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      Slower tensor/tensor-like rubbers?

      We've all heard of MX-P, Rasanter and Tenergy. These are high-end fast rubbers that many professionals use. However, recently I've been wondering whether using Rasanter R47 has detrimentally affected my game as the rubber is quite fast and I sometimes find myself not swinging fully on shots as I'm afraid I'm going to overshoot the table due to the speed.

      So I was trying to think of the "slower" tensor and tensor-like (high tension?) rubbers on the market and I could only think of a few: such as Andro Hexer.

      I was hoping the community here could help me build a list of slower, more forgiving (and hopefully cheaper!) rubbers that I should consider.
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      Did you even try just the thinner sponged versions?

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      Acuda P2 is really easy to play with.
      I don't see it being recommended here though, don't know why.
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      Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear View Post
      Did you even try just the thinner sponged versions?
      Good point - I have not. I'll also consider that.

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      I am playing with Nittaku Fastarc G-1 on the backhand because I wanted something more controllable and forgiving than Tenergy. So far it has worked out well. And when you really cut loose it has plenty of spin and speed.

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      Of course it depends on how much more controllable you are talking about.

      Xiom Vega Pro is more controllable than the rubbers you listed.

      Xiom Intro is more toned down than Vega Pro.

      Nexy Karis M is an excellent toned down rubber. Very linear. It is actually a little like Vega Pro but more controllable.

      But Mark V which is a classic rubber, not a rubber that tries to simulate the speed glue effect ("tensioned") and it would also probably be good. I have seen guys who used Mark V till way late in their development and still spin the hell out of the ball.
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      Control is a relative thing and task-oriented. Some rubbers of a similar top end are crappy at one thing that a same class rubber is great at.

      Some factors to look at...

      Topsheet - Is it hard, is it supple? Is it thin? Is it easy to penetrate or wrap? Pip structure is a huge factor too T25 sux rox while T05 has ben a standard over a decade running.

      Sponge - hardness/softness/catapult or not

      Overall combo - is it more high arcing, or low

      Players need to discover whether they want dynamic, half dynamic, linear, har/med/soft sponge for the shots they do the most.

      A low throw fast rubber is GREAT for counter-ripping an incoming loop, but it sucks at opening loops and medium loops.

      A linear rubber is great at blocking, countering, and the low to medium force shots, but for openers, you gotta work harder than a modern dynamic, for finishes you gotta work harder too... could be bad or good depending.

      A modern dynamic high arcing rubber combo is great for heavy spin and for control counter-topspin with the right grip.
      Discovering the sponge hardness for the type of player's impact is very important, has a direct impact on the outcome.

      So... the answer isn't so easy.

      Overall, I would say if the player is a topspinner, go for Vega Pro and soften it up if it is too hard (but it really isn't that firm a rubber)

      if you like linear, go for Karis. Nexy is about to put MX-K on the Korean market - the Karis kind of topspheet with the dynamic sponge of MX-P... that might be another animal as well.
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      Quote Originally Posted by anjoooo View Post
      I sometimes find myself not swinging fully on shots as I'm afraid I'm going to overshoot the table due to the speed.
      That does sound like a compelling argument for toning down a bit.

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      Quote Originally Posted by anjoooo View Post
      We've all heard of MX-P, Rasanter and Tenergy. These are high-end fast rubbers that many professionals use. However, recently I've been wondering whether using Rasanter R47 has detrimentally affected my game as the rubber is quite fast and I sometimes find myself not swinging fully on shots as I'm afraid I'm going to overshoot the table due to the speed.

      So I was trying to think of the "slower" tensor and tensor-like (high tension?) rubbers on the market and I could only think of a few: such as Andro Hexer.

      I was hoping the community here could help me build a list of slower, more forgiving (and hopefully cheaper!) rubbers that I should consider.

      What is your Andro Temper Tech - the hard and stiff OFF, or the softer and more flexy Hinoki outer ply All+?
      I tend to say its the OFF, and if so, it may be a better idea to step back to a softer and more flexy blade.
      If its the Hinoki All+, then the matter is much more on the technique side.
      In both cases you should analyze and find out the real problems. Sometimes the "too fast feel" is not a real speed, but just a technique problem.
      As Der_Echte explained above, the answer is impossible without knowing the exact problem.
      Speaking just generally the thread would list tenths of really good rubbers, but at the end it may be of no help at all.

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      A 2.0 or1. 9mm mxp would be controllable but still maintain a good amount of spin.

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      you can try something like AK47 Red or Hadou

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      Stiga Genesis M, the original version. I find it to be a bit slower than Fastarc G1, Rakza 7, Bluefire M2, etc... It is a little slower with more control and a good amount of spin. I really like playing with it, but I find it a little to slow, so I am more of a Fastarc G1 user now.

