Friendship/729 Focus 3 Snipe

Friendship/729 Focus 3 Snipe Rubber
Approx. $ 15 USD
Price $

User Ratings (129)

Speed 8.6
Spin 8.3
Control 8.9
Tackiness 1.6   
Slightly tacky
Weight 2.1   
Sponge Hardness 3.0   
Medium soft
Gears 7.2   
Above average gears
Throw Angle 4.1   
Consistency 8.4
Durability 6.8   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 8.8 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 12 / 12
Spin 11 / 12
Control 11 / 12
Tensor No
Anti No
There are 34 users using the Friendship/729 Focus 3 Snipe.
729 Focus III is the first non-tacky sandwich rubber developed in China. Its snipe colloidal particle is produced by the whole new processing technique and mold technology. all of which make the rubber more delicate and soft in its nature but more lasting to its non-tacky rubber quality so that strong friction and spin can be easily created. The wholely-new sponge is upgraded by energy-storing technology combined with SENSOR sticking technology that can create super strong bounce by using VOC free glues. The new sandwich rubber is upgraded in an all round way, therefore, it has the characters of nice perfect feelings, intensive force and easy control. Compared with the overseas similar products, ours is more value for money and it is the first choice of backhand players whose style is the quick attacking loop.

Reviews (84)

man_iii  on 2/20/2015

For a chinese rubber, this is a non-tacky but grippy rubber like Jap / Euro rubbers! Lightweight, consistent and an all-round rubber for every player. Comparing this rubber only Yasaka Mark V comes close to these qualities! Since this is an all-round rubber, its very good for learning the game, practicing, competitive play, foot-work, drills, def, off, etc. Unless you are looking for power+speed, this rubber will hold its own throughout its lifetime and this rubber lasts long time! This rubber is a keeper. Recommended for all beginners, intermediate, defensive, offensive. Advanced players only if they want a good workout without sacrificing money or their game / style of play. Until you want faster and more powerful which means much more expensive equipment, you have spent very less for a very good quality product.
PierreAd  on 11/16/2013

Like many chinese rubbers, this one comes in different hardness : I'm playing with a 42° one (though I'd say it feels more like 40°), 2.1mm thickness, on my BH. It's a european-style rubber, nothing close from a chinese hard-and-tacky rubber. Seems to be a pretty versatile rubber : it reminds me a lot of Sriver FX I used to play with, but a bit faster. Not too fast, not tacky and not that spinny either (say, nothing better than a european rubber such as Desto F3, but still decent), and a pretty good control. The topsheet seems of a medium hardness, which makes this rubber suited for almost any kind of player. It performs well on every stroke : topspin, blocks and counter-attack, backspin strokes... I just wouldn't advise it to attackers who are used to playing further from the table, as it wouldn't be powerful enough to deliver attacking strokes. I'm not yet sure if I'll keep it for the whole season (waiting for a LKT Rapid Sound as well), but I definitely won't have any issue using this rubber for tournaments and official competitions.
constant31  on 12/21/2010

