Original article in French: https://forum.tennis-de-table.com/t/bois-osp-en-general/8627/6804
The virtuoso Master Series that I had tested is not the same as the Virtuoso Classic and indeed I do not see it in the catalog . I put the matter to Robert to find out if it was ultimately the exit or if it was a ” concept-blade ” grinning : he me answered it would release a whole new line of wood “Handmade” but that first he wanted to raise the level of quality of the existing normal range . For the manufacture present , he told me confirmed that nothing had changed but he had changed from machines to burn laser and that therefore the logos had been able to be modernized .
The notion of ” arc” was already present in the quotes OSP and represents the degree of curvature printed to the path of the ball , in particular in topspin, this is the arc that describes the ball in topspin. More it is significant , the higher the ball will curve ; more it will be weak , the more paths are straight and taut .
And I tried the Virtuoso AC last night . This is a virtuoso Classic with two folds aramid-carbon of at most ( so a 5 + 2), located in inner thus against the bend center that is thinner particularly , this that fact that the thickness generally of wood is retained .
I stuck to it two plates used but identical to those of my set usual , H3 in shot right and D64 in reverse .
First touch : it is more firm than the virtuoso Classic, but not too hard . The promise of making a wood carbon that keeps a touch wood is respected ; this is when even a little more firm than a virtuoso Classic but of all the carbons that I have tested ( and I have tested not bad ), it is the best compromise that I know . There I did think to fire Adidas Hypertouch who had the same kind of touch , wood with at barely a sensation of carbon below , but with the touch magic PSO.
Compared to the old virtuoso carbon , I find that the virtuoso AC is less dry and less immediately dynamic . It keeps also a feeling of flexibility further , in particular in topspin. By cons it is very , very powerful ; hyper linear too , with a great control in all the areas of the game . You are never surprised by wood .
The wood is much more stable, a virtuoso Classic, the sweet -Spot is huge , it has a feeling of safety equivalent on all the range . It has a great sense of precision , that this is in remission , in cutting , and especially of course in block and in strikes . There where the ball was easily tend to float in the block or in the stroller with the Virtuoso Classic, if we do affects not good or if it is a bit on the back foot in the block, it is well directed with the Virtuoso AC. Me who do ‘m not a specialist block and the tap , I returned the blocks and the strikes of space yesterday , even in sudden reflex so that was my first evening with this wood .
At serve, it’s the same , great precision , controlled dynamism , we serve easily where we want , we put a lot of effect and the bomb serves are obviously more efficient . In handing over , I was not embarrassed either ; it is more easy to keep the ball low and it will escape not . I myself have been made to feel , I have not been of concern to deliver short . By cons I felt the difference in returning to a point on the virtuoso Classic: the first delivery is up live too far away , it’s much more easy with the AC .
Now , topspin … well, frankly , it’s gavage : relaxed : the grip is evil , we find this feeling of precision , there goes the bullets cut without concern , I found that the grip is superior to the virtuoso . The feeling is more ” Sharp” as the English speakers say , it’s precise , like cut with a knife . It keeps a certain flexibility , a some flex , and it there was a clear tendency of wood to add the power when it works the ball in closing the racket , in playing the ball tangentially . With the H3 below , which has exactly the same faculty , I you say not the mine that I sent yesterday , it is indecent : hugs : It has a lot more ease , sending the ball with a good speed requires less effort , then we have the feeling of having more in control of what we did with a virtuoso Classic.
Caution , of course it is going more quickly , so it’s not magic either, so send you a mine and that you ‘re not a minimum placed the wood does will not drive the ball all alone on the table huh … c is a shame because that is so exhilarating that has a tendency to try the balls of egg on all this that comes … with a rate of success pretty amazing , but it was obviously of limitations.
But if there is a minimum right on the investment , there was no more to waste with a virtuoso Classic, and the power is absolutely incomparable . One can easily kill the points on a stroke , and even if the shot is all little bit missed , we keep a good speed, that that ‘s not the case with the virtuoso Classic. And if it was a ball that behind the strike is just devastating .
Yesterday evening , I played my opponents usual , @ eric68, @ Loixm68 a different accomplice , which I posed at times of trouble because he plays very well at mid distance and it is difficult to overflow , an other who plays in anti top and , even if it is less ranked than me , may also me to make the mistakes if I ‘m not careful , and finally a player who comes to train for little at the club, which has a level around 15-16 ( it is abroad thus ranking different ) and which plays , her , very clean the two sides , the service short , topspin, etc.
All my opponents have I said that I was doing very little to fault , that I was very aggressive in my game and that my ball was very heavy to control in the racket too . I had never beaten the 15 to the drive , usually I lose 3/0 or 3/ 1; it has not had the time to make a game complete , just a set on 15, but he has never been before this time and I won 15-13. I was more comfortable than usual in all the areas of the game , are included in the service delivery that which is on him , the sector most critical because it’s his spot high . And I did not remember that he has me blocked a single blow hard …
My companions of game usual were executed quite properly I have to say ; I was absolutely untouchable for 2h30. Eric took his revenge in any end of training but I had sent so many of mine that I had more cartridges : rofl : and then it was better played as in the end of training .
Conclusion : ben I was delighted with my virtuoso Classic but here I am strongly tempted to switch my good plates on the virtuoso AC … already , after having played ten minutes with I had no desire to resume my virtuoso Classic ( then with the virtuoso carbon 1 was the reverse ) … and saw that with the status health which seems to worsen , it is even not sure to finish the championship and we will play ( if they play ) that in three weeks , I do not think to deprive myself of this pleasure . And frankly I think that I could be wrong, because even if the touching of virtuoso AC is a little more firm and less sweet than the virtuoso Classic, I ‘m so much more effective with the AC that I am ready to make a small concession on the feeling to have all the benefits of AC .
On the point of view more general , the Virtuoso AC is without doubt the best wood offensive versatile of the range OSP. Here’s how I would classify the current ( offensive ) woods :
- Virtuoso classic , made almost exclusively for topspin, allows a game in top controlled but not as easy to flat and stroller , play close to the table or 1 meter of table
- Virtuoso +: very oriented block and play close to the table , much more hard in area than the virtuoso Classic
- Virtuoso AC: Ultra-Flexible, that this is about the distance to the table as on the variety of strokes , very precise , drawing when it is committed and control Excellent
- Ultimate 2: intended rather to the players powerful and 1 meter from the table or more , good in block but more demanding on the investment and the replacement ( especially the size of the pallet )
- Ultimate 2 +: U2 XL with an area much more hard , much more powerful , dynamic and demanding , it is U2 this that the Virtuoso + is the Virtuoso Classic
- Martin off pro: more powerful and dynamic than the U2 puts tremendous spin too , Surface gentle contrast to U2 +, but cut to slightly close the same , more demanding than U2 and aimed at the players very seasoned