GAMBLER NANO BORON CARBON FLARED HANDLE
The Gambler Nano Boron Carbon is a new concept in composite blade construction, harnessing the rapid feedback and reaction time of Boron with the strength and dependability of carbon. The Nano Boron is made for the attacking player who wishes to generate power and spin both close and away from the table. In addition to the power, the Nano Boron has good short game control considering the high speeds it is capable of generating.
This is my least favorite of the new gambler composite blades, simply because I am not a fan of the feel or sound that the boron rods provide. This blade could be really great for others, but it does have a distinct sound and feel. It is not necessarily bad, it sounds like a racquet but has a harsher tamber, its a bit flatter of a sound I guess. The feel is also somehow flatter, it is a bit more vibration dampening than other composite blades, and this is something others might like, but it just feels too odd for my tastes. It nonetheless performs well, decent speed and control, probably off-. I find it a little stiff for my tastes but it loops pretty well and is good in the short game. I wouldn't tell someone to pass on this just because the feel and sound are innovative, but one ought to know they are getting something a bit different than a regular composite blade. Of course, every blade is different and the rubber has a lot to do with it also (I'm not impressed by the rubbers I have on, the sponges are too hard, so maybe that is exaggerating the subtleties of this blade).
I ordered one of each blade for delivery to Russia, I have had for 3 weeks now. GAMBLER NANO BORON CARBON is very strange in a good way, when play for touch the blade has a good feel, middle play the power is good but not very powerful however enough to finish points with good control. This blade has an extra speed I have not seen, when you make very powerful stroke it seems to slingshot the ball, this may be the boron in the blade I am not sure but I feel when you expect this result it can be used for advantage in play. Again this blade comes with nice hand varnish, and pretty woods.
I tried a few different rubbers on this blade and found a Medium Soft was the best match for the forehand and soft or pips were good for the backhand. Would like to try 755 with 1.0 on this blade some time in the near future. Was solid at the table and would let the ball bite the top sheet OR just smack the ball flat! NOT a lobbers blade!
Great quality. Really top of the line material. Just can't fully grasp the dwell time to use this blade effectively. Personally prefer a stiffer blade.