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 Post subject: Optimum MP or Hammond?
PostPosted: 26 Dec 2008, 09:32 
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Sorry guys if I have asked this before. I received some funds from the recent holiday and am planning on purchasing a new combo. I loved Mendo MP but want to try Optimum MP. Also really like Hammond as well. If anyone has used either the OMP or the Hammond could you please tell me which you like better and why. Which (unglued) is faster and gives the most spin potential? Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated!! :-) Thanks!!!


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I've used Hammond and Optimum MP (it was a while ago so forgive me if I'm a bit vague) and Hammond definitely has a softer feel and is slightly faster. I found Hammond a much more controllable and predictable looping rubber, although both are capable of generating a lot of spin on loops. OMP has a much grippier topsheet and is better for serving but neither is great. Hammond is less susceptible to incoming spin and easier to return serve with. Both are fairly good for blocking and poor for pushing.


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Which Hammond is it that you're using? I used to use the Pro Alpha and thought it was pretty good.

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I tried all the Hammond rubbers and I thought the Pro A was the best. I got more spin and with the right blade, it is as fast as anybody needs. This was for an attacking, countering type game. I could still switch back to it today with no problem. I also found it to be a very durable rubber. :D

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Hmmm, maybe as I look to upgrade the speed on my forehand I should consider returning to the Hammond Pro Alpha. Now, I'll have to dig through my cache of equipment to see if I have a spare sitting around from a few years ago...

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I had the Hammond X on a killerspin blade and loved it. I was a little fast for me, and not spinny enough to setup a proper kill shot.

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Thanks for all the great info. I keep hearing that OMP has a hard sponge and that producing spin can sometimes be a problem. Can the same be said for Mendo MP? I would sacrifice some speed to get a little more spin with reg MP. Also does Yasaka V Stage have the same hard sponge and lesser grip tendencies as well? Also that HPA is as good or better than reg Hammond. I think it may produce a little more spin but is somewhat slower than reg Hammond. Hammond X may be somehwere in between? Thanks again! :-)


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If it was just a comparision between the three, Hammond is the angry older brother, Hammond pro A is the sensitive type, and Hammond X is the career orientated sucessful sun. Hammond X is neither the fastest or spinniest, but is faster then the A but spinnier then the Hammond.

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