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Dipak1974 asked 2 weeks ago

Hi Guys. This question may relate to Dan not sure But anyway, I currently use apolonia ZLC and very happy with it, I have Innerforce layer ZLC (IFL ZLC) as spare blade which is pretty much the same composition as I understand it. A old team mate used my IFL ZLC and really likes it and asked whether I would sell to him. I could do this and I was contemplating on maybe buying IFL ALC as spare blade instead. Firstly how does the ALC play compared to ZLC? I understand Dan is using IFL ALC and in past he did a very good review of Apolonia so how do they compare? Secondly would it be bad to have a spare blade that plays differently to my main blade be a bad idea that could effect training? In all honesty I don’t really use my spare blade only sometimes when I’m blocking for someone else or don’t want to unnecessarily wear out rubbers on main blade but it’s always good to have a spare set up in case.  

Secondly my old team mate uses Joola Rhyzer 48 on both sides but asked about changing his Bh rubber to something more controlled. I suggested Rhyzer 43 as it’s supposed to be slightly slower, softer and more controlled Than the Rhyzer 48 and I said if u already like Rhyzer then going from 48 to 43 should be easy and better. I used myself as example as I used T05 on fh and T05fx on Bh for that extra control (this was before I changed to Dignics 80 both sides). What I said is Rhyzer 48 can be compared to Tenergy 05 and Rhyzer 43 would be like T05fx. Would this be correct assumption? I don’t want to give him false information as I haven’t ever used Rhyzer 43 myself. 

regards, Deep 

6 Answers
Dan Academy Coach answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Deep, I’ll answer the Rhyzer question on your team mate first. you are right it will be much easier for him to swap to a rubber which he is comfortable with already but with more control so the swap from Rhyzer 48 to 43 for him would make sense as you suggested.

On the blades I would say it’s quite good to have a spare blade the same as your main bat, it means there is no adjusting when you have to use it in an emergency or as you say sometimes just in training. Also by having a second at which is different it can be tempting to swap about and then put doubt in your mind which is best. I know this myself as I have been changing blades and testing a couple of different ones the last few months. I’ve been going from an innerforce to ALC and viscaria too. The Apolonia ZLC is a very nice and well balanced blade and as you said very very similar to an innerforce. So if I was you I’d stick with one of those as you know you like them and are comfortable with it as well. The ALC you may feel you have less cotnrol as it is more direct and has less feel than the Apolonia or innerforce as the carbon in those blades is deeper into the centre.

Any questions on that let me know!

Dan Academy Coach answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Deep, I’ll answer the Rhyzer question on your team mate first. you are right it will be much easier for him to swap to a rubber which he is comfortable with already but with more control so the swap from Rhyzer 48 to 43 for him would make sense as you suggested.

On the blades I would say it’s quite good to have a spare blade the same as your main bat, it means there is no adjusting when you have to use it in an emergency or as you say sometimes just in training. Also by having a second at which is different it can be tempting to swap about and then put doubt in your mind which is best. I know this myself as I have been changing blades and testing a couple of different ones the last few months. I’ve been going from an innerforce to ALC and viscaria too. The Apolonia ZLC is a very nice and well balanced blade and as you said very very similar to an innerforce. So if I was you I would stay with one of those as you know you like them and are comfortable with it as well. The ALC you may feel you have less control as it is more direct and has less feel than the Apolonia or innerforce as the carbon in those blades is deeper into the centre.

Any questions on that let me know!

Dipak1974 answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Dan. I think my original message might have been confusing, I was looking at only the Innerforce layer ZLC and apolonia compared to Innerforce layer ALC. what is the difference between them. I’m happy with my Apolonia and that will remain my main blade. It’s just a question of whether I have Innerforce layer ZLC as my spare blade which I already own or get a Innerforce layer ALC. 
I’m only asking as a friend wants to buy my spare blade Innerforce layer ZLC and he doesn’t want to buy NEW as it’s expensive. Is the Innerforce layer ALC that you are currently using similar as I could steer him to buy that instead of Innerforce layer ZLC. What is difference in characteristics? 

sorry if the question was confusing. Basically looking to compare the INNERFORCE ALC V INNERFORCE ZLC. 
 

Dan Academy Coach answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Deep, oh sorry my bad I understand what you mean now. To be honest there is very little difference in the innerforce Alc and zlc, the zlc is probably just a touch faster but the overall feeling and control is pretty similar. Yes I’ve been using the alc and I do like it, nice control and feeling which I wanted. I think to be honest the difference in the ZLC and ALc innerforce is small and it would be easy to adapt and change to one or the other. I wash changing from a Boll alc which is quicker and more direct.

Dipak1974 answered 2 weeks ago

Cheers Dan that’s what I thought also. Just easier to ask someone who has tried both as I have never used the Innerforce ALC. I think the Innerforce ALC is supposed to be tad slower with touch more dwell. 

what is your current set up at the moment are u still using Dignics 80 and Bh? Have u changed to Dignics 09C on fh? I have Dignics 80 on both sides and love it. 
Cheers Deep 
 

Dan Academy Coach answered 2 weeks ago

Yeah its worth finding out for sure first, yrab thats right just a slight bit more dwell and control.

Im currently back using the Boll alc with tenergy 05 both sides as i found my forehand had more power ajd quality with that set up but I may still end up changing. Dignics 80 is a really good option though and I do like it, especially on the backhand side. I think many pro players will change to the 09c though but I haven’t tested it much yet 🙂

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