GEWO Sensus Carbo Speed
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The Carbo Speed is the fastest blade in the Sensus family. It is comprised of fast high-quality Aramid carbon, created in close cooperation with GEWO's top players. Aramid Carbon produces dynamics and excellent feedback providing extra control for variable offensive playing.
Sensus Carbo Speed combines the advantages of the high-tech Aramid Carbon fiber with carefully selected wood plies. It has an offensive character and is ideal for variable attacking. Perfect Sweet Spot for all modern playing techniques, especially topspin and counter-topspin. Perfect energy transfer, well-balanced, and not too top-heavy. For optimum over-the-table acceleration and sufficient mid-distance speed. GEWO Sensus Carbo Speed - the choice for aggressive and tactical offensive play.
Blade Head: 151mm W x 158mm L
Handle Length: 100mm
Handle Thickness: 32mm
Blade Thickness: 5.9mm
Type: Offensive +
Ply: 5 Wood / 2 Carbon
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Reviews of GEWO Sensus Carbo Speed (1)
Weight: 99 grams
Plies: 5 wood + 2 Carbon Aramid
Yes you are not dreaming, the blade is 99 grams! I will explain further on this but in a nutshell it does not feel like a 99-gram blade. I have the flared version and it is big as the flared version of the Aruna Hinoki Carbon blade. The shape of the handle reminds me of the Yasaka Alnalde or the Joola PBO blades but this feels a little bit bigger. It is made in Europe basing on the marking in the blade surface but somehow the Aruna Hinoki Carbon felt a lot smoother. It is not that I am complaining as the Sensus Carbo Speed has a semi smooth surface already and not rough compared to some European brand blades that I have tested but still the Aruna Hinoki Carbon has a much better overall quality finish. Gewo stated in their website is not top or head-heavy and I would agree with it completely. Despite the weight of 99 grams (yes I weighed this in my digital weighing scale 3 times!), it does not weigh that much when I was using it maybe because the balance of the blade is not on its head but rather on the middle or in the handle to offset the 99 gram weight. This has a 150x157mm blade head dimension like the Aruna Hinoki Carbon but both seem to almost in the same weight range when I was using the Sensus. I glued the Nexxus 38 and 43 EL rubbers which in fairness are light rubbers especially the 38 degree version which might have contributed also to the more balanced weight. It felt like a 95 gram blade that is not head heavy. I have known only a few blades that weigh as much but do not feel as heavy. If for example this would be at 94 grams only, a lot of players who hate heavy blades can definitely use this. It is fair to say maybe this is not the normal weight the Sensus Carbo Speed has but maybe it should be around 92 to 93 grams in my opinion.
Even though this is rated as an OFF blade only, when I was testing this during drills, it felt as a true off+ blade. This is even faster than the Aruna Hinoki Carbon but I still think the major factor for hitting that strong and fast is because of its weight. It produces really strong and fast shots. You can feel the solidity of your shots when you hit flatly. Compared to the Aruna Hinoki Carbon, the Sensus Carbo Speed has lesser flex and is more on the stiff range of stiffness. It does not feel as a Schlager carbon but it can almost be as fast as popular pure carbon blades in the market. The Sensus Carbo Speed is way faster than a Timo Boll Spirit or ALC and so I would put it in an OFF+ range of speed. Unlike the Aruna Hinoki Carbo, the Sensus Carbo Speed has a long trajectory that is on the medium low or low arc. The Aruna Hinoki Carbon has an obvious medium to high arc while this blade has a sharp arc with a ball that kicks hard when you are looping with it.
For spin attacks, this blade is ideal to go all out offensively. Its strength is obviously more on power than spin. Do not get me wrong, the Sensus Carbo Speed can spin very well but its speed and power is better utilized for heavy hits that engages the sponge heavily. If you favor a contact which compresses the sponge more even on less stronger shots, the Sensus is a superior attacking blade you that you can easily tame. One particular attacking shot that I like with is that when you loop drive underspin balls that are both loaded with underspin and at the same time with good amount of speed, you can still loop the ball well but those very low flying loop drives when you hit the ball on the rise and above the table is the best thing I have experienced with it. It is a risky shot but is very rewarding. The Aruna Hinoki Carbon on this instance need more brushing on the ball while the Sensus to clear the net, you would just nedd to compress the sponge more.
The Nexxus 38 and 43 degree rubbers were easy to use with this balde and the Nexxus 38 was particulary appreciated in the forehand shots because it made the shots easier and controllable. When you hit mostly using more of the sponge, you will appreciate this blade more. If you smash a lot, harder rubbers will do the job for you but the blade itself will shine directly on power shots. Being heavy has its perks, blocking against strong topspin shots is wonderful especially with the 38 degree rubber. I bet blockers with harder rubbers can use this to the max. Also, because of the weight partially, the momentum on your swings is much stronger therefore giving you stronger smashes.
This is an advanced level blade but with a very soft rubber, this can be used by intermediate level players. Slight adjustments on short shots such as drop shots and flicks may need some adjustments due to the blade’s bounciness but it isn’t too hard. Overall, this is a great blade to play with and even with long pimples, this seem to excel well with attacking or blocking pimple styles.
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