General rule of thumb is, you need to work harder for hard sponge.
easier to use soft sponge
And yes, boosting a hard sponge, to make it softer, is easier to use
Hybrid is the same theory in terms of softer sponge.
The tackier topsheet (and harder sponge) does allow for easier use for touch play, or what I like to call short game.
However, blade has a very important role to play in short game.
So, having said that, Ricospin, I wonder how much of an issue you have with a "bouncy" rubber, or too fast of a blade.