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Joola Express One is like a good steak - Seemingly dull on the outside, packed with juice and an explosion of flavor on the inside.

Background

I'd been playing with TBS / Tenergy 05 for a while. Being a semi-EJ, i wasn't satisfied that something could play that good, and that i was to settle down with a blade and a rubber for more than a month. So, i placed an order for some Galaxy blades, in particular, the W-6, in order to explore the lower end of the speed scale of blades with massive amounts of control.

Let me just say that, for me, Tenergy and W-6 do not work together at all. The high throw of the rubber combined with the slow wooden blade was a poor combo for a powerlooper.

It just so happened that Joola Express was being sold at a, what seemed to be universal, discount. ~35% off. No way was i going to pass that up! (I now regret not having gotten the Express Two aswell, for comparison). I picked up a sheet of Joola Express One 2.0, still trying to maintain that control over speed.

Looks can be deceiving

The topsheet is very special. Unlike any other new-gen rubber. It's almost like it's glazed, and even after several practices/games, it's keeping that glaze which most of all reminds you of a metallic sort of varnish you'd expect to see on a car right out of the factory.

It didn't feel tacky at all, but you could almost sense the secrets lurking below the topsheet, in the green-power enabled sponge which is more or less white in color. With it's 47 degrees of hardness, simply bouncing a ball off the rubber gave an amazingly crisp sound on a wooden blade. I got fairly excited at this point. Too bad it was almost midnight and i was unable to go hit a few balls with it. I sensed alot of explosion begging to be let loose.


All aboard the Express train

First hit with the W-6 / Express One. You know that very first hit? You can always sense if something is s***, or if something has potential. I immediately got a good vibe from the Express One.

Having tried Tenergy / W-6 for a while, it took a while to get used to the lower throw, but once i did, i started realizing why some of the pro's played the Express One.

Here you have a rubber that's really hard, which is not only fast and spinny, but plays an extremely good short game and to top it off, is an amazing loopers rubber in all aspects. Brush loops are very controlled with low arches, faster controlled loops are the same, and finally, power drives are incredible spinny and fast. I've never had so many "winners" before, not even with the tenergy. The low throw, and topspin sends the ball zooming past your opponent at an incredible speed. It was hard for me to contain my joy at times.

Express vs Tenergy

As i mentioned, the throw is lower than Tenergy. It's faster and probably a bit less spinny. Control is about the same. Both play a brilliant short game. But where the difference is, is in the explosion. In all aspects of play, the Express one seems to be so controllable, with a consistent low throw that will keep your returns in check, not giving away any radicl opening chances.


Express train to victory

The first hit with the Express One that i mentioned earlier, was a christmas tourney at my club. I rode the express train straight to victory after an initial loss in the group-stage where i couldn't quite get used to the throw, and ended up winning the whole thing.

The Express One is an amazingly interesting rubber. I was quite surprised to find that a rubber could play this offensively on an ALL wood blade.

For all you powerloopers outthere, check this sheet of glory out, you won't regret it.

Secret ingredient - Pure Green Power

I finally got the chance to get a few real practice sessions in with the Joola Express One @ TBS. Let me sum it up for you: This is an absolutely amazing combo. The first thing that struck me, and keeps striking me, is the similarity with a rubber like Joola Mambo Green Power.

Now i know what's lurking beneath the surface... it's the "Green Power", no doubt. The amount of control in the rubber on a carbon blade is astounding, just like what the mambo gives you. But not only do you get that control, you get explosive speed, spin and a low ball trajectory. It was an absolutely devestating combination. Power loops were easily controllable with either alot of power, and/or alot of spin. More focus on spin would actually put the ball close to the net, with great speed, but spinning out over the side of the table at an incredible angle. Absolutely incredible.

Flat hits are possible from anywhere, even from mid/far distance due to the high amount of control. I'm actually having a hard time describing the potential of this rubber - I'm really excited now that i've paired it with my TBS. And while i might sound like a bad ITTF commercial, there simply isn't much else to say, other than : Go try it out. Don't like it? Hey, you'd probably spend that money on beer anyway, and you're an experience wiser. There's a good chance you might end up with a really lethal weapon.

