Friendship/729 Battle I
Review of Friendship/729 Battle IThis rubbers is so nice, I was inspired to finally write a review here after a year of lurking because this is. Very good value rubber!
Plays as well as any ESN, but is not quite as fast, and generally much more forgiving. I have both RED and BLACK MAX. on a Zhang Jike Carbon T5000 OFF blade.
Lots of gears, not too springy. I was surprised by the high throw...which I like for topspin play. Coming from Tenergy 05, battle has a higher throw, and almost as much spin, without being as sensitive to spin.
Great, satisfying click sound! Comparing to Tenergy 05, lifting underspin is more forgiving due to lower speed and bounciness. Service is very spinny. Blocks are amazing, but if you are coming from low throw rubbers you will need adjustment to close your bat angle. (Of course, there's always adjustment when changing to a new rubber) Backhand flicks are great, especially vs. underspin. I tried both colors on the forehand and backhand same bat, and noted the red to be slightly spinnier and slightly higher throw, however the differences are almost negligible, and had I not be looking for it, I might not have noticed.
Take home message:
This is a very good rubber... period, regardless of price/value. If using expensive tensors and you want more user-friendly play, this is it. However there is no reason one couldn't play this to advanced/elite levels. My coach, chinese jr team 2400 USATT Tenergy user loves this. The price is just the icing on the cake.
May 15, 2015
TSP Triple Spin Chop
Review of TSP Triple Spin ChopThis rubber does exactly what it is meant for, chops like a dream designed for Classical Defensive Chopping. If people perceive it as fast, it's because the thin sponge allows the ball to penetrate to the wood giving it rebound. Therefore, that speed is very blade-dependent. It will seem fast on a Joo blade, and slow on a Defplay. In actuality, the rubber itself is VERY slow, and has a butter-soft, absorbing type of sponge. To loop, one has to really brush or skim the ball to avoid the sponge bottoming out. Driving, counter-looping, and power-looping is NOT what this is for, rather chopping and more chopping, and chop-blocking, and...oh by the way...chopping. Pushes are deadly and controlled like darts.
Service is amazing, very spinny, but slow.
Opening loops are great because typically there isn't much force to cause the rubber to bottom out.
Flicking is VERY easy. All thin sponged rubbers flick well, typically.
Best short game rubber.
For choppers, this rubber works well along with sponged Long Pips, and if you twiddle, the feeling of the rubber is not much different than the LPs, unlike thicker types of inverted rubbers.
It fishes okay, but far different racket angle is required because the sponge is so thin.
IF you really want see how this rubber is meant to be used, watch the last remaining professional Classic Chopper Evgueni Chtchetinine, and how he uses it. He has the most amazing side-spin FH chop you'll ever see.
Aug 18, 2016
Xiom Omega IV Asia
Review of Xiom Omega IV AsiaThis rubber is one I often return to. Blocks amazingly with speed. The speed is incredible when powerlooping or drive looping, the hard sponge engages with speed. In this way it feels like Tenergy 64. However, the grip is amazing on the top sheet and the spin is immense. For slow spinny loops and brush looping, this rubber feels like Tenergy 05.
I play Modern Defense, and where this rubber excels is in distance pushing (Not quite a chop) and I often get netted balls due to the underspin. Full swing chops take more care due to the grip and the speed. But once you get used to it, the underspin is nuts.
My favorite stroke with this rubber is the distance guiding topspin (not quite a loop, but more of a guiding distance block). Watch Filus or Gionis play and you'll see they do this stroke often. The control on this stroke is why I choose this rubber over Tenergy 05 or 64.
To summarize, if Tenergy 05 and 64 had a baby, it would be this rubber, but with more control and far less weight.
Jun 22, 2015