Butterfly Zhang Jike ALC
High Performance Model With Arylate-Carbon
A model with Arylate-Carbon, which makes the high reaction and control possible.
It is recommended for the player who seeks a balanced powerful attack while maintaining ease of use.
Made in: Japan
Head Size: 157x150mm
Anatomic Handle Size:102x24mm
Flared Handle Size: 100x25mm
Straight Handle Size: 100x23mm
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FAQ: Does Megaspin sell Japan-made Butterfly blades?
Some Butterfly blades like Korbel and Grubba are produced in factories both in Europe and in Japan, so they exist in 2 variants. When a Japanese blade has a Europe-made version, we always carry the Japanese variant. Other blades like Butterfly Timo Boll Offensive are only made in China so we cannot carry a Japanese variant of these blades.
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Reviews of Butterfly Zhang Jike ALC (18)
This blade is telling me: hit me baby one more time!
I bought a flared one, weight 90 grams, medium feel. The handle to me has way more comfort then for example the flared handle of the Timo Boll ALC (I'm not saying the Timo Boll ALC handle can't be good for some players, some will prefer the thinner handle of Timo Boll ALC), ZJ ALC handle is wider and also the weight of the blade is pointed towards the handle (better for combining with heavier rubbers I think if you don't like top heavy blades). Pushing, spinning, overspin, serve, blocking, smashing... it all goes fluently for me, especcially the mid distance play is great with this blade.
I don't really get the hype about the Zhang Jike Super ZLC, okay it's a very good blade, but can you control it? I prefer the Zhang Jike ALC here, it has way more control to me in the overall game, maybe a bit less powerfull topspin, but I think the control makes alot good here.. What would you choose: 9/10 topspins on the table (Zhang Jike ALC) or only 5/10 topspins on the table with bit more power (Zhang Jike Super ZLC)? If you doubt between the ALC and Super ZLC then take ALC, it saves you alot of money ;)
NOTE: all those topplayers, they almost all play with Arylate Carbon, I think this is no coincidence.. It's just something I notice, I find it a bit weird that I never have seen this said by someone before. Timo Boll is ALC, Zhang Jike is ALC and I can go on way longer, they probably all tested ZLC but didn't like it I suppose. Actually almost none of them plays with (Super) ZLC. Butterfly's (Super) ZLC is good material, and some will maybe play better with it, but is it worth paying the extra money for if you even haven't compared it with ALC yet?
This blade is great for an offensive game - it can do it all. Is it worth the extra money? Probably not. You could save $40-60 and buy another Butterfly ALC blade and performance would probably be similar. But on purchases like this where I'll just get the one and use it for a long time, the price difference was not a factor for me - so I went for the Zhang Jike name, cool blade design, and lighter avg. weight!
Although this blade is a carbon blade, it's not stiff at all. Donic epox offensiv is way stiffer. It's a fast but very soft and flexible blade. I recommend this blade to all those people who know how to spin the ball very (experienced players) and who are looking for fast blades with good feeling of the ball.
These are the characteristics:
- Fast blade with soft feeling.
- Handle is a bit thick for a 5.8mm thickness blade.
- Quality is world-class.
- This blade is not head-heavy.
- Head is smooth. Handle is a bit rough.
- I would say the dwell time is not short for a carbon blade.
- Good for both close to the table and far from table. But the true power of this blade can be seen far from table playing style.
- It's expensive. I paid 200 dollars for it in Peru.
- Tensor rubbers are highly recommended for backhand.
Played with 49 Stiga Allround Carbon before. The 160 Zhang Jike ALC does not have the same (perfect) handle as the Timo Boll ZLC. It's more like the flared handle from Stiga and that was a disappointment. I do not agree with all the ooh's and aaah's concerning the looks of this blade. Same league as the 49 Stiga. Maybe even less. Playing with Yasaka mark V (max) on forehand and 2.0 at my backhand gives me more speed then the Stiga. Good qualities of this frame are topspin and speed. Chopping, blocking and looping works great too but the Stiga did a great job also.
Because I like to attack but also want to have more dwell time and control I use this Zhang Jike ALC with the Yasaka mark V combination. It just feels right.
Last note: I played with Tenergy 05 and changed to yasaka mark V for the better. Yasaka gives you so much spin and control in combination with an ALC frame. This cheap rubber is highly underestimated. Tenergy is great too but to my opinion it's to bouncy. I lost to many points with par example blocking. (over the table).
Speed: it's not too fast or too slow, for me the backhand it's perfect, the only problem is the forehand from mid distance, it's a bit slow and sometimes the ball goes in the net.
Control: with this blade every shot is so easy, you will feel safety on every shot, probabily for 2.0 rubbers but in compared with maze+ vega pro max the control is really so much more.
Looping with this blade is awesome, you can loop slow and spinny but also you can top spin with a lot of power and spin in the same time (i guess for its flexibility) and you have a lot of catapult effect for this king of blade.
The price is high, i know, but i think it's worth. (sorry for bad english)
What this blade gives you:
1) Comfort. The handle is a little thicker than average, and its shape is just awesome.
2) Speed. As any ALC blade, it's fast. You don't need to be Zhang Jike to get the most of it.
3) Control. It is a very balanced blade, very forgiving.
4) Zero Vibration. The arylate carbon absorbs the vibration, but you still have a lot of ball feeling in your hand. No vibration, just feeling.
5) Look. It looks simply awesome, the only one similar to it, would be the new Apolonia ZLC.
6) Versatility. You can virtually combine this blade with any rubber. I've used hard rubbers on my forehand and soft to medium on my back, it plays perfectly with any rubber I've used, feels great. Although I would have to say that harder rubbers are slightly more suitable.
7) Expensive. Yes, it's a little overpriced, it could be on the same price range as TB ALC. I guess Zhang Jike is hotter for Butterfly, so they charge you more for his image, who knows.
Cheers guys, keep spinning...
relax and release the hand brake from my proverbial sports car which therefore allows me to have faster and more powerful shots. There's nothing worse than being offered the chance to attack but not being able to take that opportunity because you feel as if your blades aim, timing and control is off. Before deciding to go with the Zhang Jike ALC paddle I used a Gergely paired up with Tackifire Drive on both sides. Way too fast even though the rubber is designed for control. I considered buying the Zhang Jike Super ZLC as well but for more than twice what the ALC would cost not only is it considerably faster with less control but watching the reviews on YouTube proved that it would be a tougher beast to tame. Today I've matched this Zhang Jike ALC paddle with both Tenergy 80-FX on both forehand and backhand and it provides the most flexibility of style and play in attack and defense. It has definitely opened my game and allowed me to be more daring with my attacks and I kn!
ow you will like it too! Good luck!
Very stiff and better for blocking
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