believer 3 weeks ago
Friendship/729 Battle II Provincial Blue Sponge
I had a session with this rubber on a Sword Blue Feather blade. This rubber has become my new FH rubber. The speed is faster than the normal Battle 2 47 degree (old package). The blue sponge that I have is 39 degree DHS scale. Overall, it has a lot more speed than a normal H3 Neo sponge.
In terms of tackiness, it is tack enough to pick up a ball for a second when new. But once it is broken in, the tack will wear out a bit and this is where it starts playing better. Yes, you may not have the tack, but it spins very well. In my first session at club night, I get a lots of "cheap" points from serves and mini spiny opening loops. My opponent is completely surprised by how spiny the balls are.
Since I have played with the normal Battle 2 47 degree old scale, I will do a quick comparison:
Spin: B2 regular = B2 Provincial blue sponge
Speed: B2 Provincial blue sponge > B2 regular
Serve: B2 Provincial blue sponge > B2 regular ( because you can serve long serve easier, for short spiny serve, it's about the same)
Over table short game: B2 PBS = B2 regular
Over table flip: B2 PBS > B2 regular (flipping over the table is slightly easier with the PBS version)
Mid distance rally: B2 PBS > B2 regular (This is where the real advantage comes in with PBS, the mid distance and long distance shots are a lot easier with the PBS version.)
Overall, I like the PBS version better than regular because it gives a bit more "ohm" if this is a word (LOL). Also, the sponge is more elastic for the same hardness. So this is similar to the blue sponge from DHS vs regular orange sponge.
I will have to play it longer to see the durability test. May update this review after a while.