I have tried XIOM Jazz blade with XIOM ZETA Max on the forehand and XIOM ZETA Max on the backhand. The XIOM Jazz is made of pure wood – a combination of Kiso Hinoki, Ayus and Koto. It is a 5 plies blade. The weight of Jazz is 82 gm and the whole racket with ZETA rubbers on it weighed 186 gm.
I would rate XIOM Jazz as a OFF blade for the close to the table play. The blade is not faster. It has amazing power for quick faster attacks on the table. I don’t say this is a Euro style blade unless you can use some faster rubbers on it like Omega III. Still, I think it becomes a speed game rather than top spin game.
This blade suits players who would like to spin with their wrist. The handle to the face construction is so amazing – it just fits my hand very well. I have felt somebody crafted this blade for me hand. The head / face of the blade is so compact. I had a very good feeling that I have more control on the shots.
This blade is amazing for close to the table block. With rubbers like XIOM ZETA, there is so much kick when the ball is blocked. It has little high throw. I think a rubber softer sponge like Omega II Euro will make the blocks low in trajectory.
Top Spin Attack
It is exceptional in its ability for faster attacks close to the table. If you are a Chinese style player, this blade is for you. I also think harder rubbers will go with this blade.
I have not found XIOM Jazz can generate good top spin away from the table. Being close to the table, the XIOM Jazz can generate good top spin loop. If you are not a “wrist operating player”, you may hate this blade. The handle and the face construction makes it easy for a fast backhand and forehand wrist strokes with good spin.
When playing against underspin strokes like push, I have felt it is good to loop as soon as the ball rises. Jumping out from the table few feets away is dangerous. The Jazz does not have enough power to accelerate the ball away from the table.Sponsor Ad: TableTennisStore.US - 1000 XIOM, TSP, JOOLA, CHAMPION table tennis products!