Review of Friendship/729 802Red 2mm ...
Donic Defplay Senso
Chop, push, slam, smash, even loop a bit... this magic rubber can do it all!
I've experimented a bit using 802 on the forehand... absolutely loved it! Fast and lethal. Same goes for the backhand.
However, I normally use these for my defensive game. Chopping and blocking. A little more difficult to control than long pips, but the spin variation capabilities and hitting opportunities more than makeup for this "detriment" in my eyes. They even pack enough of a punch to slam a ways back from the table (not an ideal shot, admittedly, yet the potential is there).
For defense games the 2mm is probably a bit thick. I can see a thinner sponge returning dividends on the chopping game. For hitters... 2mm is great!
Great quality, dirt cheap, and durable. Laugh at your friends buying $70+ rubbers as you whip out this goofy "ten dollar sheet I just got" and proceed to blow them off the table or send their loops spiraling downward to an early grave. Muhuhaha!
Mar 07, 2013
Review of Galaxy NeptuneDear lord, what a rubber!
Getting my first gripe out of the way... my top sheet came a little separated from the 1.0mm sponge along the edge upon arrival. I slipped some rubber cement under there and used it for over 6 months without issue afterward.
TREMENDOUS CHOPPING WEAPON! You want to play a modern defense game? Interested in trying the long pip game but hesitant to spend $40 on a thin sheet of pips?
$10 or so you get a miraculously easy to use and highly effective long pip. Very novice friendly. A great introductory pip. Unless you are battling the likes of Ma Long or Zhang Jike, these should tide you over for many months or years to come.
The reversal is decent, the deception is present at times but nothing to write home about. No, no, no! The beauty of this rubber lies in its easy to use, return every GD ball hit in your general direction ability! Phenomenal control. Ripped loops can be chopped back given a decent understanding of the mechanics. For those of you struggling to keep your chops on the table, I recommend giving these a try. Backhand inverted not cutting it anymore? Too much pace for you to handle? Let these convert the spins those young punks keep blasting you with and turn the tides of battle just like Neptune himself would do!
I laughed like a school girl watching my opponents send chop after chop into the net, their puzzled faces wondering what in the hell happened!
Blocking is good. This long pip removes MUCH of the pace while providing a moderate float effect.
Hitting is difficult but doable.
This should be your first choice if you plan on chopping your opponent's attacks back with EVER increasing spin until they're blue in the face.
Mar 07, 2013
Review of JOOLA OctopusThe users have rated this rubber's spin rating as 7.3...!?
Seems a bit overzealous, especially for a long pip. I will grant that this rubber is fairly spinny for an LP, though compared to other pips it is nowhere close to their spin levels! 802-40 is rated at a 7.6 spin according to reviewers on this website...
That is tremendously more spinny than the octopus! Not even a shred of comparison there. Octopus is rated perhaps at a 4/10 for spin when set next to other pips. For those that like to play a close to the table blocking game, relying on reversal, this isn't the best rubber for you. It does grip the ball quite a bit in contrast to something like a Grass D.techs OX sheet. It can block, as it is fairly slow overall. But I'd suggest a chopping or even a hitting game with this rubber, before recommending it as a chop-block specialist.
How someone can say this has "good" reversal seems quite ridiculous! All one has to do is put on a sheet of d.techs, hallmark phoenix, or even a yinhe neptune and see that the octopus' reversal is comically low! Even Liu Song (who they claim helped develop this) was using Bomb Talent OX for his pips.
May 11, 2016
JOOLA Express Ultra
Review of JOOLA Express UltraIt's comical that these pips are rated as the most 'deceptive' ones on this site... laughable! Hah! Hah!
Can someone please tell me what about these pips is deceptive? They are spinny short pips -- you can loop, chop, and smash all fairly well with a lot of speed. In fact, they seem to have even more spin than some inverted I've used!
How on earth these have a deception rating of 8+ is nonsense! The only thing deceptive about them is how much spin you can impart for them being a short pip! Great stuff for those power players. If you like to smash most of the time but still want an ability to loop and play all the inverted strokes (less effectively, mind you but doable), then give these a go!
Aug 30, 2016
JOOLA Badman Reloaded
Review of JOOLA Badman ReloadedLooking at this rubber's stats, it just goes to show you how skewed and inaccurate the rating system here is on ttdb! Somehow this long pip is listed as the spinniest long pips, yet also rated as an 8.9 for reversal!? Two mutually exclusive attributes both being listed as high... hmm! Anyway, these pips are not very grippy at all. They are quite similar to d.techs in nature. Relatively good reversal, pretty speedy but with good control. You cannot generate much of your own spin with these, so chopping is reliant on reversal or sending back low-spin or dead ball returns. Badman works great for push-blocking and staying near the table. Due to the lack of grip and inability to really impart much spin, I can't say it's the best for long distance chopping. Perhaps chop blocking and blocking close to the table, though. Very high quality product with an easy to apply glue-sheet already attached. I do think it's overpriced as far as pips go. Nearly as much as a sheet of tenergy! I haven't found anything better for a close to the table blocking/push blocking game of control. It's not the deadliest, but it is consistent and fairly easy to use. Chops go back with low arcs and quite a bit of speed in OX. I found that doing fast chops in difficult angles proved effective, in comparison to the slow floaty sort that give opponents time to move. Badman has a change of pace that makes it rough to adjust to.
The joola octopus has tons more grip/spin and would work much better as a chopping rubber from the table for reference. Not even a comparison between the two!
Nov 09, 2017