      The AK47 rubbers are a bit faster than the Genesis as well. IMO Hadou 40+ is good, but a little on the heavy side.
      I have only been playing for about a year, so please take that into consideration when considering any advice I try to give you. Thanks.

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      If you like R47 but think it's too fast, why not go for the R42 or Vega Europe?

      If you find those to be too soft, then a 45 deg rubber like Rozena.

      Vega Pro and Rakza 7 are also good ones at 47.5 deg.

      It's important to keep in mind all the elements of a rubber/sponge/effects Der_Echte mentioned. Although, in order to tell the differences, you've got to try a lot of rubbers. A good way to find what suits you is to try other players' equipment.
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      Quote Originally Posted by thomas.pong View Post
      in order to tell the differences, you've got to try a lot of rubbers.
      ...and you'll always remain haunted, because there just might always be a better one right behind the next corner. :-)

      My humble advice is not to overthink and overexperiment, and lagom out at some point. Preferredly sooner than later.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Der_Echte View Post
      Control is a relative thing and task-oriented. Some rubbers of a similar top end are crappy at one thing that a same class rubber is great at.

      Some factors to look at...

      Topsheet - Is it hard, is it supple? Is it thin? Is it easy to penetrate or wrap? Pip structure is a huge factor too T25 sux rox while T05 has ben a standard over a decade running.

      Sponge - hardness/softness/catapult or not

      Overall combo - is it more high arcing, or low

      Players need to discover whether they want dynamic, half dynamic, linear, har/med/soft sponge for the shots they do the most.

      A low throw fast rubber is GREAT for counter-ripping an incoming loop, but it sucks at opening loops and medium loops.

      A linear rubber is great at blocking, countering, and the low to medium force shots, but for openers, you gotta work harder than a modern dynamic, for finishes you gotta work harder too... could be bad or good depending.

      A modern dynamic high arcing rubber combo is great for heavy spin and for control counter-topspin with the right grip.
      Discovering the sponge hardness for the type of player's impact is very important, has a direct impact on the outcome.

      So... the answer isn't so easy.

      Overall, I would say if the player is a topspinner, go for Vega Pro and soften it up if it is too hard (but it really isn't that firm a rubber)

      if you like linear, go for Karis. Nexy is about to put MX-K on the Korean market - the Karis kind of topspheet with the dynamic sponge of MX-P... that might be another animal as well.
      Very useful post, thanks It's not very often that we have a description of a category of rubbers and for what kind of play it is good. If one day you feel like giving more details on it, it would be great. Maybe it's a lot of work and it could be done collaboratively and sticked to the main page ? Easy to say, i know

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      I'd get r47 with a thinner sponge if I were you, it might be the best solution to your problem, as you don't need to spend time and resources tryinf (and getting used to) a new rubber.

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      Slower tensor/tensor-like rubbers?

      I thought Rakza 7 was a nice controllable tensor, but I’ve recently been swooned by Nittaku FastArc g-1 which is a tad slower than Rakza but has a bit more spin with my strokes.

      I’ll take that bit if extra control and safety on my backhand any day!

      That said, I’ve tried Xiom Vega Pro Asia (or japan...I can’t remember) and I thought that was a very direct but controllable tensor. Probably a bit slower than G1.

      My style: offensive penholder utilizing reverse penhold backhand (my tensor side). My BH flicks tend to be loopy/spinny, and my top spin to top spin rallies tend to have more of a drive-loop stroke. All depending on the given ball, of course...


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      Quote Originally Posted by Der_Echte View Post
      Control is a relative thing and task-oriented.
      This is a central statement.

      But still even manufacturers print diagrams on blades where increasing speed means decreasing control. Bit too simple ...

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      Quote Originally Posted by langel View Post
      What is your Andro Temper Tech - the hard and stiff OFF, or the softer and more flexy Hinoki outer ply All+?
      I tend to say its the OFF, and if so, it may be a better idea to step back to a softer and more flexy blade.
      If its the Hinoki All+, then the matter is much more on the technique side.
      In both cases you should analyze and find out the real problems. Sometimes the "too fast feel" is not a real speed, but just a technique problem.
      As Der_Echte explained above, the answer is impossible without knowing the exact problem.
      Speaking just generally the thread would list tenths of really good rubbers, but at the end it may be of no help at all.
      Yes it's the stiffer Temper Tech OFF. It's quite fast. I have actually been entertaining the idea is stepping down to perhaps an OFF- blade or maybe an OFF blade with more flex. Thanks for reinforcing that idea.

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      Quote Originally Posted by darkmoor1 View Post
      I'd get r47 with a thinner sponge if I were you, it might be the best solution to your problem, as you don't need to spend time and resources tryinf (and getting used to) a new rubber.
      Good point. I've been thinking about the R37 and R42 as well. What do you think of that idea?

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