Woo on 6/23/2010
Very good quality on these rubbers, very durable.
Smashes, flathits and powerful drives are excellent with this rubber, if yet, difficult to master. With the very low throw of these rubbers u have to really swing fast to make sure the ball does not end up in the net. When u do however hit ur shots correctly u are rewarded with extreme speed for smashes and extreme speed and spin for drives. Very nice arc aswell. When u drive, be sure to make heavy use of the sponge and use ur wrist alot. Speed 10, spin 9.
Quite outstanding flicks aswell, a joy to flick with.
This rubber also blocks well (or maybe excellent (im not an expert on blocks)).
Ive used these rubbers on a Stiga Tube Offensive, which is a very good blade, quite stiff and hard, and it worked really well. Only thing is i hit the edges too often. I will try a Stiga Offensive Oversize later.
Defensive play is much tougher. When I was new to these rubbers, control for me was like 1-5. Ive used these rubbers now for several years and as u get used to them, the control for me is now more like 6-9. So I rated control at 6.
Pushing with spin is not good with this rubber, but u can always just put the ball back over the net with placement.
Chops are very difficult to control, but when u do get them right they are very spinny and hard to return well.
Service is not excellent, but quite good if u work at it. Can produce quite spinny serves.
The thing I really miss when using these rubbers is brush looping, especially brush looping using only the top sheet, u can almost forget about that with these rubbers. U have to use the sponge more or less when looping with this rubber. Normal slow loops are not very good either.
Opening loops over the table are surprisingly good though, i mean, not excellent but surprisingly good.
For offensive play i like this rubber very much in 2.1 on my backhand for flicks, smashes and loops/drives. Its Great.
The same goes for forehand, excellent offensive shots.
However I find this rubber way too static on my forehand, even in 1.8. I miss the brush loops.
I cant see why other reviewers have rated this rubber to have many gears. The only gears I have found that is worth buying the rubber for is: (1) maximum speed on smashes (2) maximum speed and spin on powerdrives (3) Great flicks. And perhaps (4) Good enough opening loops.
Im gonna go back to non-tensor on my forehand, i think ill even try something a bit tacky, like lkt red diamond, cream transcend, gambler shadow etc.
Besides i think ill try something cheaper on my backhand as well, prolly the dawei insprit series rubbers (from colestt). Maybe also palio macro era. But when my curiosity for other rubbers wear off and my wallet improves I think Ill go back to this one.
PS This is definitely a Tensor rubber. On the specs from manufactor (on this page) it says its not a Tensor. That should be changed DS
foz on 1/9/2010
one of the 1st real successful tensor rubbers, if you dont want to pay a fortune for a new generation rubber such as tenergy or boost, then dont be afraid to try this one. i used it for 3 years for a drive loop smash game and swore i would never change until i moved to a spinnier approach which called for a softer sponge, if you want top speed and spin with consistancy, put it on a carbon frame and be impressed !
Anonymous on 12/2/2009
fastest rubber ever made it is very springy and spinnie much faster and more spin than tenergy!!!!!
zxc on 5/29/2009
Close to the table play, especially touch shots, are difficult to control, but it's a reasonable rubber for pushing. Quite good for loops a few steps away from the table due to its speed, and it's spinny (not especially spinny for serves however). Not very durable, but I've taken good care of it and it's been fine for 1.5 yrs now (getting harder to control however).
It seems to be better for driving on the BH, but it may be my technique. Hard to control but very fast.