Well after those comment I had to pull my finger out and do some work
Review TSP Curl P-1 Bamboo OX black, blade Stiga Energy wood
Since Mathias kindly let me try his used sheet, I can’t say how good this sheet looks new. I’m quite sure that, like every other TSP rubber, it would look of very high quality. The pimples don't look that unusual, with rough tips, but have a very slippery feel to it when you run your finger across to very lighly. Rub as little harder and you can feel a fair bit of grip.
For return of serves, this LP rubber was amazing and much better than I expected. On light touch the spin reversal was great, and quite slow. I could return the ball real short. Brushing a little harder I could feel a little grip, which allowed me to keep the ball real low with good control and precision. The harder you brush it the more sensitive it becomes to incoming spin, so you need to adjust for this.
Passive blocking produces fairly dead balls with perhaps a little spin reversal. More aggressive blocks worked quite well with the rubber, as it appears to be able to generate a slight bit of topspin. Chop-block produced excellent backspin.
Hitting with this LP rubber was very good too. It seemed very insensitive to incoming spin, and came of fast. I was surprised how consistent I could do this.
I found this rubber very good for chopping too. Somehow the rubber did not give me as hard a feel as most other OX LP rubbers give me. It felt quite slow, but with very good control and very good spin reversal. It was much easier to keep the ball short and low with this rubber. Chopping sideways was also very effective producing very awkward bounching balls. I found it not as easy to vary the amount of spin on this rubber, it was a little harder to produce floaters.
Attacking backspin was fairly easy but nothing too special. Decent spin reversal on these as well.
This is an excellent LP rubber, one of the best and most versatile I’ve ever tried. The spin reversal and control on light return of serves was almost SB type, which impressed me the most. The ability to do more like attack/punch the ball made it much more versatile. Blocking and counter attacking was good, hitting was surprising easy and forgiving. For chopping the rubber felt slow, good spin reversal and easy to keep balls low and short. It was not able to impart much spin on soft contact (like for serves), but when you dig the ball in a little there is decent grip to offer some control. There is not as much control over the spin as for example my favourite 955, so deception is not quite as easy, but varying the spin returned can still be done. I think it suits the more passive players more than the all out attack players, but this pimple can virtually do it all.
I will be trying this with a thin sponge next, and will report back here.
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