Hybrid rubbers how close to Tacky Chinese or Grippy ESN spring sponge?

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So, I was thinking that a list of Hybrid rubbers and where they sit in relation to Chinese tacky rubbers (CTR’s) at one end of the scale and grippy ESN/Spring sponges at the other end would be a good idea.
criteria such as amount of bounce, tackiness, general feel etc

This would give an insight to someone thinking of changing from one to the other!!
There’s a good few rubbers that I haven’t used, it’s a pretty short list!!! so feel free to add to the list.

top of the list is close to CTR’s bottom closer to ESN/SS


Victas Triple Double Extra
Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo Blue
Tibhar K2
Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo Orange
Joola Golden Tango
Xiom Tau2
Loki Arthur Asia
Loki Arthur Europe
Victas Triple Extra
Joola Golden Tango PS
Yasaka Rakza Z
Stiga DNA Dragon Grip
BTY SpinArt
Donic Bluegrip V1
Nittaku PK50
Victas 07 Sticky Extra
Tibhar K1 (series)
Donic Bluegrip C2
Andro C53
Xiom Omega 7 China Guang & Ying
Gewo Codexx EL Pro 52
Tibhar K3
J&H Z52
BTY D09C

Should BTY Aibiss be added? I’m not totally sure!! Some people say it has a spring sponge, but a BTY list that I looked at showing type of sponge didn’t list Aibiss sponge as a Spring Sponge. It sure doesn’t play like it has a spring sponge!! I feel that it’s BTY attempt at H3 .

If you think I’ve got a rubber (or some rubbers!!) in the wrong place then swap around!! It will be interesting to see how people’s take on this varies!!
 
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So, I was thinking that a list of Hybrid rubbers and where they sit in relation to Chinese tacky rubbers (CTR’s) at one end of the scale and grippy ESN/Spring sponges at the other end would be a good idea.
criteria such as amount of bounce, tackiness, general feel etc

This would give an insight to someone thinking of changing from one to the other!!
There’s a good few rubbers that I haven’t used, it’s a pretty short list!!! so feel free to add to the list.

top of the list is close to CTR’s bottom closer to ESN/SS

Xiom Tau 2
Joola Golden Tango
Joola Golden Tango PS
Yasaka Rakza Z
BTY SpinArt
Donic Bluegrip V1
Donic Bluegrip C2
BTY D09C

Should BTY Aibiss be added? I’m not totally sure!! Some people say it has a spring sponge, but a BTY list that I looked at showing type of sponge didn’t list Aibiss sponge as a Spring Sponge. It sure doesn’t play like it has a spring sponge!! I feel that it’s BTY attempt at H3 .

If you think I’ve got a rubber (or some rubbers!!) in the wrong place then swap around!! It will be interesting to see how people’s take on this varies!!

AIBISS is like a chinese rubber but it's sponge is much harder than h3 41 degrees or D09c.

 
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So, I was thinking that a list of Hybrid rubbers and where they sit in relation to Chinese tacky rubbers (CTR’s) at one end of the scale and grippy ESN/Spring sponges at the other end would be a good idea.
criteria such as amount of bounce, tackiness, general feel etc

This would give an insight to someone thinking of changing from one to the other!!
There’s a good few rubbers that I haven’t used, it’s a pretty short list!!! so feel free to add to the list.

top of the list is close to CTR’s bottom closer to ESN/SS

Xiom Tau 2
Joola Golden Tango
Joola Golden Tango PS
Yasaka Rakza Z
BTY SpinArt
Donic Bluegrip V1
Donic Bluegrip C2
BTY D09C

Should BTY Aibiss be added? I’m not totally sure!! Some people say it has a spring sponge, but a BTY list that I looked at showing type of sponge didn’t list Aibiss sponge as a Spring Sponge. It sure doesn’t play like it has a spring sponge!! I feel that it’s BTY attempt at H3 .

If you think I’ve got a rubber (or some rubbers!!) in the wrong place then swap around!! It will be interesting to see how people’s take on this varies!!

Omega 7 China Guang and Ying. There are other brands releasing their tacky rubbers this year.

 
Would you consider DHS Skyline 3-60 or Hurricane 3-50 in this category?

Or are those sponges not springy enough?
nope they are inferior if compared to euro sponges unless boosted.

