I am an All Around player-Modern defender although I can play any style. At my best, I was an “A” player between 1900-2000 (on the rise when my father unexpectedly passed away which put table tennis on hold for many years). I started out using inverted on both sides, but switched to pips out on my backhand to help me return spinney serves and slow loops. I have used Feint 1.5, Phantom 009, Yasaka A1 pips out 2.2, Stiga Radical 2.0, Friendship 802 2.0, Friendship 802-40 1.8, Friendship 563 1.5, Friendship 837 1.0. I use inverted on my forehand, and like Juic 999 elite (red). I definitely will attack weak balls to my backhand with any rubber I am using at the moment. I twiddle often, and want a rubber different from my extremely spinney inverted loops (and chops).
Feint Long 3 (1.3mm black)
I am using the Feint Long 3 (1.3 mm black) on a new Giant Dragon Kris combination blade (OFF/DEF) on the defensive side, my backhand usually. I have a small problem getting the side to stay tacked down and I am touching it up for about a week until it is totally tacked down.
Before I ever take a new blade to the table I do a “personal” spin test. I simply hit the ball up into the air and then chop it and read how much spin is on the ball. Frankly, very frankly, the spin of the Feint Long 3 against a stopped ball is amazing. The only pip I have ever seen to put so very much spin on a stopped ball is Stiga Radical-wow!
The pips themselves are very soft and mushy, but wow how this thing chops! It is my feeling that there will be very little knuckleball effect, but amazing spin reversal IF a stroke is used. This does not seem like it will play like a passive blocking rubber. If you brush the ball, it will impart spin. Hitting straight through the ball seems like it might give a very “funny” ball since the pips will “crush.’ If one rolls over the ball a very good top spin might be created.
To the table
The Feint Long 3 on the defensive side is really a joy to play with. Fast top spin serves are chopped with a large amount of back spin if I really rotate under the ball gliding the ball along the pips, or I can choose to crush the ball into the pips and create a sort of dead ball push. On a very heavily spun push or chop, the ball will still sit up if I rotate under the ball, but if I sort of push it with a push motion but open paddle, it creates a sort of topspin push. This can be very effective. Light under spin can be pushed back with light under spin.
A favorite ploy of opponents of long pips is to use a lot of deep no spin serves. I find that the ability of Feint Long 3 to create spin against a stopped ball results in me being able to attack no spin serves successfully if I read the ball right. Pushing under a no spin serve by gliding along the pips creates a pretty heavy backspin while crushing the ball into the pips gives a weird phantom type ball with little or wobbly spin. This ball can also be top spin’d successfully, but I personally would rather wait until my opponent pushes some back spin to the long pips and attack that shot.
One reservation I had about Feint Long 3 was I was afraid that my backhand flick would not be effective (A flick in my part of the world is an abbreviated smash with a lot of wrist). Well, the flick is in good order. When my opponent gives me a high push, I can flick this away very well. Since the defensive side of the Kris is so slow, not too many are out right winners (but every ball so far has sunk into the bottom of the net). I am also able to get a good hard punch block with the Feint Long 3. Because the pips crush so easily, it is a very weird ball. Again not many of these came back most just sank into the bottom of the net. Control from the slow side of the Kris is very good maybe even outstanding.
Fading of the table and chopping is where this rubber really shines. The more my opponent spins into the long pips; the more under spin he must successfully lift over the net. Adding a little side spin on the chop bothers my opponent even more. I must be alert and ready to come in and pick hit with the long pips on any drop shot or short push.
My feeling is that players coming from an inverted or active background will like Feint Long 3 much better than players coming from a passive blocking background. The pips seem too soft to reverse the spin when a passive block in used. I am also using the maximum sponge (1.3 mm); again not what a passive blocker would want for spin reversal or weird ball effects. (I am also using this on a heavy slow side of a combo blade built for modern defense away from the table-think Panagiotis Gionis or Ruwen Filas as example players).
For a person who is looking to chop at all depths, this rubber is a big winner. The only competition for Feint Long 3 as far as spin variation and severe topspin reversal from a chop stroke is TSP Curl P-1 (or maybe the other Butterfly Feint products). For a passive, at the table blocker, there are better products.
Blade: Giant Dragon Kris: FH: Friengship 729 Judo (red) 2.0 BH: Feint Long 3 (black) 1.3
Blade: Alfa Pro : FH: Friendship Judo (red) 2.0 BH Double Happiness Cloud & Fog 3 (black) 1.0