Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5
Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5 reviews and ratings on this table tennis blade.
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There are 9 users using the Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5.From manufacturer:
Description of Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5
The Balsa Carbo X5 is the first balsa blade designed by Butterfly so you can expect excellence. It combines enormous touch for the ball due to the dynamics of the balsa core and carbon plies. The low weight design heightens the control factor and affords much more consistency for variable block play over the table. Soft touch shots have emphasized control making ball placement easier. Forceful attacking play is strongly backed up by the 2 carbon layers, while touchy half distance spin play is possible without much effort. Overall a well balanced offensive blade for a committed attacking style.
Reviews of the Butterfly Balsa Carbo X5
mwyatt said this on October 12, 2008:
Great OFF blade with plenty of vibration. The touch is excellent with alot of consistency on service return.
I would reccomend a medium/soft rubber to get the most from this balsa blade. I'm able to get plenty of power from this but I feel it lacks long range power. Perhaps because its so light!
AndySmith said this on February 27, 2009:
Interesting combination of soft, springy balsa and still carbon. Plenty of direct power available for hitting, and awesome for blocks. Agree with the mwyatt - very light so distance play needs a bit of grunt.
I've seen a few of these around my club over the years, and they've all held up pretty well, but I have seen some ply separation so take care when removing rubbers!
kman said this on July 9, 2009:
Used it for > 1 yr for close to table / mid range play. Great blade for all-round attacking style. Good for smashes when paired with fast rubber. Great for touch play with good feedback. The outerply (balsa) does splinter with minimal misuse (eg. table contact) and have had to glue back the splinters couple of times.
foz said this on September 1, 2009:
Ive used balsa blades for years and this was just one of many i tried, when i took it from the box i was really impressed with not only the quality of it but also how good the balance and grip felt , i was sure id found the perfect blade! i was wrong! it played like a chair leg! far too much vibration for me, and not nearly enough pace off the table . I then sold it to Andy Smith, who doesnt use it anymore! Hope you got more out of it than i did Andy !
Laurens said this on September 30, 2009:
- lots of feel and control and still enough power for attacking close tot the table.
- very comfortable handle.
- very big sweetspot cause of the carbon but does not play like a carbon blade.
- very fragile, the outer plies are very thin en splinter very easy. Seal it before attaching the rubbers.
- i think its to light, it lacks power off the table and you need some wheight for the right power while powerlooping.
blockfast said this on January 8, 2010:
I love this blade
I have found it gives me as much speed as I want but with very high levels of control.
I have paired it with Tenergy 05.
Blocks very crisply
Loops very consistently
Spidy said this on March 1, 2010:
The blade is not for all out attackers, it is made for control players who don't hit that hard. It has awesome control considering the speed.
I tried this blade after playing for a while with Ma Lin Soft Carbon. Wow, what a difference! I felt like I could do what I wanted with the ball, because the dwell time is really that long. You really get a fantastic feel for the ball. Blocking is super easy with pinpoint accuracy. I should think one could use almost any kind of rubbers with this blade.
I use a lot faster and 10x stiffer blade now, but I really like this blade and can heartily recommend this blade to developing players and to those who need all the control they can get. Maybe I'll make this my primary blade when I reach Mikael Appelgren's age in eleven years and start to play more defensive instead of my regular offensive play.
-light weight, around 80g, forget that 70g Butterfly tells you
-superb control/speed ratio
-will fit almost all styles of play
-lots of flex and feel for the ball
-can't think of any, best blade for the given purpose that I know of
Schlager (no...not Werner) said this on June 14, 2010:
This is an excellent blade. I am a mid 1900âs player that loops, blocks, hits, pushes â basically everything but primarily aim to be an offensive, forehand looper. I have been using the Michael Maze for several years and, most recently, tried out the Timo Boll Spirit blade. With the Maze, everything is great until I run up against players north of 2100, at which point the Maze becomes a little unwieldy, too fast and difficult to control at times. I have also found the Maze difficult to slow loop and hit âcontrolâ shots â the âtouchâ is lacking. As a bonus, the X5 also has a very fat grip (I have the straight handle but have also seen the anatomic which is equally as beefy). Butter fly is way off in their mm ratings of this handle. They rate it at 22 mm thick - the same as the Maze and TBS but the X5 handle is visually much thicker, no question about it. I prefer thicker handles and find many of the Japanese/Chinese blades to be too skinny versus some of the German brands. In terms of specs, this blade is lighter than most by about 10%-15% which really helps if you are using heavy sponge such as Tenergy, etc. I have always felt that Tenergy, when used in combination with 89-95 gram blades, is simply too heavy a package. The X5 solvers this issue and feels very well balanced with these heavier sponges.
