destodave on 11/15/2017
Hmmm... well I agree this is very fast pips out. I think it has more spin than previous reviewer mentioned. I’ve playef with many softer pips that had more spin but the spin is a little less for this, probably about 6.5. That said this is definitely an offensive rubber and I’ve played well with it. I’ve played a couple of choppers rated 2000 - 2200 and was able to loop their chops ok with it. Blocking is ok but smashing and quick attacks are where this shines. If you want a spinnier pips then go with SpinPips Red, but this pips gets an 8 overall from me.
soper79 on 5/2/2017
I think this is a good SP rubber for someone use to classic, non-spiny pips. It just wasn't for me.
This rubber is consistent and easily the fastest short pip I've never played with. The new sponge comes tuned. It's got all the speed you need for the 40+ era.
That being said, I think it'd really take a skilled short pip player to tame this beast. I was coming from previously 802-40 which is a spinnier pip on a soft 35 deg non-tuned sponge. I had it on a Clipper Classic. I believe Spectol red had printed 44 BZ on the back. I'm not sure what the BZ stands for but I'm assuming it's 44 degrees. And this is the softer version. Spectol Blue is suppose to be a couple of degrees even harder and thus faster.
One of the first things I noticed when I opened the package was how much smaller the pips were in size compared to my 802-40. Even standard 802 had larger pips. This was my first indication that this pips would be more of a classic pips.
Sure enough it hits & attacks straight as an arrow. Opponents use to the ark of an inverted ball coming in will certainly have to adjust. At the same time, this rubber is unbelievably fast and low spin. There's little to no break in ark so your margin for error is extremely small.
I would say if you are already use to classic pips? Go for this & enjoy. If you are use to a spiny pip and/or playing pips on a softer sponge, you should go into this knowing there will be a solid adaptation period for you to manage.