Fang Bo’s new blade, Banda Carbon SF


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Author: Lao Shao Tea Shop

Once upon a time, Banda and Stiga were the twin stars of Stiga AB Sports, the famous brand of Waldner and Gaiting. When Stiga restarts Banda (Chinese name: Banda), can there be a new spark?

As a star in the ping-pong equipment universe, Banda used to impress people: excellent sense of speed in the celluloid era, excellent arc, feel and control. Now that Banda has become a Banda, what’s new?

Today, we are reviewing the new blade recommended by former national player Fang Bo: Bonda Carbon SF.

From outside to inside

Concise, prominent and clear design and logo are my first impressions of the Banda baseboard box. The box is “hollowed out” in the shape of a capital letter B, and the label paper in the upper right corner identifies the model of the bat.

What about CARBON SF (carbon SF), the red line of the handle is reminiscent of carbon 45. The main sign runs through the top and the tail of the handle, which is a rather novel design. The CARBON SF, as the name suggests, is a carbon soleplate. According to the intuition of the author, who is an English major, SF has the meaning of Special for Fang Bo, which is tailor-made for Fang Bo.

Structurally: Koutou surface material + Ayous strength material + fiber layer + paulownia large core. This fiber layer is composed of two fibers combined. Visually, it should be a mixed weaving of yellow aryl and carbon fiber. This kind of yellow carbon is relatively soft to the touch and has good power storage.

The structure is very similar to Stiga-inspired carbon. The same built-in fiber + paulownia large core. However, the inspiration carbon is ACF carbon, and the carbon SF is yellow carbon. In the measured thickness, the inspiration carbon is 6.25mm, and the carbon SF is 6.42mm. The board surface is also 158*151mm. The measured weight, carbon SF is 89.1 grams.

In terms of style, Inspiration Carbon is different from the traditional Stiga board with large deformation and strong bottom. It does not focus on the absolute bottom of the veneer, but is more in line with the new plastic ball era “closer to the table, more multi-board stalemate. and high-speed attack and defense” concept, highlighting stability and first speed, but not strength. In fact, carbon SF also has many similarities.

Practical test

The glue mix is more versatile, and the forehand is no problem whether it is a mad Biao San or astringent T05.

Transparency, excellent control

Fang Bo said that the bottom plate “has transparent sound and very good sensing.” Indeed, when you hit the board, the sound is crisp and clear. Not stiff. It is manifested in the control of the small ball in the table, not vain, short swing or long split, very good and obedient. Although the thickness of the base plate is 6.4mm, it does not feel difficult or bulky. It may be because of the use of paulownia wood, which is more transparent than Ayous, as the large core.

The overall feel is relatively clear, and the hitting feedback is very bottom. The directionality of defense, unloading, and hitting are all pretty good and stable.

Good speed near Taiwan, easy to use near Taiwan

In the near stage, when the action is relatively tight, the first speed is still very good with the assistance of the face material and the aromatic carbon layer. Especially the backhand position is very comfortable, and the center of gravity will not depend on the head. The afterburner in the bombing and leveraging, the feedback on the speed is good. Twist a board, tear it, it feels very easy to control, very numerous. The feel of the board itself is good, but you won’t feel too sloppy.

Retreat to the middle stage, the speed of the ball is reduced at this time. Different from the Ayos core with more overall deformation used by Stiga’s traditional bottom plate, the jet of carbon SF is not strong. Fighting in the middle and near Taiwan.

The controllability of the reverse pull or reverse belt is quite good, the fault tolerance rate is high, and there are few mistakes.

Faithful to the touch, good to eat the ball

The overall support of carbon SF is good, because of the thickness of 6.4mm, the top plate is still very stable. The feel feedback is basically faithful, and some feel like where to hit. It’s easy to take off the backspin, and you can add a lot of spin by pulling the sling. However, there is a certain gap between the strength of the forward force and Stiga’s flagship blade. It can be said that it is not known for absolute power.

Overall, it is still solid and relatively linear and controllable. Compared with the Inspiration Carbon, I feel that the ball feels more comfortable in the forehand, but the power of the hit is not as good as the Inspiration Carbon. The arc ability is relatively strong, you don’t need to create arcs deliberately.

Obviously, the carbon SF is not a traditional big killer of Stiga in a sense (the surging bottom type), but a stable representative with better control, easier use, easier stalemate and offensive and defensive conversion. It is not yet known what the market positioning of the BANDA series is. If it is at the mid-range price, BANDA will have strong competitiveness.

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