Butterfly Feint Long 3
Review of Butterfly Feint Long 3High priced (at least in Europe) but also high quality rubber.
You could say there is nothing very special about it. I just like it because I can't notice any disadvantage. Reliable LP with good control. Yet, some (esp. close to the table) players may feel to be more "vulnerable" to opponent's spin - related to other Long Pips.
If you want to play aggressively you might give Feint long 2 a try - I think it is more dangerous than this one.
However, I stick to Feint long 3 because of it's good control.
Oct 29, 2015
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Dr. Neubauer Gangster
Review of Dr. Neubauer GangsterBrand new pips out of June/2017. Played OX (without sponge).
Defenitely not made for choppers! But suitable for passive play close to the table. Occasionally, you can smash and counter attack with ease when your opponent returns too short.
Blocking close to the table comes along with disturbing effect and should work out best, here the "Gangster" excels. But blocking should be done passively(!) and - IMO only(!) - passively. Apart from that I have NOT been able to chop block (not with any control) against topspin as description of manufacturer tells you. (Perhaps I have deficit in my technique. ^^)
Ball should be met frontal most of the time, because then it's quite easy to play.
Brushing the ball lacks of control and precision.
Conclusion: You can (and perhaps even: should) give this one a try when you are looking for disturbing effects close to the table more than ball placement and chopping. Or referring to the name: you have to play a dirty game, not to play a solid game. ;)
Additional note: The rubber sheet (not the sponge) is ultra-thin/sheer. You have to be very careful in gluing it OX to the racket (I was able to do, but it is tricky) and the rubber is crappy to reglue (I wasn't able to) when you unfix it ONCE.
Nov 30, 2017
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