mrneutron on 5/6/2017
I've played penhold pips all my life. I've changed to a custom built balsa core thin kevlar medium fast paddle from a custom very fast hard carbon for the older 40 celluloid ball. I've tried 3 rubbers to get a deader, weirder more control game; the 651, Kokutaku 119, and Globe 889 (see those reviews when they are up). I've dedicated myself to a classic Chinese penhold pips, block/forehand attack game with an smooth RPB. Keep this in mind for this review
This plays very similar to Globe 889 (see my other reviews) This is a classic pips with a Chinese sponge The pips are cylindrical, wider spaced apart, very light crosshatching. On a hard 40 sponge, very hard to control, no touch. I can't recommend this.
Now there is a version with a Japanese sponge around 38 degree. It is a completely different animal. Using the same blade, it is fast and controllable in the hitting and just a bit weird in the blocking. You have to hit with a pips stroke, a kind of open throwing stroke with a bit of side spin. A smooth rubber stroke usually ends up long. The smashes are low and die slightly at the end. If you are pushed off the table, you can smash/loop; not really a loop but has tospin and a flat arc.
The blocking is well controlled and moderatly deceptive. Blocking back a multiple loop run, you have to get slightly above the ball and wait a bit (for the 40+ ball ) to come off the table a bit. You can backspin block dead or sidespin block. Blocking FH is trickier though.
It's hard to qualify, but there is a "feeling" of control with this rubber, better than the 802 with the 35 sponge. You execute a technique and it works how you expect it, no surprises for the most part, You don't have to think too much about how to do it. With the 651 (for example) and Chinese sponge, when I execute a technique there's a small bit of doubt in my mind, will it work and stay on the table, especially on things like short or dead push
Bottom line, highly recommended.
Espondilitico on 3/10/2015
What I like about this pip is the consistency for hitting. Almost imposible to impart spin with it although is not dificult to lift chops with the right technique. Not the fastest neither, it is just a reliable rubber to hit looking for good placement.