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PostPosted: 25 Jun 2024, 16:51 
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Blade: Matador Texa Carbon
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BH: ABS 3
Hi Guys,

Summer stop has started in my country. The ideal time to try out some new equiment.
I decided I'm going to stick to the ABS 3 rubber. It gives me great control and possibilities
to flip the game in favor of me attacking.

I'll try to pair it with the neubauer Texa Carbon blade. I've tried it in the past. It was great for anti,
but felt off with my FH Rakza Z EH. It became very stiff and hard. I had trouble clearing the net or
balls had a to flat trajectory and went long. That's why I am trying out a new and softer FH rubber:
Donic Bluestar A2. I know Luka is playing the A1 and Andrea is playing a bluestorm if I am correct
so the donic rubbers seems to pair well with a blade that's good for ABS anti.

I'll be trying it out tonight for the first time.

Is there someone who has tried the A2?

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Cheers,
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Carels wrote:
Hi Guys,

Summer stop has started in my country. The ideal time to try out some new equiment.
I decided I'm going to stick to the ABS 3 rubber. It gives me great control and possibilities
to flip the game in favor of me attacking.

I'll try to pair it with the neubauer Texa Carbon blade. I've tried it in the past. It was great for anti,
but felt off with my FH Rakza Z EH. It became very stiff and hard. I had trouble clearing the net or
balls had a to flat trajectory and went long. That's why I am trying out a new and softer FH rubber:
Donic Bluestar A2. I know Luka is playing the A1 and Andrea is playing a bluestorm if I am correct
so the donic rubbers seems to pair well with a blade that's good for ABS anti.

I'll be trying it out tonight for the first time.

Is there someone who has tried the A2?

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Cheers,
Pieter


I’m wondering how it goes with this setup. In general, I think it is a fantastic combination. Maybe you can solve one doubt I have after the experience testing it: why is Texa Carbon so good for anti rubbers? It is because of the Texalium layer? It is the same result with a normal carbon blade as Timo Boll ALC?

Best regards and looking forward to learn from you.

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PostPosted: 25 Jun 2024, 22:58 
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Blade: Matador Texa Carbon
FH: Bluestar A2
BH: ABS 3
For me the BH anti works best with a stiff blade.
The wallnut (i think) is very hard and de texalium makes it even stiffer.

Problem is I can't go too hard with the rubber, because the blade is also
very stiff on forehand. That's where I like more flex.

A combination blade is the answer for me. I normally play handmade SDC combi blades.
BH koto - Carbon
FH Hinoki - Ayous - Carbon
This way I can use a hard rubber on FH and still generate a lot of spin and speed when i want to.

I have the feeling the Anti works better on the matador because of the very hard wallnut layer.
So i will try it and so how the forehand works with a softer rubber.

Only thing i will need to adapt to is the weigth distribution. The matador is much more head heavy then
the blade i normally play.

I'll keep you guys posted.


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PostPosted: 26 Jun 2024, 07:23 
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Blade: Gerry Viscaria Super ZLC
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Diegox wrote:
Carels wrote:
Hi Guys,

Summer stop has started in my country. The ideal time to try out some new equiment.
I decided I'm going to stick to the ABS 3 rubber. It gives me great control and possibilities
to flip the game in favor of me attacking.

I'll try to pair it with the neubauer Texa Carbon blade. I've tried it in the past. It was great for anti,
but felt off with my FH Rakza Z EH. It became very stiff and hard. I had trouble clearing the net or
balls had a to flat trajectory and went long. That's why I am trying out a new and softer FH rubber:
Donic Bluestar A2. I know Luka is playing the A1 and Andrea is playing a bluestorm if I am correct
so the donic rubbers seems to pair well with a blade that's good for ABS anti.

I'll be trying it out tonight for the first time.

Is there someone who has tried the A2?

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Cheers,
Pieter


I’m wondering how it goes with this setup. In general, I think it is a fantastic combination. Maybe you can solve one doubt I have after the experience testing it: why is Texa Carbon so good for anti rubbers? It is because of the Texalium layer? It is the same result with a normal carbon blade as Timo Boll ALC?

Best regards and looking forward to learn from you.


Too much things.... Walnut outer ply, Texalium, 9 plies. It's a mix of stiffness and hardness that work pretty well with glanti. Keep in mind that from a mathematical standpoint, MTC isn''t stiffer than Timo Boll ALC (nor ZLC or Super ALC/ZLC). But Walnut is a bit harder than Koto

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PostPosted: 26 Jun 2024, 15:52 
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Blade: Matador Texa Carbon
FH: Bluestar A2
BH: ABS 3
I did my first practice yesterday.

Rubber is fine, but it feels a bit middle of the road. Not to fast, lots of control. I need a lot less force when playing it then playing with rakza Z EH. This is good because it wil hopefully enable me to have better recovery and play more relax.

The blade ... O the blade
I would live to like it, but it's just not clicking for me. Everytime I try it, I think it's so nice for anti, but my forhand makes a huge drop in performance. I need my Fh to make the points. Also I am have timing difficulties beacause the weigth distribution. And it doesn't give a lot of arc. So lots of shots go long or top of net.

