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 Post subject: Dawei Quattro UL
PostPosted: 13 Aug 2009, 04:58 
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Review is based on 3 sessions; Two with robot a, 3nd against an equal/superior opp who is 2 sided offence (generally me on the backfoot as he 'gets in' very quickly).

1.The reviewer:
UK Player,41 years old, 15 months back in the game after 12 year layoff. Ex- local league team champs, individual R/up, Doubles winner. Ex- defensive orientated player now increasingly offensive with 40mm ball. Still fit and very mobile! F/h far better than B/h offensively. B/h improving. Playing local premier div TT this year in 3/4/5 division leagues. Last year almost undefeated in 1st divisions (62/65). Style now (semi) patient offense, sometimes more patient than others.......

2. Physical Properties:
I'm looking for a replacement for 1.9mm Sriver FX which has been on my bat for maybe 3 months and is probably losing its mojo. Perhaps looking for something a little more offensive. Whilst FX gave good control I found it a slightly weak partner for the Outlaw.

Sponge hardness is advertised as 40 deg. I do not feel qualified enough to judge precisely the accuracy of this but it certainly seems about right to me; harder than Sriver FX which I think is quoted 35 deg and similar to G666 which I have seen as 39 and 40.

Topsheet looked fantastically jet black. Sponge was strange; almost shiny, really artificial and looking completely sealed and non-porous. I suspect glue could not get into this sponge easily as it looked almost waterproof.

When cutting the sheet it cut absolutlely perfectly with a new blade, bearing out my thoughts about how uniform and smooth the sponge was.

The protective sheet was very sticky and perhaps of a good enough quality to re-use; I personally do not want to retain any topsheet tackiness (insensitivity to incoming service spin is one aim) so intend to just use my non-tacky covers.

Topsheet was lightly tacky and this almost disappeared after 30 robot minutes. I suspect the tackiness may have been residue from the protective sheet, not the rubber itself.

Packaging is the (unfortunately) common google Chinese to English mismash. Apparently it will take me several sessions with this fireball to adjust to its speed as it will likely be beyond my 'experience'. Yet it is mislabelled 'allround' on the cover!

I think basically with the Chinese rubbers you take advice from your peers, not the marketting depts.

3. Speed:

Speed I am definitely pleased with, as I think it fits exactly where I want it to; Slower than the outlaw on my forehand but not ridiculously so. I think it is a tad quicker than Sriver Fx, and similar to G666 in red (once the tack has gone). Probably not disimilar to what I would expect of regular Sriver- which, with my developing B/H is all I wanted. More advanced offensive players might find the speed a little lacking, but for me it is more than adequate.

It played as a non-tacky rubber; I.e speed was linear and consistent.

4. Spin:
Service spin seemed excellent. I flipped the bat around and served some f/h serves with the UL and it seemed to be fizzing in the robot tray for longer than I could achieve with the outlaw.

Controlled topspin felt really decent too; I think it outplays Sriver in this Dept. I certainly got more arc on my (albeit inconsistent) backhand loop.

In open play spin clearly is good. I was playing a really good quality (albeit slightly rusty opp) and managed to beat him with spin (either into the net or off the end) more times than I can ever recall; and we have had dozens of sessions.

5. Control:
Chopping, a really strong point for me anyway, was easy with this. I thrived on the harder sponge and feel and could do pretty much what I wanted against the bot.

I realise at this stage of my 'career' that I have played with hard(er) sponges for so long that it will be difficult for me to change......

Short game against a real live opp was just fine; good touch, relatively insensitive to incoming spin. Excellent!

6. Other Playing properties:

Rubber was tested on an Avalox BT555. I love this blade to bits and now own 2. The spin comparison was against a brand new sheet of Outlaw.

The UL had a real woody feel when chopping. I could really feel the blade and I like that. I felt more in touch with the bat than with Sriver.

7. Reference:

I have played (post comeback) with 729, Kokutaku 007, G666, Tibhar rapid, 729fx, globe 999 nat, tenergy05, Outlaw, sriver fx. I can compare against any of these on request but feel sriver and g666 are the most similar.


8. Other comments Other unique properties...

Worth noting that this only worked out at GBP 8.50 per sheet when comparing to Sriver, and first impressions are that is is a suitable replacement. In fact, I would rate it equal in every dept except spin, where it is definitely better plus it is possibly a little quicker.

The 'ultra light' claim? Well, it isn't heavy but doesn't feel lighter than my sriver. Bugger what the scales may say, it feels the same!

SUMMARY: I hate reviews that are too glowing, but am struggling to find too much negative to say about this rubber. There are some minor imperfections in the topsheet, which may be due to my glueing (sp?). BTW this was affixed with a standard water based glue.

In one line, this is a perfect, cheap replacement for Sriver which it outplays IMO.

This will be the backhand rubber that I start my league season with.......

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 Post subject: Re: Dawei Quattro UL
PostPosted: 13 Aug 2009, 05:16 
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How does it compare to Outlaw in speed..??

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 Post subject: Re: Dawei Quattro UL
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duke4423 wrote:
How does it compare to Outlaw in speed..??


Bearing in mind that I use 2.0 UL and 2.2 Outlaw, which will increase any speed differential........

It is distinctly slower, but not ridiculously slower. At times yesterday I'd switch the bat to have the UL on my forehand to serve with (to get more spin), and didn't feel that I needed to make much adjustment.

In open play I'd say it is a lot more obvious. Against the robot I played some backhand topspins with both sides of the bat and the outlaw was a whole gear faster. On the plus side with the UL you could dig in to play chops a lot more with safety and consistency.

If rubbers were graded in the same way blades are I'd say Outlaw is OFF and UL is OFF- (I'd be interested if Outlaw users regard it as OFF+. I don't, but would rate T05 as OFF+)

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