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PostPosted: 27 Dec 2016, 11:08 
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I think the logic of that has some merit. Lower level reviews are not without value. The needs of a 1200 level player are different from a 1500 and a 1800, etc.

Still, the level should be made clear so readers know what the words are relative to so a 2500 level looper isn't getting equipment advice from a 1000 level penhold push blocker.

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Japsican wrote:
I think the logic of that has some merit. Lower level reviews are not without value. The needs of a 1200 level player are different from a 1500 and a 1800, etc.

Still, the level should be made clear so readers know what the words are relative to so a 2500 level looper isn't getting equipment advice from a 1000 level penhold push blocker.


Should we all ad an estimated USATT ranking level to our signature? Like they have at Noppentest...

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Def-attack wrote:
Japsican wrote:
I think the logic of that has some merit. Lower level reviews are not without value. The needs of a 1200 level player are different from a 1500 and a 1800, etc.

Still, the level should be made clear so readers know what the words are relative to so a 2500 level looper isn't getting equipment advice from a 1000 level penhold push blocker.


Should we all ad an estimated USATT ranking level to our signature? Like they have at Noppentest...


That would be nice - the only challenge is coming up with one for folks outside US (we did have a dedicated thread for this, though...).

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PostPosted: 28 Dec 2016, 08:16 
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I had a short go with YRD today. I changed it after 15 minutes. Not for me. Way too low throw and too little grip on the top sheet. Also too hard. I guess if tuned it would be nice but I wanted a real sticky top sheet. I put on an old Hurricane 8 that was bolsted with Falco long almost a year ago. No boosting left but sponge and top sheet is a little softer than non bolsted version. I kept it for the whole session but I am not sure where to go now. Nice with tacky for short game, serves, brush looping... But it feels a little dead... but for my game, where it is now, I guess it is the best.

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Def-attack can I know what blade you tried YRD out on ? Stiga Carbonado ?

Good to know that DHS H8 can be boosted :-) I had some bad experience boosting DHS H3-50 Mid-Hard and Skyline3-60 Mid-Hard. It doesn't work and sponge becomes very mushy :P After the boost wears off though both the sheets perform very very well. I haven't tried boosting YRD, but I do have an old sheet of Xiom Omega V Tour MAX - red ( it has the black carbo-sponge which is similar to YRD ).

Has anyone boosted XOVT ? Any comments on the effect / reaction to various boosters ?


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Def-attack can I know what blade you tried YRD out on ? Stiga Carbonado ?

Good to know that DHS H8 can be boosted :-) I had some bad experience boosting DHS H3-50 Mid-Hard and Skyline3-60 Mid-Hard. It doesn't work and sponge becomes very mushy :P After the boost wears off though both the sheets perform very very well. I haven't tried boosting YRD, but I do have an old sheet of Xiom Omega V Tour MAX - red ( it has the black carbo-sponge which is similar to YRD ).

Has anyone boosted XOVT ? Any comments on the effect / reaction to various boosters ?

Yes, Carbonado 190.
Yes, H8 responds well to boosting.

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Def-attack wrote:
I wanted a real sticky top sheet


And herein lies the rub. Most hybrids try to fit into a middle ground between chinese and euro properties. A mix of tacky and mechanical grip, but lower tack than traditional chinese rubbers. Or a softer, porous sponge with a more elastic topsheet to mimic a boosted feel. So if you are a player who relies on heavy tack, or a rock-hard sponge, you might be disappointed.

That said, there is some variation in the hybrid market. Target National is one of the tackier ones (the black sheets I had were tackier than Rising Dragon), and Hybrid K1 Plus has quite the hard sponge. But still - each player has their own requirements, and sometimes they don't even know what properties they are relying on until they try something different.


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haha - I just bought a sheet... as well as a used Sanwei Target National (thanks Matt P.) Will report back!


have you tried Sanwei Target National yet? Can you compare it with H3N?

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rokphish2 wrote:
Okay, thanks!

Oh, by the way, there's a new(er) one, Shining Dragon. Have you tried it or will you in the near future?

Shining dragon is apparently softer, if it gets much softer it will move away from the similarities to a Chinese rubber....

I just ordered 3 sheets so that will last me about 6 months and I may give shining dragon a try then!

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I played both with Black topsheet: Shining Dragon is much harder than Rising Dragon, not softer.
Rising Dragon is fast and has a high throw.
Shining Dragon is very tacky, slower and has a lower throw. It is more than a classic chinese rubber, but faster.

With red topsheet I only played Shining Dragon, very tacky and very soft!!


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PRW wrote:
haha - I just bought a sheet... as well as a used Sanwei Target National (thanks Matt P.) Will report back!


have you tried Sanwei Target National yet? Can you compare it with H3N?

I tried out the STN for a day or two, and was impressed. I then changed to the YSD, and was not impressed, then fairly impressed, and then not so impressed! On serves and short game, and full loops, it works very well for me - but when I am caught having to improvise a shot , I find the shot just dies on me - because I am so used to having the soft sponge of the 05fx being able to hold the ball for long enough to create a shot. Not the rubber's fault, just a factor of the way I play.

I will put the STN back on. Blade is Timo Bill ZLC. Will let you know!

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