Playing with backsides, I tried to find a good "partner" for my Rakza 7 Soft. For starting the review, I know that starting with 2010, a "Tenergy-mania" developped quicly. However, the price and the high throw angle pushed me to go away. I found the Yasaka rubbers better than Butterfly Tenergy because of many points: - more forgiving (because less sensitive to the service spin) - very good spin and very durable - less expansive (30-40⬠here in Europe, where Tenergy are 50-60â¬) NOW... I will go for Focus III Snipe... Is a chinese tensor rubber (2.1 mm), with very good topsheet. I bought 2 times 2 sides (red and black) from Strange, but if the first time the back of the rubbers was marked H.42 (for the Hardness), after 1 month after, the rubers were marked H.40 (more elastic but more tender). Yesterday I found on the net advises for "" as being the best for "quality-price" service for tennnis-table. And IS TRUE !!!! I asked what type of hardness they have and why is possible to have this heterogeneity on the market. After few hours, they answered that the chinese factory can sell TODAY (december 2010) many types of hardness: 40, 42, 44 and 46 degrees !!!!! This is an extraordinary thing. I will explain. The Focus III Snipe is really a "sniper" rubber. Very very forgiving for returning the serves, it has the ability to inverse very well the spin (I speak fom the returner point of view). In other words, where Tenergy are very sensitive, and the Rakza 7 Soft oblige however to compensate the angle with a good push, the Focus III Snipe needs just a little angle and a little push, with fantastic control. Another point: the gears ! This rubber has many many gears, depending on the blade you use for. Is not a missile or a flash weapon, however it's a tensor rubber. When you push it, the gears are here. Many players like to obtain very fast strokes with minimum effort, but this must be payed with less control and very very good technique. On the other hand, the abilities of very fast rubber are not big: you can't play a big variety of styles as answer to your opponent. In general you play "your style" against another style, with little possibility to adapt. What I liked to Focus III Snipe was the ability to be an offensive rubber but a very good strategic one. For exemple against pimps out rubbers or very spinny serves or very quickly styles etc. It's durability (lasts a long time) and its price (especially from, and the possibility to buy many hardness for the sponge make this rubber a FANTASTIC ONE. I expect that its price will rest as it is now for many years. However, attention please, because the hardness marked on the sponge is a chinese one, and contrary on the other chinese rubbers (for exemple the classical 729 FX is less tender than expected) , here chinese 40° means 36° for the European scale - and so on for the other degrees). IN CONCLUSION, now I'm using this rubber for my backhand, and a Rakza 7 soft (2 mm) for the forehand on a Yasaka Extra 3D blade. But because its forgivness, I think I will inverse the sides (I can smash better the return of my service with Focus III snipe, because it is even more foregiving and less sensitive to the returning spin. The ability to block is excellent too. It's very rare to find so high multi-disciplinarity for a rubber. Thank you for reading my review. I suppose that anyone can find his treasure among all these sponge hardness (40, 42, 44 and 46). YOU MUST specify to as adding info the hardness sponge you want. Best regards from France !
akira  on 5/15/2014

This does not play like a regular rubber. You will need to get used to it and totally readjust the angle of your paddle when top spinning (looping or driving) the ball. But once you are used to it it is an extremely deadly weapon. Feels like a tuned tensor type. I only recommend it for the real offensive European style player. It produces a loud click noise, it is soft and very fast, so do not stick it on a fast blade nor use speed glue on it, or the ball will shoot out like an out of control bullet. You stick this rubber on an allround blade and it becomes an offensive- blade. So keep this in mind before you buy. When top spinning the ball, it will shoot at a very sharp straight line with tremendous spin. Regular top spin stroke we usually do on a regular rubber will not work on this one. Your stroke will have to be very sharp forward. Friendship was serious when they named this rubber "SNIPE". Your paddle acts just like a riffle. My opponents were having so much difficulty returning top spin drives. Even in practice. It just ends the point right there. Smashing is good, but make sure your movement is short. Is totally effortless. Moving your wrist will already produce a very fast shot. Blocking is good, and is not affected much by incoming top spins. Serve return is good, under spin, side spin, and top spin. Doesn't get affected much by spinny serves. The downside. Producing heavy spin on serves is a bit difficult. You will have to slice the ball harder than normal, and make sure the ball doesn't get pressed into the rubber much. Tried playing close, mid, and away from the table, and it performed well. Been using it for 6 weeks, around 8 hours of play per week, constantly top spinning the ball, and the rubber still perfect. No signs of wear. This rubber is a killer. In a few hours of play you will get adjusted to it. I highly recommend it. It's cheap and a good replacement for those expensive European and Japanese rubbers.
Silverneedle  on 1/10/2016

Tried 1.5 and 1.8 as BH rubber on 729 f1 blade. It is fragile top sheet, sponge is resilient though on the plus side that makes it light weight. Its very predictable even when 6 months old, good for pushes, chops, and topspin loops, blocks, especialy good at flicks. In 1.8mm it is also good at punch blocks and smashes too, in 1.5 it takes a bit too much effort. 1.8 alows play a bit further away from table but still very good at chops and good controll. throw is lowish esp 1.5mm sponge version. No choice of sponge hardness in 1.5 and 1.8mm. Have had loads of sheets and always perform the same so very good QC. If you clean it regularly it can generate good spin. I expect to keep this setup for another year or two at least.

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