Weekly Ping Pong Observation 190: Catching up with G09c, the choice of straight paddle
Original by Shi Bilin Black Horse Ping Pong
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Published on 2023-09-11 12:07 in Guangdong
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In this issue, let’s chat about the small information behind the Japanese equipment sales rankings.
Catching up with G09c, the consistent Fastarc
The top ten sales rankings of inverted rubbers are as follows:
Rozena, T05, G-1, D05, Mark-V, Vega Europe, D09c, C-1, Glayzer, G09c
T05 and D05 have always been in a competitive relationship, indirectly indicating that D05 is not an upgraded version of T05. However, it cannot be denied that there are more star players using D05 than T05.
However, there is a key factor that many people may not have considered. Many of the developments in Butterfly blades are actually for the sales of rubbers. In other words, some new Butterfly blades may not be suitable for the Tenergy series, but they work better with the Dignics series.
Recently, when I tried the flagship new product Hellfire from Yinhe, I had a similar feeling. At the beginning, when I used the Innerforce Layer ZLC, it was really difficult to play with and the spin was average. But when I paired it with Viscaria, the effect was much better. It had enough speed and bite. It can be speculated that when Yinhe develops new rubbers, the main consideration is the compatibility with their own blades, and among Yinhe’s mainstream blades, external blades are the main ones. Therefore, if you stick Hellfire on an internal blade, it may not be suitable, but it works much better on an external blade.
For example, the Butterfly D09c, when paired with the Innerforce Layer ZLC or the Yoshimura Limited Edition, feels a bit sluggish and not as effective as when paired with an external blade. One possible reason is that when D09c was designed, it was mainly based on external blades. Even if the compatibility with new internal blades is considered, these blades like the Zhang Jike ALC and Super Zhang Jike are still similar to the external style, which are relatively rigid and supportive.
Similar to D09c, Glayzer 09c also needs to be paired with a blade with better support. If it is paired with a soft internal blade, it will appear more powerless. The evaluation of this rubber by me is average, not as cost-effective as Glazyer. However, the current consumption trend is "brand-oriented". Even if its actual performance is not outstanding, combined with the brand position of Butterfly and the acceptable price, recently, G09c sales in Japan have caught up.
We are familiar with G-1 and C-1 from Nitaku. The feeling of biting the ball is really good. This Fastarc series (G-1, S-1, C-1, P-1) has been popular for ten years. G-1 is suitable for both forehand and backhand, but it is not lightweight. C-1 is really stable for the backhand.
What about Vega Europe in fifth place? In China, some players find Vega Asia Red V soft for the backhand, so it is even less recommended to consider the softer Vega Europe. This Vega series, released in November 2009, was initially considered by many as an affordable alternative to Tenergy. The control, spin, and speed of this Vega series are actually very good, and the cost-effectiveness is still good. Although it may not have the same endurance as Tenergy, the combination of spin and speed is still good. Otherwise, how could it be one of the best-selling rubber series in the world?
Straight paddle, star effect, and single-ply mainstream
The situation of Japanese players is very different from that of players in China. First of all, there are still many amateur players in Japan who prefer single-ply paddles. Therefore, among the top 10 sales of straight paddles, four are single-ply. The rest are three names.
In first place, Victas Swat
The Swat series has been popular in Japan for many years. On the one hand, TSP/Victas, as a Japanese brand, has a wide audience and relatively low prices. The all-wood seven-ply Swat has a versatile playing style. Now that Ni Xia Lian is in a hot state, she has given it powerful endorsement. This November, Victas will also launch a paddle with Ni Xia Lian’s signature.
In second place, Viscaria; in fifth place, Viscaria Super ALC.
Clearly, Zhang Jike’s influence is still enduring.
In third place, Fan Zhendong ALC; in eighth place, Fan Zhendong Super ZLC.
It is obvious that this is the influence of the world’s number one fatty.
It is worth noting that the above Butterfly blades are more suitable for a two-wing loop playing style. If it is a straight paddle with a traditional pushing and attacking style or a pimple playing style, it is better to consider Black Horse’s new version of Heavy Ming Bird, which is available for pre-sale at a special price and is thick and flexible. (Finally, at the end, it is exposed that this is a "soft article". )
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