylate features of lightness, flexibility, and shock absorption (less vibration) with the Carbon features of high elasticity (springiness) and minimal dissipation of energy (energy not wasted, more power). Koto outer plies, Balsa center ply. VISCARIA's compact head size makes it ideal for quick re-looping right off the bounce.

Speed 87
Control 72
Weight 90
Ply 5W, 2A/C

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Review by calwong on August 23, 2014
If you are considering a faster blade,

This blade is probably a better choice, unless you are a 2000+ US player.
Even 2000+ players like to use this.

After spending over $1000 on paddles, i'm happy to say that i have finally found my last.

This blade, although not VERY fast, makes up for lack of speed with not only great control but also spin.

Previously, i had thought faster blades were better. Never have i been more wrong. Previously, i was winning points just by smashing it too fast for the opponent. Now, i win by good placement and overwhelming spin.

My set up on forehand as a two wing shakehander is DHS Hurricane 3 NEO. This rubber, with the huge amount of gear, forces me to use proper technique. It has made me a better player. I tend to play very aggresive on forehand and make up for viscaria's lack of speed with technique and arm power. However, at the same time, i can step back and chop with this rubber: the blade and the gear of the DHS rubber generates both the good placement and great spin for a defensive chop. On other offensive rubbers, this usually isn't possible, as it just catapults off. As for backhand, i play a drive and rely on placement to win points. Here, TENERGY 64 helps me keep solid pace and viscaria helps keep it controlled and placed well. If i had used the 1.9mm thickness for the viscaria, i would be able to chop as well. Unfortunately, the T64 2.1mm does not chop well at all, catapulting the ball everywhere. Tenergy also has less gears.

Overall, this set up bests most of the fastest paddles out there, because of how it makes up for it in extreme control. It's like i can't miss!
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 External Review on September 6, 2014
It is not Necessary until you reach 2000+points because you won't get the full control .dont get confused because people write good control most of the players are armature players with pro equipment go for an all wood that is similar
Update 1.11.14
I know wet back to viscaria because my infinity vps v broke so I decided to pick a new viscaria up at the World Cup and I bought a 81 gramms one.I had one that was 90 gramms but it didn't have good control so I thought I should get a lighter one so for non international you should look for one under 85 gramms
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 External Review on September 10, 2015 - just a small clip of my playing style. I played with the timo boll spirit for a few years and I just switched to the viscaria, I found the timo boll spirit stiffer, this allowed me to have a great smashing ability and hard penetrating shots but there were many points I wished it had a tad more control. When I missed it was always by the smallest of margins. Once I bought the viscaria to noticed immediately that the control was greater, I'm still getting use to it but I'm finding that it has a similar play to the tbs but with added control, to me it feels rather light and so I just added 2.1 tenergy on both sides and I like the weight. I personally like being able to actually feel the ball contact the racket. It generates great spin over the table or off the table and I'm currently still figuring out !
the backhand, I've considered sanding down the flared handle, since I've become so use to the flexibility of my wrist with the straight handle
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 External Review on May 29, 2015
The very best of all the alc blade out there. Simply no replacement for thislegendary blade. My blade is 85g. I prefer this over my tbs and tb alc. It's just better at everything by a small margin, just got that edge. Very crisp on all shots .has slight softer feel but still medium hard. definitely more precise feel of catching the ball on every loop. Hence high dwell. Throw is also medium to high similar to tbs may be better. Tb alc has slightly lower throw than viscaria and tbs with the same rubber test. Only advantage tb alc is it has better balance of weight. Viscaria for me is worth every penny.Must try blade , I have over 30 top end blade and this is simply the best along side with xiom vega pro blade, yes unknown but true (xiom)
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 External Review on April 14, 2015
pro: koto top plies allow for soft touch shots, inner plies allow for speeds > ALC
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 External Review on April 12, 2015
Compared Viscaria to my Timo Boll Spirit. Viscaria has slightly larger FL handle and was 3 gr. heavier. More direct feeling with a pinch more stiffness and power. Looping close to table sent the ball longer than TBS. so stroke adjustment is needed. Very suitable for mid distance looping and hitting. Good touch for the short game pushing and chopping. Blocking on BH was brilliant with Viscaria. I felt TBS was better for looping mid and close to table while Viscaria was better further away from table Counter hits where very fast with Viscaria. A bit head heavy with Tenergy rubbers. A great blade for mid and advanced players. These are getting easier to find now.
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Review by vincent92_160 on April 5, 2015
i have n currently using the TIMO BOLL SPIRIT n i can tell u that this blade is too fast for a player my level. around 1400. the TBS is like part of my arm i feel like i can place the ball anywhere and hit at anyspeed and spin. the Viscaria however has a higher throw and less dwell time so it feels like the ball is bouncing off the racket as soon as it touch, i felt that the backhand side was more controlable and solid where my strokes where more compact. however on my forehand loop the ball tends to go long if i dont apply enough spin.
i think this blade is unnecessary for players lower then 1600-1700.
my setup was DHS HG3 FH , xiom VEGA pro BH
so if i was to use faster rubber i think the reaction would have been worst
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 External Review on August 15, 2014
It has a much softer feel than most carbon blades, and it has a lot of flex. The handle needed a lot of sanding because it made me blister the second day. Mine was 83 grams, and most of the weight went to the head of the bat but it felt very light compared to other blades. A lot of people have said that the handle is very wide for them, but it didn't bother me. I have small hands so I hold the bat high up on the handle so maybe it is shorter there and so maybe I'm not the right person to talk to about that. The handle does seem very flared.

BH blocks have so much more power. With this, the blocks go back at about the same speed as my old all wood, but they are so much more controlled. Thus, it's 300 times easier to punch block the ball, and the ball goes very fast with a little flick in the wrist or a loop. It is much easier to be aggressive.

The short game takes some time to get used to. The ball goes farther and more powerfully making touches harder. Flicks need adjusting. I feel like I have to open my bat a lot more on the more passive flicks. But when I want to make it fast it'll help me more. When I push I have a ton of control. Although my setup is sensitive to spin, I still feel like on a push I have forever to figure out where to place it.

Serves are great. I can generate tons of spin and keep the ball very short. I can loop very consistently and quickly. Tons of improvement on the backhand. Counter looping short and mid distance is incredible. You will have high throw rallies and then BAM a low winner down the line. Looping long underspin is SOO much easier than the allwood. I have a much higher margin of error.

Overall incredible control for a carbon while gaining power. With just a punch you can get a ton of power. Requires more spin and effort on flicks and slightly different technique on close to table loops but counter looping is incredible. Great for service. Has a ton of feel and a lot of control so that I can place the ball anywhere.
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 External Review on May 8, 2014
Good blade! Very good to CONTROL and very fast! :D
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 External Review on April 9, 2014
Nice and amazing blade! Love the flexibility as I'm BH oriented allround player...
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