This is my third blade and the fastest one I have used. I was using nittaku acoustic before, and it didn't give me a lot of speed I want for my backhand short pips( my technique is probably the reason). However this blade which is harder and faster, gives me better feeling with my backhand punch (using a 1.8mm short pips rubber). I'm using a soft rubber on my forehand, which gives me more control then my previous harder rubber. I think I find the gem in this one.