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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 06:00 
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I was recently given a sheet of Butterfly Impartial XS in an unknown thickness for testing. I'd guess it's either 2.1mm or max. The sponge is white, soft, and fairly small-pored. Pips are close-spaced and highly conical. This pip is a speed monster..

I'm coming from playing SP on my forehand with pips like Nittaku Beautry or TSP Spinpips RED. I'd say that XS is as fast or faster than Beautry which, imo, is 20-30% faster than Spinpips RED. When hit hard, XS lets out a pleasing 'crock!' sound though it's not as pronounced or high-pitched as the speed-glued rubbers of yore. There's adequate grip to do topspin drives and the pip is very consistent, especially given its prodigious speed.

Coming off Spinpips RED, in the first five minutes of hitting with XS I felt like I couldn't miss the table, and I was hitting the ball faster than I usually would. XS can generate decent spin off service but not quite as much as Spinpips RED, though certainly more than Beautry. Throw angle is considerably higher than Beautry and a tad lower than Spinpips RED. I'd put XS's blocking on par with Spinpips RED, with the latter being the best blocking rubber I've ever encountered. XS's speed off the block is faster than Spinpips RED but it doesn't kill the spin/control the ball quite as well as Spinpips RED.


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I used XB in 1.7 sponge, and during passive blocks it actually reversed the spin at times. Otherwise it would send back fairly dead balls. If I bumped a bit into the ball (brushing upward) I could send back top spin. But again, the 1.7 sponge on a Dr N firewall plus was actually returning balls with reversed spin (that is, incoming top spin was returned as slight backspin when blocking).

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Just re-read the thread title some weeks later -- I have impartial xB! Not XS, so my review is for that rubber.

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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 19:22 
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After one playing session, my sheet of XS developed a delam bubble the size of a nickel right in the sweet spot. No more testing.. :(


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After one playing session, my sheet of XS developed a delam bubble the size of a nickel right in the sweet spot. No more testing.. :(
If you could post photo of the rubber, please...

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I was recently given a sheet of Butterfly Impartial XS in an unknown thickness for testing. I'd guess it's either 2.1mm or max. The sponge is white, soft, and fairly small-pored. Pips are close-spaced and highly conical. This pip is a speed monster..

I'm coming from playing SP on my forehand with pips like Nittaku Beautry or TSP Spinpips RED. I'd say that XS is as fast or faster than Beautry which, imo, is 20-30% faster than Spinpips RED. When hit hard, XS lets out a pleasing 'crock!' sound though it's not as pronounced or high-pitched as the speed-glued rubbers of yore. There's adequate grip to do topspin drives and the pip is very consistent, especially given its prodigious speed.

Coming off Spinpips RED, in the first five minutes of hitting with XS I felt like I couldn't miss the table, and I was hitting the ball faster than I usually would. XS can generate decent spin off service but not quite as much as Spinpips RED, though certainly more than Beautry. Throw angle is considerably higher than Beautry and a tad lower than Spinpips RED. I'd put XS's blocking on par with Spinpips RED, with the latter being the best blocking rubber I've ever encountered. XS's speed off the block is faster than Spinpips RED but it doesn't kill the spin/control the ball quite as well as Spinpips RED.


Interesting. As I think you might recall from a different thread, I've tried the exact same rubbers you've tried. I was using the Nittaku Beautry for awhile and found it super reliable in blocking and hitting but not spinny enough on serves and really bad for chopping, so I tried the Butterfly Impartial XS and found it great for looping and a bit better for chopping than the Beautry, but I didn't like that the trajectory on blocks was a bit high, and I also didn't like that the non-textured pips resulted in balls sometimes completely slipping off the SP surface when I'd try to use my wrist to do a kind of "safe" slow loop, so then I tried the Spinpips RED (on your recommendation, actually), and it turned out to be perfect in all departments, a tiny bit slower than the Impartial XS but great for blocking, serving and looping and amazing for chopping, so while I'm sure I'll try some other SPs just for fun in the future, if I have to stick with this one, I'll be okay with that. (I didn't have the weird bubble issue you described with the Impartial, so I assume that's just some idiosyncratic thing that happened).

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rokphish2 wrote:
If you could post photo of the rubber, please...


No can do.. I already returned it to rocketman222. Maybe he can oblige?


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According to the AU Butterfly distributor, this rubber has the spin of Sriver and the speed of Bryce. Does that sound accurate?

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haggisv wrote:
According to the AU Butterfly distributor, this rubber has the spin of Sriver and the speed of Bryce. Does that sound accurate?


I haven't used Sriver or Bryce, but there's no way the Impartial XS has spin equal to an inverted rubber, even if it is one of the spinnier short pips I've seen. As far as speed goes, though, the comparison might be apt. It's pretty fast. It also has a very high throw. It's a good forehand short pips rubber if you're transitioning from inverted, probably, but I prefer the TSP Spinpips RED for its greater control on blocks and chops.

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Having tried Waran 1.8mm on my FH but struggled due to the low throw on blocks etc. compared to inverted I am very tempted to try something like XS or Spinpips red.

What are XS and Sninpips red like in the short game e.g short pushes against backspin which is my main weakness with soft tensors. Are they firm enough to provide precision in pushes like a harder inverted does i.e. not to mushy. Waran is really good in the short game and for chopping due to its hard top sheet but just not that easy to block or topspin with if used to inverted.


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