Nakata on 5/21/2018
I´m trying a BTY short pips after a long time. Last one was Raystorm one decade ago. But Impartial XB is a whole different world. If I had to describe this SP in one world it would be "Catapult". I use it in max thickness and it´s very, very springy when bouncing against the ball. Speed is almost the same of Rakza PO, which I still consider the fastest SP I´ve tried so far. This is good to attack but cause some issues when blocking and receiving short spinny serves. I must be very careful when blocking slow topspins because the rubber tends to catapult the ball back like crazy. So it´s necessary a fine motion to kill spin first. Overall a nice rubber with super nice sound, like the old speed glue days.
LeeStyle on 12/24/2017
Will be reviewing this sheet soon. It is on the way so be prepared for an updated review!
(All statements will be compared to Friendship 729 Short Pimples Out 802 1.5 mm Rubber Sheet)
This rubber is definitely a little bit heavier that 802 and that might be due to more materials being used for the product overall. It took me a little while to figure out the feel today but all massive topspin shots sent my way were easy to send back super low as long as my counter hit (while taking the ball off the rise) was semi-vertical.
I love the way this rubber plays. It spins and has a low trajectory but the rubber overall makes the shots go flat compared to Friendship 802 1.5mm (which actually really surprised me). Blocks are amazing and when you need to flat hit it does the job too. Give the rubber some time (as I am doing) to bring out it's full potential.
I highly recommend this rubber if you want SPEED/BLOCK/MEDSPIN but go try or look into Impartial XS if you want SPEED/SPIN/lLOWBLOCK.