 
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Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue
Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Orange
Nittaku Sieger PK50
Victas Triple Regular (42.5°)
Victas Triple Extra (55° japan standard)
Victas Triple Double Extra (57.5°)

The Victas series is named from the TSP Triple series tacky rubbers, but the blue sponge is a new Victas made, and the topsheet is made in China.
 
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Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Blue
Nittaku Hurricane Pro III Turbo Orange
Nittaku Sieger PK50
Victas Triple Regular (42.5°)
Victas Triple Extra (55° japan standard)
Victas Triple Double Extra (57.5°)

The Victas series is named from the TSP Triple series tacky rubbers, but the blue sponge is a new Victas made, and the topsheet is made in China.

I gave the Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo orange a try and it was different to Std H3, but was still pretty 'dead' feeling, No experience with the Turbo Blue, i would probably put the pair of them with likes of H3-50/H3-60 etc?? Sponge not enough ESN/Spring sponge qualities ??

Has the Victas / TSP merge gone through completely?

So the Victas 'Triple' series, is this a totally new top sheet and new sponge? or retaining old TSP Triple series top sheet? is it available??

cheers,

 
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KTL rapid speed is hybrid (and cheap) , the sponge is like european rubber but the topsheet is tacky!
 
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I gave the Nittaku Hurricane Pro 3 Turbo orange a try and it was different to Std H3, but was still pretty 'dead' feeling, No experience with the Turbo Blue, i would probably put the pair of them with likes of H3-50/H3-60 etc?? Sponge not enough ESN/Spring sponge qualities ??Has the Victas / TSP merge gone through completely?So the Victas 'Triple' series, is this a totally new top sheet and new sponge? or retaining old TSP Triple series top sheet? is it available??cheers,

This Triple series seems to be made with a new recipe. It´s the most tackiest I´ve ever seen. Gonna try it soon.Is VICTAS TRIPLE DOUBLE EXTRA tacky? - YouTube

 
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I think this list should only contain Euro/Jap/Korean hybrid rubbers, because the number Chinese hybrids is really endless (Friendship, Tuttle, KTL, Yinhe etc.).


Tibhar K1/K2/ K1 Plus/ K1 Pro[h1] [/h1]

Hi MK,

Having never tried K1/K2 etc, do you have any thoughts to where they would sit in the list?

 
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I have only played with D09c and Rakza Z from your list. To me, Rakza Z felt soft and bouncy. Good, but very similar to other ESN products. I would consider Rakza Z as a backhand rubber. The hardness of D09c makes it a lot more similar to Chinese tacky rubber imo.
Hi Sam,

I can see where you are coming from!!!

I thought Rakza Z had more tackiness and slightly less bounce. Any tackiness wears off pretty quick with both, but my sheets of Rakza Z had a longer lasting tackiness.
The D09C I used to have had the 1.9mm sponge, having just tried T05 / T19 In 1.9mm as well I thought the top sheets had a similar hardness, maybe D09C was a tad softer than T05 / T19. All 3 are probably harder than Rakza Z,
Theres also ‘straight out of the package’ feeling and characteristics and ‘played in’ feeling and characteristics to take into account !!! So it’s not a straight forward list as to where certain rubbers should sit within the list !! It would be easy to swap rubbers around!! And looking at the list Rakza Z is probably a little too close to the CTR end, it could easily be next to D09C !!

 
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Hi MK,

Having never tried K1/K2 etc, do you have any thoughts to where they would sit in the list?

I can't because I haven't tried the other rubbers in your list. I have only tested the K1 Pro. What I can say is that it has a 52 deg sponge and a very soft and tacky top sheet. The sponge is dynamic and bouncy, which I didn't like for my forehand. Its more like a Euro rubber with Chinese top sheet. I prefer rubbers with less catapult on my forehand.

 
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I can't because I haven't tried the other rubbers in your list. I have only tested the K1 Pro. What I can say is that it has a 52 deg sponge and a very soft and tacky top sheet. The sponge is dynamic and bouncy, which I didn't like for my forehand. Its more like a Euro rubber with Chinese top sheet. I prefer rubbers with less catapult on my forehand.

Hi MK,

from what you’ve said, looks like the K1/K2 could sit up with the Bluegrips ?

 
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No experience with the Turbo Blue, i would probably put the pair of them with likes of H3-50/H3-60 etc??

No, Nittaku Hurricane Turbo Blue has to go next to Tau II. It has been very positively reviewed by Patrick on the TT11 blog. One of the rubbers I will deffo try once we're allowed to play again. The organge one is softer.
 
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