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    Tuesday evening I played with Tau 2 on a Primorac all wood blade for a 1 hr practice session with our coach.
    I got on very well with this set up, found it easy to use after mainly using Acoustic inner with Rakza Z recently.
    Topspin was pretty consistent and heavy spin, the ball is really dragged down onto the table, not many balls went long. Speed is generally faster than H3N but not vastly faster.
    Throw angle seemed to be (for me) medium-ish, nowhere as high as Rakza Z, similar to H3N.
    Short game control is great, pushes with high back spin without really trying, we were doing some short serve, short push return, 3rd ball short push 4th ball long push to either BH/FH and then topspin v backspin open up or if possible close to the table loop kill against the long push.
    many short push errors were made by coach!! There was a little more backspin on the ball than he was expecting during serve return and long push!!
    My FH topspin open ups were good, fairly tight to net and good spin, I found I could really control angles very well and place the ball where I wanted (considering my level of play) I think that this was the reason I put a good number of balls past the coach, some strong angles cross table.
    Tau 2 feels softer than H3N, harder than Rakza Z
    Blocking was very good as well, when blocking coaches topspin and loops my returns were pretty consistent and precise.
    One thing I noticed is that when we were warming up FH topspin, the ball sometimes felt like it ‘fell’ of the rubber straight into the net, more likely my poor stroke causes this, happens with H3N as well, but way less with Rakza Z and for me ESN / Spring sponge rubbers, that bit of extra bounce takes the ball over more.

    Tau 2 is pretty close to H3N as far as general characteristics are concerned, but more bounce and speed, less tackiness (slightly).
    so if you want a close alternative to a tacky Chinese rubber then this could be the one for you!!
    Very nice rubber, worth the wait getting it!!! shame it’s not readily available in Europe, it should be, listen up Xiom!! (Ditto Ying and Guang rubbers!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IB66
    Tuesday evening I played with Tau 2 on a Primorac all wood blade for a 1 hr practice session with our coach.
    I got on very well with this set up, found it easy to use after mainly using Acoustic inner with Rakza Z recently.
    Topspin was pretty consistent and heavy spin, the ball is really dragged down onto the table, not many balls went long. Speed is generally faster than H3N but not vastly faster.
    Throw angle seemed to be (for me) medium-ish, nowhere as high as Rakza Z, similar to H3N.
    Short game control is great, pushes with high back spin without really trying, we were doing some short serve, short push return, 3rd ball short push 4th ball long push to either BH/FH and then topspin v backspin open up or if possible close to the table loop kill against the long push.
    many short push errors were made by coach!! There was a little more backspin on the ball than he was expecting during serve return and long push!!
    My FH topspin open ups were good, fairly tight to net and good spin, I found I could really control angles very well and place the ball where I wanted (considering my level of play) I think that this was the reason I put a good number of balls past the coach, some strong angles cross table.
    Tau 2 feels softer than H3N, harder than Rakza Z
    Blocking was very good as well, when blocking coaches topspin and loops my returns were pretty consistent and precise.
    One thing I noticed is that when we were warming up FH topspin, the ball sometimes felt like it ‘fell’ of the rubber straight into the net, more likely my poor stroke causes this, happens with H3N as well, but way less with Rakza Z and for me ESN / Spring sponge rubbers, that bit of extra bounce takes the ball over more.

    Tau 2 is pretty close to H3N as far as general characteristics are concerned, but more bounce and speed, less tackiness (slightly).
    so if you want a close alternative to a tacky Chinese rubber then this could be the one for you!!
    Very nice rubber, worth the wait getting it!!! shame it’s not readily available in Europe, it should be, listen up Xiom!! (Ditto Ying and Guang rubbers!!)

    glad you like it. try brushing the more ball more and engage the sponge more with a more forward motion at at 30 degree angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear

    glad you like it. try brushing the more ball more and engage the sponge more with a more forward motion at at 30 degree angle.

    how would it compare to the Vega Japan for the backhand side?

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    how would it compare to the Vega Japan for the backhand side?

    I do not recommend both for backhand since both are tacky and very hard. Tau II is harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear

    I do not recommend both for backhand since both are tacky and very hard. Tau II is harder.

    what do you recommend as BH on the Xiom lineup?

    oh that is why I'm having a bit of errors on my BH lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by tt_beginner
    what do you recommend as BH on the Xiom lineup?

    oh that is why I'm having a bit of errors on my BH lol

    Vega Pro or Vega Japan 2.0mm

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    #67
    Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear

    Vega Pro or Vega Japan 2.0mm

    what do you think about using the Omega V Pro as BH

    also I'm still amazed even after 5 months or so , my Tau 2 is still able to pick up a ball for a few seconds

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    DHS no 15 is also a very strong glue, and when used in a number of layers forms a thick very ‘rubbery’ layer. Which is something some players really like, but I’ve found it to be a ‘pig’ to remove!!
    Same with Stiga Attach Power Glue, strong, but hard to peel. I'm now trying 2 layers of Revolution No 3 on sponge and 1 layer of Stiga Attach Power Glue on blade (and booster directly on sponge (tip from Tango K)). Curious how the peeling will be...

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    Same with Stiga Attach Power Glue, strong, but hard to peel. I'm now trying 2 layers of Revolution No 3 on sponge and 1 layer of Stiga Attach Power Glue on blade (and booster directly on sponge (tip from Tango K)). Curious how the peeling will be...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tt_beginner
    what do you think about using the Omega V Pro as BH

    also I'm still amazed even after 5 months or so , my Tau 2 is still able to pick up a ball for a few seconds

    Omega V Pro is faster by a good margin vs Tau II. These rubbers are apples and oranges difference.

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