Player Level and StyleCombination bat player with long pips on the backhand - 2000+ USATT level.
SummaryI was sent the Killerspin Kido 7P by Megaspin.net to try out and review. This blade is supposed to be designed for aggressive allround players, which is fairly close to my own style when I use inverted rubber on both sides. After being favorably impressed with Killerspin's Forza 4Z table tennis rubber, I was quite interested in putting the Kido 7P through its paces, and seeing how it would stack up against my own beloved Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit blade.
Who Will Like ItAggressive players who still want to retain some touch and the ability to spin the ball. Allrounders looking for a little more power should enjoy it as well. And players who don't like carbon blades and are looking for an all wood alternative to the Timo Boll Spirit type looping blades should find plenty to like here.
Who Will Hate ItThe Kido 7P is too quick for traditional defenders (duh!), and possibly a bit slow for all out power players.
Marketing ClaimThe all-new Kido blade series was designed for the table tennis player who prefers an all-wood blade that has kick, precision placement, and incredible feeling. The 7P has the best balance of speed and control in the Kido wood series, and is designed for all-around players with an aggressive style.
SpecificationsThe blade is an all wood 7 ply (hence the 7P moniker), about ¼ inches (6mm) thick. The playing surface is supposed to be 6 inches (15.25cm) by 6 3/16 inches (15.71cm), but mine is closer to 5.9 inches (15cm) by 6.1 inches (15.5cm). The handle is 3.94 inches (10cm) long, and is a rounded octagon in shape, with a cross-section of 0.87 inches (22mm) perpendicular to the playing surface by 1.10 inches (28mm) parallel to the playing surface. The weight is supposed to be around 87g (mine is 86g).
Initial ImpressionsMy first thought on picking up the blade was Wow that's a narrow handle! Not that it's super narrow really, but compared to the Matsushita Pro Special I'm using now it's definitely thinner. Probably a bit thinner than I really like, but when I lent the blade to a friend to try, the first thing he said was Gee - I really like the handle - it's nice and narrow! Go figure. One thing I do like about the handle is the finish - it's a nice rough grain type finish that's grippy while still feeling smooth - and the handle absorbs the sweat well. Note - I checked the handle against the Timo Boll Spirit - the Spirit is actually smaller than the Kido 7P! (21mm x 27mm) But the Spirit has more of a rounded square handle, so maybe that's the difference. Ah, what do I know anyway?!
Playing ImpressionsIn order to test how the blade performs, I glued on a Killerspin Forza 4z rubber on the forehand side, and a sheet of Dr Neubauer Domination (1.5mm) on the backhand. I use Domination in 1.5mm on the forehand of my normal defensive bat (a Butterfly Matsushita Pro Special) and on both sides of my doubles bat (a Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit), so I thought this should give me a decent idea of how the Kido 7P behaves.
First of all, I left the blade alone for a few days, to let the glue effect dissipate. Then I was ready to start testing. After playing a few days, I tried speed gluing the rubber to see if it made any difference to the results. Although the racket was obviously faster and spinnier with the speed glue, it didn't change the feel of the blade significantly.
So what's the verdict? In comparison to my other blades, it's probably easiest to say that the Kido 7P plays like a slightly faster Timo Boll Spirit. It has a similar overall feel to me - excellent power with that slightly softer touch and nice dwell time for loading up the spin. Big sweet spot, especially considering its an all wood blade, and a straightforward linear range of gears that gives you back what you put into a shot, and doesn't leave you scratching your head wondering Why did it just do that? as the ball goes into orbit or dives into the bottom of the net.
The Killerspin Kido 7P behaves well in the short game, with a nice bit of vibration coming down the handle to confirm your touch. Pushes and blocks are crisp without being too bouncy. Looping and driving against a block is fast and sharp with good spin, exactly as it should be. Counterlooping is all good and quite fun, especially with the Forza 4z. The Kido 7p behaves as you would expect, so there are no nasty surprises lying in wait as you up the pace. Counterlooping with the speed glue added is a lot of fun - it gives you that extra bit of kick and pace - and a hell of a glue sound - it's almost a shame that the glue is going to disappear!
One thing that all players should note - seal the blade before gluing any rubbers on it. Although the blade is supposed to come pre-sealed, I have noticed a little feathering of the blade surface after gluing and removing rubbers several times. So seal it again yourself, just to make sure.
OverallThis is a very good blade. A touch faster than the Timo Boll Spirit, perhaps a fraction less spinny. Very similar feel - if it wasn't for the handle, I would probably find it very difficult to tell them apart - which might say more about my blade expertise than about the Kido 7P! And at around 2/3 to 1/2 of the price of a Timo Boll Spirit, I would give the Kido 7P very careful consideration if I was an allrounder or a looper looking for a new blade to give my game an extra edge.
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