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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2022, 06:15 
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Blade: Sanwei Fextra 7
FH: PALIO AK47 Red
BH: Dr. Neubauer K.O. Pro 1.5
Both rubbers tested in 1.5mm black on Stiga Nostalgic Allround. I played KO Pro several years and tried 388C-2 only several hours.

According to ITTF 388C-2 is not in long pips category, but plays very much like normal long pips rubber. 388C-2 is better at flat hitting and a bit faster then most LPs.
Brushing and using sponge in SP/MP manner does not work with 388C-2 -- small thin pips are bending too much and control is complex. i think this rubber will lose pips like many long pips rubbers.
Pips are more grippy and tolerate humidity and dust but dwell time is significantly lower despite of softer and slower sponge (comparing to KO Pro). So I do not think that 388C-2 is good for choppers.

In my opinion 388C-2 is interesting choice as pushblocking pip in ox or 1.0 mm sponge. Thicker sponge does not improve anything.

KO Pro has better control because it is simpler weapon. Margin of error in attacking strokes is wider.

But KO Pro is not an ideal rubber, some problems I discovered:
1) KO Pro is sensitive to humidity. It is already ungrippy and losing even more grip changes its behavior too much.
2) KO Pro had factory tuned sponge that seems to lose steam while the pips topsheet is very durable.
3) KO Pro has fragile sponge. Not a problem only if you never change used rubbers between rackets.

Speed:
KO Pro has predictable constant (fast comparing to LP, slow comparing to SP) speed.
388C-2 can be slower using soft palm. But it was tricky to control length of short balls with 388C-2.


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I am just about to change to MP on my forehand after 15 years off using inverted.

I did use Dawei C3888-1 black 1.2 for maybe 6 months and i probably played my best table tennis with it along with Donic Twister

In 1.2 Dawei is awkward for opponents and is very dangerous on flat drives especially. They go down and fast.

In 1.5 it feels good but my flat drives came back more often. Much preferred in 1.2.

It is super durable from memory.

Yasaka A-1-2 is a short pip with no sponge. It performs like mid pips when you hit it flat. Its rated slow but can be superfast when the ball goes thru the sponge.

Going to order these two rubbers.

Currently using Butterfly XS short pips on my forehand but very little disruption.


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