AC Hero is 5 ply wood + 2 ply Arylate Carbon weave is designed for players who desire a top speed+spin game while still maintaining feeling and close to the table control. Arylate Carbon blades are not a new concept, however the AC Hero has a special bond between the Koto outer ply and the Arylate fibers creating a new level of feeling and touch. Inner ply consists of kukui with ayous just under the composite layers. Comes with a hand lacquer finish and a classy metal lens inlay.
Note: Comparable to the Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit Arylate Carbon, however it should be noted the AC Hero has a slightly larger head and is lighter in weight.
I bought this preassembled with mec tek on both sides for my college program as standard issue. I actually play penhold pips, but train my college students SH and SH I am around16-1700. I have a Firedragon Hinoki with Milkyway Sun FH Moon BH I play SH with. AC Hero rated 91 speed, Firedragon 90. But the Firedragon is much faster and stiffer. AC Hero has a vibration feedback. FD does not. FD is a smashing paddle you have to use a shorter armed elbow closing motion to loop. AC Hero you can use an extended arm turning into motion loop. Against topspin from a Newgy you'll have to get on top of the ball quickly and keep the angle closed otherwise it will hit long. BH with a short up at the table jabbing backhand, lots of control. Using the elbow as a fulcrum very similar to FH oth spinning and smashing. Close the angle get above the ball. On backspin, if you have reasonably good technique and timing its quite easy to attack backspin. I dialed the Newgy back to have human level backspin. FH and BH, get slightly more behind the ball keep the angle slightly closed, lots of control, not that fast but a good kick. This combination is defiantly good for intermediate and probably rank beginners because it has lots of control and sufficient speed, pretty easy to attack backspin. I give it 4 stars only because a better SHder can probably exploit it better.
Hurricane 3 NEO 2.15 (FH, fresh) Tenergy 05 (BH, 2 years old) Prior blade was Gambler Mega Weave Control 9.5/10 Speed 8.5/10 Vibration 3/10 (just a slight bit) Over the table drives are really controlled. Touch game was everything you could ask for. Controlled enough for tagging the top of the net. Compared to the Mega Weave, I would say it has more control and is slightly on the speedier side.
I actually own a BTY TBS AC, so I have a very good point of reference. This blade has a higher speed with more control as well as a lighter weight than the TBS butterfly, I would venture to say it is all upsides when compared to the TBS. It does have a bigger head that can be a positive or a negative depending on the player also it has more feel and vibration, again this can be considered a positive or a negative depending on the player. I gave this blade 5 stars, clearly the best composite by Gambler to date. when compared to the price of the TBS it is deserving of more stars.
This is my first carbon blade and I love it. I have Gambler Burst Thors Hammer Sponge on both sides.My topspins and serves improved immediately. It has nice feel on touch shots n flicks. The overall pace on my shots has increased with seemingly the same effort for the stroke.The assemled bat arrived in 3 days. Rubbers were trimmed perfectly with edge tape.Throw in a nice blue dragon case and a nice lightweight Gambler shirt and its a great value. I tried several high priced bats of friends with name brand rubbers etc and I feel my AC Hero is comparable and so do my friends who have tried it!. Tom was also very helpful in answering various questions I had. Overall an excellent purchase that I'm pleased with.