GAMBLER FIRE DRAGON HINOKI WITH FREE SHIRT
Every Fire Dragon has 2 layers of proprietary *high modulus carbon interwoven with multi stranded tempered filament,(F.L.C). F.L.C expands the optimal striking surface and gives the blade optimum flex recovery even at the highest professional levels all while maintaining touch and feel.
2 outer layers of high grade Cypress followed by *high modulus carbon interwoven with multi stranded tempered filament,(F.L.C)., Inner core of high grade select clearwood.
Fire Dragon Hinoki provides stability for the attack. Fantastic touch feeling of Hinoki wood backed up by the F.L.C. composite. Suitable for attacking players who like a deep feeling of power.
*compares favorably to Butterfly Garaydia ZLC
For a short time, the Fire Dragon series blade come with our limited edition Gambler High Performance Dri-Fit Table Tennis Shirt, a bestseller at the 2017 US Nationals in Las Vegas. It has a black gradient design and features the Gambler Dragon. (These are true U.S. sizes and the fit runs as a normal t-shirt will)
I normally play penhold short pips with a fast kevlar paddle, but teach my students to play SH and sometimes play SH. So take this for what it is worth. The build quality is very high. The edges are just a bit sharp at the throat of the paddle. This is supposed to be the medium speed of the trio, but it is solid, stiff, high dense tone, which is typical of carbon/aralyte. I paired this with Milkyway Sun 2.2 and Moon 2.2. In this combo it is not a looper's paddle, it is pure smash and hit. If you have the control you can loop but not a ripping point winning loop ( but remember I am not actually a SH). It's more like a Chinese rubber style spinny smash. Despite its speed and stiffness, you get a controlled block with a low throw, and a push/flip short game as well. The moon give a slightly easier time looping mid-distance. The Sun goes a bit long, for me at least. If you want and can handle raw power; this is it.
Purchased this as a back up to a 200$+ Butterfly blade, quality is very similar, will not be paying 200 bucks for a blade again.
I currently have this blade with a flared handle, equipped with Hurricane 8 hard on the FH and Andro Rasant on the BH. The speed rating definitely is 9/10 or above when hit within the sweet spot. When hitting lackadaisical FH shots, over the table, this blade is a tad bit on the slower end (Hurricane 8). Looping and counter loops are almost effortless, fast, and spiny. Blocking is effortless as each shot has such a great feeling, placement, and consistency. There is no control rating from the manufacturer. With that being said, my previous blade was the Nittaku Flame Carbon so I will compare between the two blades. The control would be at least 7.5/10 when hitting out of position and easily 9/10 hit with good form. The stiffness would be equivalent to a typical OFF- blade stiffness. The feeling of this blade is superb, direct feedback from the blade after striking the ball relays the type of shot conducted. During touch and serve encounters, the blade allows the user good placement when receiving and superb control when serving. It’s worth noting the selling point of the blade should be the amount feeling from every shot. Because of the blades feeling, the player can easily determine where errors have occurred in: shot placement, shot power, amount of spin, and touch receive. This blade is more suited for the a looper or modern offensive player. The setup I have is similar to Chinese offensive play and the FIRE DRAGON HINOKI definitely caters to the Chinese style of looping as well.