Final conclusions? This rubber is not a one trick pony. My experiments have been limited, but i've tried it at both ends of the speed scale, and it's performed admirably in both cases. Pure Green Power - and it's light. I've found my new best friend.

Goodbye Tenergy05, i hardly knew ye.

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Nice review DK, very poetic descriptions too! You make me wanna try this on my W6, which has had so much trouble getting a look in amongst my other blades. My Hurricane King really did a job on my W6 cos I got it about a week or two after the W6 and the W6 sort of fell in the drawer and didn't get much more of a look-see. And now I have OmegaII to try on my HK, as well as the T-8 in trial as well. EJ's really need training partners. They should tell you that before you sign up!! :roll:

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Express One, sounds a bit like a new generation version of Jo Coppa Gold. Maybe a more durable one??? I hope???

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Silver wrote:
Someone's been reading too many ITTF articles.


Nay. I wrote them.

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I know someone who plays with the express two and he really likes it. Apparantly a lot of vets use this rubber too.

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zrrbiteDK wrote:
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Someone's been reading too many ITTF articles.


Nay. I wrote them.


What I meant was your paragraph titles are very ittf-isque.

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Yes DK you got it in one i have Express One on my FH... i cannot say anything else, I also have Express two and Tenergy :lol: seems like we make a match...

Anyways to be honest the difference i belive between Express two and Express One is that Two is much softer, once again in a short game it really shows its potential. In the longer games you do feel the ball shinking into your rubber and the grip is just finger licking good ! :wink:

And yes the duration of Express is FANTASTIC... ive had both for about 3months and i train 3 times a week and thats about 14hours of game play not including my tournament matches. The shine is still on my Express one but isnt as glossy as before, the grip is still great. Comparing it to Two i have noticed i got those white dots where you hit the ball i try rubbing it off with my spinmax and water but it dont come off, it is still grippy but the topsheet looks much dirtier then when i first got it.

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Silver wrote:
zrrbiteDK wrote:
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Someone's been reading too many ITTF articles.


Nay. I wrote them.


What I meant was your paragraph titles are very ittf-isque.


I know, i'm just kidding :P

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UPDATE

Secret ingredient - Pure Green Power

I finally got the chance to get a few real practice sessions in with the Joola Express One @ TBS. Let me sum it up for you: This is an absolutely amazing combo. The first thing that struck me, and keeps striking me, is the similarity with a rubber like Joola Mambo Green Power.

Now i know what's lurking beneath the surface... it's the "Green Power", no doubt. The amount of control in the rubber on a carbon blade is astounding, just like what the mambo gives you. But not only do you get that control, you get explosive speed, spin and a low ball trajectory. It was an absolutely devestating combination. Power loops were easily controllable with either alot of power, and/or alot of spin. More focus on spin would actually put the ball close to the net, with great speed, but spinning out over the side of the table at an incredible angle. Absolutely incredible.

Flat hits are possible from anywhere, even from mid/far distance due to the high amount of control. I'm actually having a hard time describing the potential of this rubber - I'm really excited now that i've paired it with my TBS. And while i might sound like a bad ITTF commercial, there simply isn't much else to say, other than : Go try it out. Don't like it? Hey, you'd probably spend that money on beer anyway, and you're an experience wiser. There's a good chance you might end up with a really lethal weapon.

Final conclusions? This rubber is not a one trick pony. My experiments have been limited, but i've tried it at both ends of the speed scale, and it's performed admirably in both cases. Pure Green Power - and it's light. I've found my new best friend.

Goodbye Tenergy05, i hardly knew ye.

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Your best friend seems to be even better friend than the almighty 05? Is that right? :D

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Kolev wrote:
Your best friend seems to even better friend than the almighty 05? Is that right? :D


That is correct! 8)

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In terms of hardness and feel, is it very similar to 05?

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That review might be grounds for me to ditch the Hammond X and Refoma.

Oh wait a minute, I sacked them both last year.

Might give this one a shot if I come accross it.

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BTW, Yahoo search lists the OOAK review of Express One as the No. 3 result for Joola Express One.

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