ewing307 on 6/29/2017
My favorite long Pips.It's 008 with sponge .
MartynJ on 2/7/2013
Joola Wing Passion Fast blade
F/H - Tibhar 5Q (max sponge)
B/H €“ Yasaka Phantom 007 (on Tulpe sponge €“ 2.2mm)
First of all I have to qualify why I use long pimples as I€™m almost certainly not a typical user of long pimples. Because I have a very strong FH, loop drive and flat hit, most opponents played to my B/H. Although my B/H blocking and counter-hitting against topspin was good I had difficulty in opening up my attacking game from my B/H against backspin, with reverse rubber. My B/H topspins against tight backspin shots were inconsistent and I tended to be tied down on my backhand side by cannier players. I looked to long pimples as an answer to my problem and tried many varieties before discovering Phantom 007.
Depending on the type of player I am playing, I play either an attacking/counter-attacking game or an aggressive loop drive game. As a result, I chop a ball once in a blue moon and depending on the type and positioning of a shot from my opponent, I will not push a ball more than once in a rally and often not at all. I always look to open up with topspin from the 007 on my B/H at the earliest opportunity, usually 1st or 2nd return. Bearing this in mind, I€™m not looking first and foremost for spin reversal, or knuckle ball effects (whatever those are), but to win the point straight off with an attacking stroke (or at least force looser returns that I can attack with my F/H).
What I€™ve found with 007 is (certainly with medium or softish, but fast sponge underneath) that it plays in many ways like a reverse rubber, capable of putting some spin and some pace on the ball (remember this is all relative, when I say pace and spin €“ not nearly as fast or as much spin as offensive reverse rubbers). This means it is relatively easy to adapt to using it and reaction shots come more naturally and consistently
Blocking / aggressive blocking €“ Plays very consistently, in a similar way to reverse rubber, but giving better control against heavy topspin. Tends to drop shorter than an opponent would expect from reverse rubber providing problems to opponents, returns from it are often hit into the net
Topspin counter-attacking €“ again plays consistently, more resistant to spin and tending to drop shorter, putting less spin than the opponent expects, making them think carefully, rather than react automatically and forcing a greater number of errors.
Topspin Rolls against backspin €“ I find it easier and more consistent to attack against backspin than with reverse rubber. What I lose in pace and spin on the attack, I gain on consistency and accuracy in placing the ball out of reach of opponents, winning points outright or forcing loose returns that I can capitalise on. There could be three reasons for this: (1) greater resistance to spin (2) significantly longer dwell time than reverse rubber, allowing good feeling and greater margin for error in the shot (3) slower, so the topspin shot can be played with a more open face which makes the timing of the shot less critical.
Chopping away from the table €“ As mentioned above, I hardly ever do this in a game (perhaps not as much as once in 5 or even more hours of play) and can€™t say how it compares to other LP rubbers / combinations in terms of spin reversal and other LP capabilities. However it€™s certainly easier and more consistent to chop with than reverse rubbers I€™ve used (largely attacking ones).
Pushing at the table €“ Many other LP rubbers I€™ve tried can (certainly for me, but I€™ve heard other people report similar problems) be difficult to control, with the ball tending to pop up rather than keep flat and tight over the net. As my combination plays much more like reverse rubber, it doesn€™t display this tendency. Many people will pop the ball up a little, or even off the end against it providing attacking opportunities. However, because you can€™t put as much backspin on the ball, if you play loose pushes they can be easier to attack and better attacking players particularly can benefit €“ one reason why I€™m aggressive with my backhand; often not pushing at all and seldom more than once in a rally. The backhand attacking consistency I€™ve gained makes this strategy much more feasible.
I hope I haven€™t bored you with this overly long review and have given some food for thought for those who might like to try more aggressive tactics with long pimples, or at least mix things up more in order to keep opponents on the back foot.
Anonymous on 6/6/2011
Been playing it for years. Great long pips. Terrific control. Good for attacking underspin or no spin balls. Good spin reversal.
Anonymous on 3/26/2010
It is generally suitable for players who play a moderately fast game.
Of course it helps to control the ball to a very great extent, with blocks and chops.