I'll keep on trying. But it won't be an easy transition.
If I want to make it at all

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PostPosted: 26 Jun 2024, 16:58 
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Diegox wrote:
Carels wrote:
Hi Guys,

Summer stop has started in my country. The ideal time to try out some new equiment.
I decided I'm going to stick to the ABS 3 rubber. It gives me great control and possibilities
to flip the game in favor of me attacking.

I'll try to pair it with the neubauer Texa Carbon blade. I've tried it in the past. It was great for anti,
but felt off with my FH Rakza Z EH. It became very stiff and hard. I had trouble clearing the net or
balls had a to flat trajectory and went long. That's why I am trying out a new and softer FH rubber:
Donic Bluestar A2. I know Luka is playing the A1 and Andrea is playing a bluestorm if I am correct
so the donic rubbers seems to pair well with a blade that's good for ABS anti.

I'll be trying it out tonight for the first time.

Is there someone who has tried the A2?

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Cheers,
Pieter


I’m wondering how it goes with this setup. In general, I think it is a fantastic combination. Maybe you can solve one doubt I have after the experience testing it: why is Texa Carbon so good for anti rubbers? It is because of the Texalium layer? It is the same result with a normal carbon blade as Timo Boll ALC?

Best regards and looking forward to learn from you.


Too much things.... Walnut outer ply, Texalium, 9 plies. It's a mix of stiffness and hardness that work pretty well with glanti. Keep in mind that from a mathematical standpoint, MTC isn''t stiffer than Timo Boll ALC (nor ZLC or Super ALC/ZLC). But Walnut is a bit harder than Koto


Thanks, all this information is so useful.

Best regards

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2024, 02:11 
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Blade: Matador Texa Carbon
FH: Bluestar A2
BH: ABS 3
So, i've tried the Bluestar A2 with my regular blade. And I Really like it. It's a bit less heavy then my previous Rubbers (rakza z eh or O9C) and it is very good for my serve and pushes. It's easy to generate backspin with for me.
Also easier to twiddle and play some decent BH with. I lose a bit of toplevel spin and maybe speed. But thats ok

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2024, 02:21 
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Carels wrote:
So, i've tried the Bluestar A2 with my regular blade. And I Really like it. It's a bit less heavy then my previous Rubbers (rakza z eh or O9C) and it is very good for my serve and pushes. It's easy to generate backspin with for me.
Also easier to twiddle and play some decent BH with. I lose a bit of toplevel spin and maybe speed. But thats ok

Verstuurd vanaf mijn moto g22 met Tapatalk


Could you compare it with Rakza Z and give us a little bit more of information?

Thanks

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2024, 05:28 
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Blade: Matador Texa Carbon
FH: Bluestar A2
BH: ABS 3
Rakza is harder, topsheet feels harder, is heavier. Slower.
Is more controlled and responds to power more, what you put in is what you get out.
If you play hard you get a lot of spin and speed.
Isn't the best rubber for smashes.

Bluestar A2 is lighter. is easier to engage, so you need less force to use it.
is better for smashes. Is easier to generate underspin on serves and pushes.
has less top end spin, base speed is higher. But bottoms out when you give it you all
you can better wing it when you're not in the correct position


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Rakza is harder, topsheet feels harder, is heavier. Slower.
Is more controlled and responds to power more, what you put in is what you get out.
If you play hard you get a lot of spin and speed.
Isn't the best rubber for smashes.

Bluestar A2 is lighter. is easier to engage, so you need less force to use it.
is better for smashes. Is easier to generate underspin on serves and pushes.
has less top end spin, base speed is higher. But bottoms out when you give it you all
you can better wing it when you're not in the correct position


Thanks for this information, so useful.

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PostPosted: 05 Jul 2024, 15:35 
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Blade: Matador Texa Carbon
FH: Bluestar A2
BH: ABS 3
So, I've been doing some more training.

The Bluestar A2 keeps on doing it's thing. It is a very good rubber. Not too fast lots of control. I can really push very well with it. It is also good for blocking. Spinning is as expected.

The 50 degrees hardness gives me an easier time when twiddling and playing bh.



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Carels wrote:
So, I've been doing some more training.

The Bluestar A2 keeps on doing it's thing. It is a very good rubber. Not too fast lots of control. I can really push very well with it. It is also good for blocking. Spinning is as expected.

The 50 degrees hardness gives me an easier time when twiddling and playing bh.



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Do you have experience with other Donic rubbers?

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no first time playing donic.
Figured if Luka and Andrea are playing it, it must be good :)


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no first time playing donic.
Figured if Luka and Andrea are playing it, it must be good :)


Yes, he play the A1 but I think on the past he played with the C2 also. I’m wondering about the differences.

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Carels wrote:
no first time playing donic.
Figured if Luka and Andrea are playing it, it must be good :)


Yes, he play the A1 but I think on the past he played with the C2 also. I’m wondering about the differences.


The BlueStar A1 is faster and bouncier. Since the C2 counts as a hybrid, it has a little more tack and bounces a little less powerfully. About the hardness, the C2 feels a little harder. Both are hard rubbers and powerful, same as for the spin, but the spin depends on the blade, too. I think Luka has transitioned to the A1 from C2 to give a little more zing to his forehand. As from the latest matches you could see, the forehand loops have became faster. A tad less spinnier? Who knows? He only.

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