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Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF Review

If you liked Timo Boll ALC before, but it was too fast for you, then you should try the ZLF version. This blade has a rather thin handle (FL). After a few weeks of playing this blade, I was hooked. It is now one of my top 3 blades.


Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF

The sharp feel and control are my favorites. It’s not carbon feeling, so it has a woody feel, but the zylon gives it more gears and spin. Soft overall, with slight vibrations and flex. This blade is great for topspin feeling, but it’s great for any shot like smashing near the table.

ZL-Fiber adds lightness and flexibility to the Superstar Timo Boll blade, although controllable blade.

Timo Boll ZLF
Timo Boll ZLF
  • Plies: 7 (5W+2ZLF)
  • Composition: Koto 0.5mm – ZLF 0.25mm- Limba 0.5mm – Kiri 2.9mm
  • Head Size: 157x150mm
  • Thickness: 5.4mm
  • Weight: 87g
  • Reaction: 10.5
  • Vibration: 9.4
Timo Boll ZLF speed
Timo Boll ZLF speed


Another ZLF of Butterfly

There are some ZLF of Butterfly: Timo Boll ZLF Off, LIU Shiwen, Fukuhara Ai Pro-ZLF, Innershield Layer-ZLF

Butterfly blades with ZLF layers
Butterfly blades with ZLF layers
blade composition of ZLF layers
blade composition of ZLF layers


The blade handle

This blade has a rather thin handle (FL). But it’s very comfortable.

Timo Boll ZLF handle
Timo Boll ZLF handle

Compared to the ZLC version, the ZLF version has a similar handle dimension. This is the handle of the Timo Boll ZLC blade:

very nice handle feeling
very nice handle feeling

I prefer the Flared handle to the Anatomic handle.


Advantage of the ZLF

This blade has the Butterfly’s ZL fiber. ZL fiber is tougher, softer, and lighter than carbon fiber.

This produces a low-weight blade that can produce maximum topspin with the greatest control. One of the best Timo Boll Blades.

bigger sweet spot with ZLF
bigger sweet spot with ZLF

While the ALC gets all the attention from Timo Boll fans, there are many more fantastic blades in the range. Timo Boll’s ZLF. Using ZL fiber instead of carbon fiber, this blade offers great performance and lightweight.



This blade is effective for all strokes but excels at looping. In addition, it can launch the ball in magnificent arcs, then dive/drop it for a bounce with a strong topspin kick It works well with medium-hard inverted rubbers (like the Tenergy 09c rubbers).

softer feeling with Timo Bll ZLF
softer feeling with Timo Bll ZLF


Timo Boll ZLC Vs Timo Boll ZLF Blades

The ZLF contacts the ball softer than the ZLC. Their stiffness may be the key. The ZLF is stiffer but tougher than the ZLC.

Timo Boll ZLF has speed (reaction of 10.5).

Timo Boll ZLF speed
Timo Boll ZLF speed

Timo Boll ZLC is much faster, the reaction rate is 11.7.

Timo Boll ZLC speed
Timo Boll ZLC speed

Although both models feature 10.8 (ZLC) and 9.4 (ZLF) control rates, the values for consistency and speed differ.

ZLF vs ZLC
ZLF vs ZLC

Our conclusion may vary depending on your personal style. The ZLC is suited for advanced powerful attacking style far from the table. ZLF is the best choice for looping styles, who relies on spin variation.

softer feeling with Timo Bll ZLF
softer feeling with Timo Bll ZLF


Which rubbers for this blade

The flexibility of the ZLF blade and the softness of these rubbers made the ball dive into the net when looped. If I maintained more of a forward stroke when looping, I could loop with success, but the rubber was very very low throw.

Rakza Z best rubber for plastic ball
Rakza Z best rubber for plastic ball

I have found Tenergy 05 or 80, Rakza 7, Rasant and Adidas P7 to compliment this blade well. Basically anything with a medium overall hardness.


User Review

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Butterfly Timo Boll ZLF Blade

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