Ask The Experts: Louis Levene, No. 395
Site Products
Louis Levene (Photo by Veronica Navarro)

Ask The Experts: Louis Levene, No. 395

Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer

Question:  I’m looking to choose between the butterfly innerforce zlc and and the harimoto alc. I rely on spinny loops mid distance from the table. I want a blade that will give good dwell time without compromising speed and spin. please compare the two paddles in detail.

Answer: 

Your Ask the Experts question was answered by Louis Levene. He is a Content Creator on YouTube (channel: Looeelooee) focused on helping viewers improve their table tennis. Coach Levene’s response is as follows:

Hi Rajesh,  

The Innerforce ZLC and Harimoto ALC have a very similar composition. They are inner-layer blades, in which the layer of composite material is close to the core. That creates a softer, more wood-like feeling, while still allowing for great power and spin.  

The main difference between the Innerforce ZLC and Harimoto ALC is the composite material used. The Harimoto ALC is stiffer, but creates a softer and springier feeling at contact. In comparison, Innerforce ZLC is more flexible, and has a harder, duller feel to it. When you make contact using the Harimoto ALC, the ball will have a more direct trajectory in comparison to the Innerforce ZLC. However, the Innerforce ZLC may feel like it has more gears than the Harimoto blade.   

In my opinion, if you like to play far away from the table, the Innerforce ZLC is the better option, but if you like to stay close, the Harimoto ALC will be better. As you play mid distance, either blade will be a great choice, with the decision coming down to your preference of how you want your blade to feel.   

Thanks for reaching out!   

– Louis 

 
Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.

Dignics 09C - Now Available

Latest News

2021 HITTA Fall Open

August 3, 2021
Giant RR where the top 2 players of each group will advance into Divisional Groups. From the Divisional… Read More

888 TTC $15K BUTTERFLY / XIOM LABOR DAY CHALLENGE

August 3, 2021
Competition Date and Time: Friday, September 3 5pm – 8pm Saturday, September 4 9am – 9pm Sunday, September… Read More

Progression to the next level – my 2021 US Nationals experience

August 2, 2021
(By Xianyao He) Having been to a few US Nationals in the past, I’m not new to Las… Read More

Coaching Tip of the Week: Practice Service Spin … on a Rug!

August 2, 2021
(By Larry Hodges) It’s often difficult to judge how much spin you are putting on the ball when… Read More

TeamUSA in Action in Men’s and Women’s Teams

August 1, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins) The US Men’s Team began their match against Sweden with a difficult Doubles Match-up.  Nikhil Kumar… Read More

Upcoming Action This Week in Tokyo

August 1, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins) Mixed Doubles ended first and the Singles (Men’s and Women’s) titles were awarded a few days… Read More

WAB CLUB FEATURE: My Table Tennis Club Markham

August 1, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins) My Table Tennis Club (MyTTC) is headquartered near the town center of Markham, a suburb… Read More

North Carolina Table Tennis Hall of Fame

July 29, 2021
The North Carolina Table Tennis Hall of Fame will be inducting its first class on Saturday, Aug.7 in… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.