gerkw_ttceis on 10/16/2018
The German MSRP is EUR 29.90 (USD 34.60) but, I purchased it for EUR 18.32 (USD 20.20) which is a steal for one of the better quality Chinese manufacturers. I just started to play with pips-out, however I tried long pips and played several years inverted. Compared to inverted, this is a very grippy pips-out rubber, however with much less spin than inverted and a lower arc. With only some few adjustments compared to inverted - bat angle more open, more pace in short strokes and a slightly upwards movement in counter, this rubber can be played with quite similar technique.
The less spin and the low arc throws off your opponent and some balls land off the table or in the net. This rubber is strong in smash and flat hit, as most pips-out rubbers, and moreover you can even loop against backspin. Here you'll need different technique, as the stroke must be slower than with inverted or the ball will end in the net. The block is easy to keep short but, due to the grippy pips, with returning serves you have to be careful as it sensitive to spin, but not as much as inverted. The faster you hit the ball the less the rubber is affected by incoming spin. If possible, a flip is always a good option…
I've tried 1.8mm in black and 2.0mm in red and couldn't find much differences, only that the thicker sponge is a bit easier to loop with, and the thinner better to chop behind the table. Even though the sponge hardness is listed as 33-35° it feels a bit harder.
I play the rubber on my FH and, if your loops and counter-drives with inverted often go off the table, give it a try. In my opinion the is a good attacking rubber which allows you to put pressure on your opponent in the close to the table play. When looking for a short pips rubber for defensive chopping behind the table, I'd recommend less grippy pips-out rubbers.