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Darker Alba blade (made in Japan)


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Darker Alba blade

Part of the SAKURA series of blades from Darker, new for 2014, read more information on the SAKURA Technology here.

Just like the killer shot of top player - Feel the "catapult" after the "bite"!

Making the best use of the characteristics of Sakura, the racket suppresses the bounce of close-to-the-table drive, block and so on, but increases the bounce for driving rally. The combination of hinoki and other wood has created an ideal sensation at impact. Power hitter will feel satisfied as well.

  • For offensive play
  • Thickness 6.2mm
  • 7-ply of hinoki plus other wood
  • JTTAA Approved
  • Metal Tag
  • Made in Japan

The cherry blossom pink (as seen between plies on the edge of the blade) is the proof of Sakura.

 

 

Characteristics of Sakura blades:

Soft shock-absorbance and strong flex to co-exist with a slight time-lag is the biggest feature of the Sakura. Weak flex at the low end of impact, strong flex at the high end of impact. (red line on the graph)

That is one characteristic that, surprisingly, few blades possess. Most blades have too much bounce on drop shots or blocks, and conversely, when hitting hard away from table, the power of a multi-ply blade often does not come out as one might expect.(blue line on the graph). The Sakura series solves issue, as illustrated by the red line in the graph.

--- The blue line represents that strong rebound occurs upon low impact and rebound not strong enough occurs upon high impact(non-symmetric performance).

--- The red line represents that weak rebound occurs upon low impact and strong rebound occurs upon high impact(symmetric performance). This is what the Sakura series offers.

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