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Thursday, 18 October 2007
TSP Curl P1-R in 0.5mm, by LawOCG

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Awhile back I wrote a review on the P1-R in 1.0mm. Since then Ive been playing with quite a few different rubbers to get a feel for everything. Well long story short I ended up trying to play with OX for awhile to get a pure feeling for long pips. I'm quite glad I actually gave OX a chance as It did open my mind.

OK here we go....

Back then I had the Curl P1-R 1.0mm on a Matsushita Pro and the Joo Se Hyuk. It was very stiff and hard to control, not to mention that the P1-R is quite fast in 1.0mm.

The P1-R 1.0mm can be summarized briefly as shown below:

- Spin reversal potential is almost limitless depending on your level.
- Its a fast LP with a stiff and dead feeling. Very unforgiving and it requires good hands.
- Wobble effect is not as pronounced, so holding out your racket hoping for the best will do NOTHING for you.
- It falls into the grippy LP category so it does generate some spin on its own.

Although I found the P1-R in 1.0mm to be incredibly hard to control. I blame it on myself and the hard sponge. If the 1.0mm came with a softer sponge, the control will be greatly increased.

Mini-review for the P1-R in 0.5mm

First off there is a huge difference in speed between the 2. The 0.5mm version is much more controlled due to the decrease in speed. Spin reversal is slightly better but not by much.

Pushing/Scooping - About the same as the 1.0mm as both of them push very well and the ball can be kept very low. Sidespin pushes are still hard to do (blame this on me more than anything else Smile). Scooping is the same as the 1.0mm which for me is rather difficult. After playing with OX for awhile scooping is considerably harder with sponge.

Blocking/Hitting - Its again about the same here, the reduced thickness doesn't really affect its attacking abilities at all. Since the topsheet grips the ball slightly, you can still attack with a fair amount of speed and consistency. I would say that the 0.5mm is more controlled whereas the 1mm had more firepower. Blocking is definitely better with the thinner variant. The ball can be controlled more freely and placed more precisely, the 1mm allows faster return at the expense of spin reversal. The 0.5mm strikes a perfect balance between the 2.

Chopping - Biggest difference lies here. The 0.5mm can chop with much greater consistency and spin reversal. The 1.0mm P1-R had a tendency to launch chops long. The 0.5mm P1-R doesn't do this as often.. The result? you can chop much harder producing way more backspin and the ball still lands on the table nicely. I can safely say that the backspin generated from the 0.5mm P1-R is even heavier than the brick producing 009.

Conclusion - 0.5mm wins in my books. For me at my current level the 0.5mm gives much greater control. With the 1mm, I don't have the ability to fully utilize the extra sponge. I doubt many people can either as its a incredibly hard rubber to use effectively.

Well there you go Smile my 2 cents on comparing the two variants
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