Timo Boll is a German professional table tennis player who currently plays with Borussia Düsseldorf. He is a famous Table Tennis player, ranked second in the German Table Tennis National League. He is currently 11th in the ITTF world rankings as of April 2016, having previously been number one.
Due to Timo’s long association with the game and a major fan following there are many products that have been launched with the Brand name of Timo. All these product designs are specifically made under the guidance of Timo, with his ideas and suggestion taken as an input in every product. Today, we review the best blades that are available in the market under the name Timo Boll.
Price: $ 249.99
- Great loops and smashes
- Good balance
- Not meant for beginners
- Margin of error very small
This paddle by Butterfly is produced by blending ZL Fiber with Carbon Fiber. The Timo Boll ZLC offers the traditional feel and power of Carbon, but the flexibility of the ZL Fiber holds the ball longer on the blade than traditional Carbon blades. This is a perfect blade for the power attacker who likes to both loop and smash.
This blade can go slow or fast depend on your swing. It’s a top spin monster which gives less margin for error. It’s recommended only for advanced players who have the practice time or skills to play extremely accurate shots and want the fasted beast they can get.
Price: $ 149.99
- Heavy topspin strokes
- Good control
- Extremely fast
- Takes time to get adjusted
This blade offers more speed than the previous model but still allows heavy topspin strokes. The Timo Boll ALC offers the perfect blend of speed, heavy spin, and control.
It provides good control and awesome speed on fast strikes while playing close to the table. You’ll take a little time to get your hand adjusted on this blade and understand how to make the best use of it. This blade is not meant for beginners as it is extremely fast. The spin of the blade spin depends on the rubber paired along.
The bounce of the blade is good, it’s neither too high, nor too low. The blade suits perfectly if your habit is to play long rallies away from the table. But it if you’re an aggressive player who intends to kill the game quickly, this might not be the blade for you.
Price: $ 161.99
- Perfect for power smashes
- Balanced between offensive and defensive playing style
- Average throw angle
- A little bouncy
The Timo Boll T5000 is an update on the Butterfly’s classic Carbon Series. This is a beast of a power blade meant for the power attacker. It features a large sweet spot, hard feel, and produces tons of power for point winning loops and smashes.
You can loop and smash easily with this blade and with some practice you can deliver some heavy chops as well. If you play close to the table, the blade may feel a little bouncy. Flicks are easy, throw angle is average, and topspins are fast.
The blade feels comfortable in hand and is definitely superior in terms of looping. Once you work your opponent away from the table, you can close the deal with no problem with this gem. The blade offers great power, without control loss.
Overall it’s a good balance between offense and defense gameplay.
Price: $ 134.99
- Easy on hand, very comfortable
- Good spin delivered
- The handle might need rubber gripping if you have big hands
This carbon blade is made for the European style of looping play. It has good balance of speed and control.
It feels very light in hand with the weight of nearly 90gm. The handle grip is also great and if you pair with a butterfly grip you’ll definitely feel the difference. This blade is comparatively slower which allows you to control the shot without launching the ball. Obviously, the rubber you pair with this blade will have a considerable impact on the speed of the paddle.
With average stiffness and a medium hardness, the spin provided by the blade is also great.
It gives the feel of a wood blade in the short game but when you play push shots, you’ll feel the power of carbon. The blade is popularly known for great loop shots.
Overall, it is the perfect choice for an all-round attacking player.
There is a wide range of Timo Boll products that are produced by Butterfly. Though in this edition we only reviewed the four most popular and widely known blades, there are many other blades in the series. The ones covered in this post were mostly meant for intermediate to advanced level players.
Hope our reviews will help you in making the right decision. Let us know which model did you choose and for what reasons in the comment section.