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PostPosted: 05 Apr 2019, 20:35 
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learninTT wrote:
TheKLeifheit13 wrote:

So you're right, blue diamond is the softest sponge they offer. It's not pathetically soft, though. Gearz is barely palpably harder than BD. Thor's Hammer is significantly harder than BD and harder than Gearz by a seemingly larger margin than Gearz to BD. I noticed I had less power with BD on balls-out shots but found I got more spin on everything. Consistency was way better as well and I could attack a much larger percentage of serves and pushes effectively. I also had to put in less effort for just about everything. So I guess it's a trade-off whether you want your >90% effort shots to be better or you want your over the table game to be better.

Thank you for your feedback. I guess that is why they are thinking of discontinuing BD. As I stated previously, from when I spoke to Tom last, he seemed to indicate that GearZ was the replacement for BD. That would make sense if the hardness was similar but the sponge was more "active". But as you noted, if consistency is better with BD, maybe it still has a place in their lineup.


I could see Gearz replacing Blue Diamond for rubbers intended to be high performance (Burst, Big Gun, etc.) because it's damn fast and still soft enough to feel the ball. But for Zero or rubbers intended to be easier to play, Blue Diamond makes sense. Gearz would keep most of the ease of play you get with BD, but add an extra 15% or more speed-wise.


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