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    Advice on backhand rubber

    I was playing with a bluefire m2 and I felt it was very soft so I switched to a vega x but now I feel I am just playing with the rubber and not the blade just feel the ball bouncing out of the paddle I really liked playing with a rakza x but I dont know if its the right decision, because I dont want to expend a ton of money and regret

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyyT
    I was playing with a bluefire m2 and I felt it was very soft so I switched to a vega x but now I feel I am just playing with the rubber and not the blade just feel the ball bouncing out of the paddle I really liked playing with a rakza x but I dont know if its the right decision, because I dont want to expend a ton of money and regret
    Hi, if you liked the behaviour of M2 you could try M1. Donic states that has the same topsheet with long and narrow pimples, and the same open pored sponge with only difference the hardness. The M2 has 45 degrees while M1 has 47,5. That could solve your soft feeling problem.

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    If you like Rakza X, you can often find it for around $35 which is not bad.

    If you want a 45 degree rubber without the mushiness of say M2, Vega Japan or Fastarc C1 are very good.

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    Yeah Vega Japan is good. Rakza X is also awesome.

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    im using Vega Japan for BH, it is pretty good, relatively cheap,spinny as well, my BH serve is hard to return according to my opponents and I'm new to tt lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyyT
    I was playing with a bluefire m2 and I felt it was very soft so I switched to a vega x but now I feel I am just playing with the rubber and not the blade just feel the ball bouncing out of the paddle I really liked playing with a rakza x but I dont know if its the right decision, because I dont want to expend a ton of money and regret
    I can tell you this. AFTER the WORLD'S LARGEST EJ (TTD member erm) had me try out almost every rubber on the planet, I discovered that even a soft rubber gave me a little higher landing percentage and I could still absolutely BANG IT when close to the table.

    One does not need a rock hard missile launcher to launch missiles and still have them land on target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyyT
    I was playing with a bluefire m2 and I felt it was very soft so I switched to a vega x but now I feel I am just playing with the rubber and not the blade just feel the ball bouncing out of the paddle I really liked playing with a rakza x but I dont know if its the right decision, because I dont want to expend a ton of money and regret
    Did switch the rubber at the same time as the blade?

    PS: I really like Donic Bluefire for how easy they are to use. Closest one to it might actually be Palio AK47. Bluefires I used had weird matte topsheet. They were spin insensitive but they could provide decent amount of spin and speed. If that does match your feeling of bluefires you know (one I used were kind of old and maybe they were just oxidized a bit) then a harder bluefire might be your best bet.
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    It doesn't feel soft it feel mushy like playing an soft sponge on a soft hinoki wood

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    If you want a harder rubber, perhaps try a Bluefire M1/M1 turbo with 1.8mm thickness or 2.0mm so you can still feel the wood

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    I bet if the makers of Angry Birds contracted to have some TT rubbers made, with the right marketing, it would take off like a rocket.

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