ondrashorak 9 months ago
Andro Hexer Grip has a porous sponge with a hardness of 45 degrees and a significant green color. I had a red square, a sponge thickness 1.9 mm and a weight of 66 grams. Andro Hexer PowerGrip is his stronger sibling whose most distinctive paper difference is a harder sponge. It has 47.5 degrees, smaller pores and of course the green color. I tested a black square with 2.1 mm sponge and a weight of 70 grams. I was keen especially about the Hexer Grip, because it (at least for me) fills a gap in a range of Rasanters.
I tested the rubbers on the seven-ply Butterfly SK7. Glued with TSP Bio Fix.
The first impression while playing were positive. The rubbers played absolutely steadily, well balanced. Spin potential of the rubbers is enormous. In terms of stiffness, I would say that the topsheet is at the bottom of the medium hardness, it is not sticky, but it is quite adherent. Topspins are really easy to play, I was getting more and more sureness to play the opening topspin from BH. Overally, I would say that my confidence increased in BH topspin game.
Topspin from the FH side was steady. The contratopspins were extremely safe. Overally I thought the ideal space was rather closer to the table up to mid-range. Generally, for both rubbers (and more generally not just these two rubbers) the deeper a ball sink into the rubber the more controlled ball you get. Adapting to short play wasn´t problematic thanks to the similarities of rubbers I am used to.
The softer Hexer Grip is slightly slower, with excellent control and a slightly higher arc. It has higher tolerance for mistakes. Ideal for players who are developing and want to increase their confidence and self-esteem in the strokes they are drilling. Hexer Powegrip is faster, sharper with a slightly lower arc. It's really the faster brother of the Grip, the rubbers are very close to each other. I think these rubbers are absolutely amazing substitution of older Hexers with all modern elements of todays game style.
darkermylove 5 months ago
I'm using Hexer Powergrip (2.1mm) on my backhand now (previously using it on both sides--using Tenergy 05 on fh). It's a really good rubber and after playing with Rakza 7 for many years it was a good upgrade.
It has easy access to spin on lower powered shots like 'warming up' or slow looping against backspin. Very stable on harder shots with good speed. It's not a speed demon like the Rasanter R47 or Tenergy 05 (2.1mm). I would say it lacks a 'top speed' that comes from a "catapult effect" that R47 or Tenergy gives. So on counter looping close to table or counter looping beyond mid-distance Tenergy 05 is faster and has more spin. Tenergy 05 would have less access to "spin" on slower/more passive shots.
The topsheet is very grippy (not tacky) so serving and aggressive pushes are quite easy. But the topsheet is not as grippy as Tenergy 05. So I can get more spin even on short serves with T05. Perhaps I am just used to a sponge hardness that is around 47 degrees but I find it quite easy to block with Powergrip. I find Powergrip to have more emphasis on spin than speed so that makes it easier to control. The spin generated on normal looping does remind me a lot of Tenergy. So this means it is more for looping rather than flat hitting.
One concern might be weight. It is just as heavy as Tenergy 05.
vthoang1986 7 months ago
Set it up FH with Treiber FO for 1 month. If you find Rasanter R47 alitte bit hard or fast, so it is for you. Dwell time is longer than the Rasanter series. May be due to the natural rubber topsheet. Service, block, push, topspin.. good. Smash is just ok. It doesnt have fault tolerance. You have to play it all. It really shine in counter top spin. Speed not as fast as the Rasanter series but spin is huge, draw a beautiful arc, and you can place the ball where you want. Spin is huge and unreal, like Andro said :)
carlos 4 months ago
Sponge feels like 45, many gears and very dynamic but not more spin compared to vega pro, and a lower trajectory..so if you want more geara and wasy acces go for powergrip and if you go for better spin and better price i say vega pro, but fun to play with thua and a better sound too