In comparison to the Maze and TBS, the X5 has better control, a much better short game, is far easier to loop and âslow loopâ and has enough gears to hit or loop from mid distance without issue â plenty of power. I have no idea what some of the negative reviewers experienced or why â maybe they thought they had an X5 but did not!
I have always wanted to try a softer blade and have heard good reports on Balsa woods. I now know why â the Balsa wood is very forgiving but this blade was no sponge. I am not sure what the outer wood layers are made from but they work very well in combination with the Balsa core and carbon layers. My game improved immediately â the first time out!
Anonymous said this on July 4, 2010:
Balsa Carbo X5 is the most controllable off carbon blade I've played with so far probably due to its softness.
If you're an offensive player which mainly attacks from close to the table, you can't go wrong with this one.
The anatomic handle feels really comfortable and like all butterfly products it has an outstanding building quality.
Btw the listed weight of 70g is wrong. According to butterfly it's a 83g blade.
j said this on August 20, 2010:
Blade has nice feel and touch, really light and fast. Great blade for offensive players that like to attack close to the table. With a good rubber blade combination this blade can be lethal. The vibration feedback when blocking is also good.
Highly recommend this blade to players who have an attacking game.
Anonymous said this on February 20, 2011:
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BOOKWORM said this on March 10, 2011:
Perfect blade I can not stop playing with it since I bought it.
I have been winning so many games that my oponents make a lot of comments after the games.
BK Anti spin special
Great combination but let me advise you that some of your contenders are going to be disapointed playing agains you due to the anti spin rubber counter attack and being able to smash the ball when is in the right position with CERMET.
This raquet allow you to do everything
Anonymous said this on November 7, 2011:
so many reviews about this blade, 99% said good, and I am the 99%, I say, great! I dont need to repeat so much about how good this blade is,I agree with you guys, carbo x5 really do a good job on close to table play and also mid range. but i want to tell you something you dont know: I tried a few carbo x5 from the people in my club, they are all good with different combonation of rubbers. later on , I bought a used one from ebay, the feeling is similar,but not as good. why? I find out the reason is, the guy put some crazy glue to fill the side of the blade in order to protect the blade. that should be a good idea if it doesnt detroy the feeling of the blade. why i need to tell you guys (carbo x5 lover) about this , cause i think the original carbo x5 without treatment feels the best! I am gonna order a new one.
Anonymous said this on March 23, 2012:
let me tell you guys i love this racket I've tried lots of the more expensive blades from butterfly and the carbo x5 with donic f2 rubbers on both sides is a very nice weapon great feel lots of power and very light. i love it best feeling racket around.or maybe i just found a nice combination of blade and the wright rubber
6655au said this on July 13, 2012:
Simply try it and you will love it forever.Balsa core with two layers of carbon gives you full security in all variations of play in the range of passive to active/aggresive strokes.Try it with Xiom Sigma Euro on FH and Friendship 563-1 (2,0 mm) on BH.The blade with those rubbers weights ideal 170 g for controlled game. This combination is ideal for allrounder as well for attacker.
The blade is perfectly manufactured, suggest anatomic handle.
prent73 said this on March 4, 2013:
Excellent versatile blade!
Outstanding drive and control!
pnachtwey said this on March 4, 2013:
I am more of a close to the table/blocker/hitter. I can generate a good opening loop with my BCX5 but after that I am usually hitting, blocking and pushing. For my style of play it is perfect.
I have better looping paddles. I wouldn't buy this paddle if you only loop or loop a lot back from the table. It works but there are better blades out there for this kind of play.
My BCX5 is as light as advertised. I can get away with putting heavy cheap Chinese rubbers on the FH and BH and still have a paddle that weighs less than 180 gm because the blade is light. My BCX5 has held up well over 3 years with only a few edge nicks. I have replaced the rubber many times but the blade surface has held up well due to a light sealing.
Another thing I like is that the blade side is about the same as my TBS so I can swap rubbers between the blades and they fit well.
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