Friendship/729 802 Mystery III

Friendship/729 802 Mystery III Pips
Approx. $ 7 USD
Price $

User Ratings (6)

Speed 8.2
Spin 7.6
Control 8.9
Deception 3.5
Weight 3.3   
Sponge Hardness 3.8   
Medium soft
Consistency 6.7   
Occasional variations
Durability 8.0   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 8.9 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 11 / 12
Spin 8.0 / 12
Control 8.0 / 12
Type Short pips
There are 2 users using the Friendship/729 802 Mystery III.
- Short Pips out rubber lashing fast attack
- Quick speed
- Great hitting rubber
- Produces some spin
- Suitable for attacking players
- 802 is a classic Chinese hitting rubber, that is also capable of topspin and spin variations. 802 is one of the few short pips that can scrub the spin off of incoming shots yet produce significant spin of it's own.
- Used by the amazing Chinese champion Ding Song, for a devastating spin variation game, many of the top European pros fell victim to his mastery of this rubber.

Reviews (6)

Ksaige  on 12/30/2017

These are the first and so far only short pips I've tried, coming from inverted rubber. I have 1.9mm and use it on my FH. This rubber immediately surpassed my expectations of what SPs were capable of. I could still use my normal loop motion, with a slight adjustment of bat angle and hitting forward through the ball a little more. After getting the stroke "locked in", which took maybe 5 minutes, I felt unbelievable confidence and control with attacking all balls to my FH. The amount of spin I was creating with these left me stunned, I didn't expect SPs to be able to reach near the same caliber of spin as inverted rubber and with awesome consistency. Blocking loops/smashes is insultingly easy, flipping/flicking my opponents' short underspin serves is so easy as well compared to inverted rubbers. Chopblocks and regular chops took me the longest to get my stroke adjusted correctly, but were great after I did. And the best quality of all, is its ability to be offensive with everything thrown at me and just loop/drive every ball with the same motion, almost able to completely disregard incoming spin direction/speed. I've only had about 3 hours with this rubber and I am eager to see what I can do with them after I'm fully adjusted, comfortable, and knowledgeable with them. Oh, with 1.9mm sponge, it only weighs 35g after being cut, which is significantly less than any previous inverted rubber I have used. After testing for myself, I recommend all players try SPs a little, so at least you know if you do/don't like it. For $8/sheet, there's no reason not to try them out.
lexprimaenoctis  on 4/26/2014

it is faster than 802 with their basic sponge and has a slightly less control. The topsheet is different than regular 802 I buyed las year...nevertheless, it is good attacking rubber. I use it on forehand for smashing, blocking and spinning... it can generate good amount of spin but it needs time to adjust the angle and technique. Its a game winning beast if you can handle it.
Nakata  11 months ago

Old school! This word describes best what this rubber is all about. Ordered one from Aliexpress for less than $10 in 41 degrees. At first hit I found this rubber too simple. It´s slow, hard, generates average spin (for a SP of course) and is nothing special in serves. However... it´s the best rubber, and I mean really BEST, to hit through opponent´s topspin. What it lacks in other features it excels here. If you are a SP penholder, and have a counter-attack strategy game this rubber is for you, look no further. Counters come effortless, just angle the bat and move it forward and the topspin will return like a missile in the other side of table. This rubber is also OK to block but hitting through spins is what makes it a lethal weapon.
tommyr22  on 2/10/2019

Ive tried many short pips.....802 40......802 tack......Spectol..........802 Mystery 3...........heres what i liked about the Mystery 3 that the other 3 couldnt do. First off im a close to table blocker who prefers to push an underspin serve and beat opponents with control and placement. Out of all the short pips ive ever tried this one on a Ultra Senso Carbon Blade was the best for slowing down a heavy underspin ball and dropping a dead ball back barely over the net. THis rubber is pretty dead ....which is good........if you want speed you hit with it and you get speed.......but when you get a heavy underspin ball and you want to slow the spin down and keep it short this is the best rubber for it. The blocks are slow and will never give you a counter point. This rubber has zero catapult.........but if your a close to table player blocker who isnt going to the olympics than this rubber may be perfect fit. But this rubber on which ever side you struggle with serve return and your days of reading topspin wrong and the ball flying long off the table will be over. It is heavier than Spectol but spectol doesnt slow the ball down.
stallion87  on 1/7/2019

Attacking short pips rubber with low deception. Pros: 1. In case you're switching from an inverted rubber the adjustment is quite small as this rubber is fast and still have some spin. 2. Service returns are super easy, if you have difficulties with long spiny serves this one is for you. just put the racket and the ball will easily return. Cons: 1. It's fast, and might be hard to control when you attack. 2. Low deception, it won't revert the spin like classic pips (though the rhythm will change and the ball will come back slower when you block). To Sum Up: Great attacking rubber which will allow you to easily return serves, change the rythem a little bit while Blocking and be more versatile, but not the classic short pips which return the opposite spin. Don't buy if you're looking to defend.

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