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Darker Speed 90 9mm one ply Kiso Hinoki (made in Japan)

Charbel Abou-Jawde
i have to try..I am looking for the fastest blade in this game..

DHS Hurricane 2 (NEO) - factory tuned! (legal)

David Brown
Had my second night of comp play with H2 Neo last night and all is good. very impressed and getting more impressed. My game is evolving back to hi-spin hook shots now that Neo provides the extra spin where H2 Olde was more a flat driving rubber.

Came up against one opponent with Bryce rubbers both sides and I felt H2 Neo performed just as well if not better.

Second opponent used Tenergy 64 and used it well. He beat my number 1 partner. I usually only beat this guy when he's got pneumonia. I went down in 3 straight but was competitive and felt my speed and spin off the bat matched his. Just a pity my ability didn't. The sod counter overhead smashed my chop smash from 4 metres back and got it in!!!! There should be a law against that! Chop smashes are generally un-returnable. But it was an enjoyable game.

Will try H3 Neo soon but not sure what to marry it with or what blade to use. Decisions, decisions.


Dr EVIL ox, Deceptive spin changing short pimples

David Brown
I luv Dr Evil and used it on and off for past 4 years. Often thought it was the name alone - but have never found a better pimple rubber and been there an tried a few.
- Hate long pimple. Its so negative - just block and block - boring!

I like something I can drive, loop or hook with. DrE is not that flash for loop or hook but..... drive is awesome when you drive hard and deep against chop or light top spin.

But therein lies DrE's archiles heel. Like all short pip, med pip or long pip, it struggles against good heavy fast top spin from modern rubbers. It can't reverse all the spin - so if you get an incoming hi-spun topspin hook shot, you're in deep doo-doo. Drop back and chop is about the only option and I don't like chopping. But other's do.

I used DrE as an anti-junk bat weapon. Whenever I cam across contrast bats I used DrE to give them the irates. Luved the look on their faces when I was able to DrE them. And I used to do it quite well.

I would take pity on hi-spin players and offer to swap to hi-spin bat after first game had demoralised them. They usually accepted my kind offer, and then I would outspin them with Hurricane 3.

I used DrE with no sponge on backhand side and thin sponge on forehand side. The sponge on FH allowed me to hit loop shots where previously I was unable to loop. Being a hot swapper from Hurricane 3 bat, I need some consistency on loop. DrE is very radically different to H3 hi-spin game.

Hot swapping caused me some issues. I found I could hot swap to DrE reasonably quickly but had to limit my time exposure there otherwise it upset my hi-spin game. Best to time the matches right so I finished the night on DrE - then sleep it off.

stopped using DrE around 2007 when he let me down against a similar junk bat where proponent knew how to use it. since then, I've learnt how to attack junk bats with hi-spin so haven't used DrE until.....

Last week, I made a new DrE combo bat:
- no sponge for BH side (same as before);
- Flextra on the FH side.
Have only had a short hit with to date but the theory is the loop and hi-ish-spin from Flextra should give a better impact than DrE+sponge.

DrE+sponge used to be effective and maintain a bit of deception but not as much as DrE without sponge.

More recently than last week - I'm thinking to replace the Flextra rubber with H3 Neo. I use H2 Neo on a carbon blade at moment and suspect H3 will be great with DrE.

My goal is to try out DrE contrast bat against young guns using extreme fast rubbers. Maybe it will upset their rhythm...maybe not?


DHS Hurricane 2 (NEO) - factory tuned! (legal)

David Brown
Very impressed with H2Neo. For past 5 years, I’ve been a H3 player but find them hard and painful when new. Seen that others re-glue them to soften them up. I found letting them age 3 months worked ok for me. But that’s history now.

In winter’10, for something different, I tried H2 Olde on a slow blade. This worked well for me. Whilst I lost side spin on hook shots and loop, my drives improved, chop was reliable and smash worked. My game improved overall.

This season, I tried Tuple 007 / F1 on a slowish blade and found the Tuple was a good control rubber with better side spin than H2. But F1 was a pain to control and cost me errors. After a few weeks, I gave up and went to H2Neo on a Yin He T2 carbon blade. I’ve used this blade before with H3 rubbers to good effect – tossing the hook shot up with a high arc off both FH & BH.

Last night was my first foray into comp with the H2Neo rubbers and it worked well despite too many overhits. Hopefully the overhits mellow as I adapt to the rubber but initial comments are:
- Definitely a lo-arc hook shot with great sidespin. Lowest I’ve ever hooked.
- Loop is good but good players were able to hit it.
- Chop was good but not as controlled as H2 Olde on slow blade.
- Drives were at risk of overhit – might need to use more blocks.
- Smash – untried due to lack of opportunity – but I think it will be ok.

Interestingly, after the comp, I tried a mate’s Tenergy 05 / Andro Impuls speed setup.

The Impulse Speed was lo-arc and played very much like H2 Neo. There was little adaption from H2 Neo to Impulse speed.

This was my first hit with Tenergy rubber and wasn’t shock or awed by it. I would say the H2 Neo was giving as much or better side spin. I was putting a lot of Tenergy hooks into the net as its not lo-arc. It wasn’t till third game I started tossing the Tenergy up higher at slower speed and letting it drop, bounce and spin. Then it started to feel good – but I used to do this with H3 on T2 blade, so nothing new.

I will try to do some hi-arc hook shots with H2Neo further back from the table and see how they go. I tend to fall into the trap of hitting hard up close to the table where my own side spin and top spin cause me errors. Probably why H2olde worked well for me coz there was less sidespin to haunt me. Must remember – hook or loop and back away for hi-arc topspin rally.


TSP Optical measuring scale lens - for sponge thickness

peter cox
This is a must have item if like me you have several sheets of rubber lying about ready for use.
The obvious problem is that you really need to know exact dimensions at the point of purchase rather than when the goods arrive at your door.
My only problem is that the scale starts from the left and runs to the right.It would be far better if the scale started in the middle and ran left and right of the centre point.
One mark off for my issue with ease of use on the scale.
Still,i think it's a cool little device with a place in any (e.j's) kit....

TSP REFLEX 50 Award Offensive (FL/ST)

Goran Brlek
This blade is really blade for loop and topspin play.dwell time is big ball comes off wery spiny but can play passive game with easy.rubbers on my one are TSP triple 21. offensive sponge on back and Avalox Pronte on forehand.I must say that for first time since I play table tennis and try a hips of blades and rubbers this is combo taht feels perfect for my style from the moment I start playing with it.No meter wat is service,loop topspin blocking even is easy to chop the ball.Plenty speed and to me moast important spin is fantastic....

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