cmaiolino 6 months ago
Haifu Whale III (Purple Sponge) Factory Tuned
I'm using this rubber combined with a Galaxy (YINHE) J-1 Jpen blade.
This is my favorite rubber so far, but because I like to play with chinese rubbers, instead of european/japanese rubbers.
IMHO, it adds a lot of flexibility when combined with a soft blade. It's possible add a lot of speed to the ball, and a heavy spin too.
This rubber is heavy, so, requires a lightweight blade
Combining it with fast blades isn't a good idea IMHO too. The ball will become really fast and control will be reduced a lot.
This is one of those rubbers which 'punishes' bad technique, so I think it's a great rubber too if you want to spot your technique flaws and improve your game. Or not rubber I'd recommend to somebody who just wants to play and not really practice/train, because lack of technique will make you commit many unforced errors.
Comparing it with euro/jap rubbers, I think the biggest difference here, will be the lack of 'catapult' effect (or whatever it's called, I'm not much attached to tech terms) in this one. The ball doesn't leave the rubber 'easily', so it requires technique + stronger shots to produce speed. Mostly because its tackiness I think, which, although reducing the initial acceleration, it adds great dwell time.
A good example, that I notice is, if the ball is slow, you'd need to put more force on the ball, or you will hit the net (my first few hours with this rubber, sent a lot of ball to the net), but returning faster balls is easier, so, it's nice for blocking too.
Looping is ok too, but you really need to apply more force if you are far away from the table and/or the ball is slow.
This rubber can create insanely fast and spiny balls, but it really requires good technique for such.
My only problem with this rubber so far is its weight. It's really heavy, so my arm gets really tired after 2 hours of training. The fact you need a good technique to play with this rubber is not really a problem imho, I like the way this rubber makes me focus on my technique.