wakkownr 2 weeks ago
Gambler Silver Dragon Double Carbon with Sevens Rubber
This pre-made bat feels like your typical store-bought bat from a big box store. But the blade is at least a little better.
PERFORMANCE: It didn't perform as well. Even with the carbon blade and tacky rubber, it took a lot of effort/energy to generate topspin and arc for a decent FH loop. The ball wouldn't lift over the net. Even when I managed to get it over the net, the ball would not dip down to land on the table. I made adjustments with my stroke, but there was no safety with the FH loop.
RUBBER: The Gambler Sevens rubber's was tacky enough to lift a ball off the table for a second, but not as tacky as DHS Neo Hurricane 3. The hardness is like the DHS NH3 (very hard). Spin generatation was difficult on the serves and strokes.
REMOVING the Rubber: The Zeropong.net says that the rubber can be replaced, but the process of removing the rubber and glue is not easy. It's nothing like changing the rubber on a custom bat. The glue they use to assemble this pre-made bat is not a water-based glue. Instead, they use an aggressive glue similar to store-bought bats. While trying to remove the black rubber slowly and methodically, a small piece of plywood still came up revealing the carbon layer. Using acetone with a Q-tip helped remove the rubber, but a thick coating of glue remained. Mineral spirit and a putty knife removed the remaining glue. I've done this process on another store-bought bat before, and it took the same amount of time and effort.
BLADE: The blade feels Allround even with carbon. It's not too stiff. It's got a little bit of weight to it. I the blade is better than a store-bought blade
CONCLUSION: I do not recommend this product. Even for a beginner, the performance of this pre-made bat would cause the player to develop lousy stroke techniques. Invest more $$ for equipment that will take you farther and make the game enjoyable. A good beginner remade combo is the Palio Expert 2 (The rubber is easily replaceable and the blade is not bad).