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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Andro Hexer

Players in search of a rubber for whirling topspins will be enthused by HEXER. The mixture of 100% natural rubber in the upper layer results in increased grip and a longer impact time. This effects in improved trampoline and rotation features for the same striking energy (EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE), and provides each topspin with a higher trajectory.

In addition, the new and progressive pips geometry puts a compact playing feeling across. The fourth TENSOR generation unfolds its immense qualities in spin and rotation oriented play.

Characterisics:

  • Speed: 107
  • Spin: 109
  • Control:78
  • Sponge Hardness:Med Hard

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 Andro Hexer Reviews
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Review 1:
I went from Palio Macro ERA to Hexer. Hexer was a little disappointing on my first practice. The brush loops did not seem to get the same amount of spin and I lost a couple notches of speed. However, it was easier to lift underspin balls over the net and my serves are spinnier. Blocking is better with Hexer, but FH pushes landed in the net more often on receiving underspin serves. Loop drives are about equal for me, but with a lower curve on Hexer. I received more of my loops back where before with PME they often came back long due to the spin. Overall, I didn't have to make too much adjustment to my game. After a few more practices and games I have to say that Hexer definitely has less spin than PME. I have to work so much harder to get a spinny loop with Hexer. I had to downgrade the spin on my rating. I will play the next tournament with Hexer, but I will most likely go back to PME on FH. Update: Last night I put the PME back on and the spin in my loops came right back. I have now ordered a sheet of soft PME, since I liked the soft feel of Hexer better, but I can't deal with the fact that I can't get a proper brush loop with Hexer. I guess PME is just better suited to my game. Anyone in the market for a cut sheet of Hexer?

Review 2: Review by gekogark1212 (published with permission)
1. The reviewer:
Iím a 2 winged looper, with my backhand being quicker, but with less power. Aussie B grade standard, which is roughly 1900 USATT. Tested this on my Yasaka Extra blade with JO Gold on the back.

2. Physical Properties:
I have a red sheet, in 2.1mm. Sponge is medium soft, without a durometer Iíd say around the 42.5(tensor scale) mark, and smells like the usual Donic/Andro tensor stuff. The feel of the topsheet is very grippy, even compared to Jap topsheets like the Donic Coppa Speed. Sponge is like the Tenergy stuff. The red doesnít look as artificial as the Vega. Impressed so far at the German rubber.

3. Speed:
Speed on slow strokes fairly fast, however it also has an excellent short game. It behaves extraordinarily on services, great on pushes and good on flicks.

Speed on power loops is only so-so. I thought it would blast me out of my seat, but in the end, my mind isnít blown, my socks arenít knocked off, and my walletís now a little lighter.
On the 100% power geko rocket put-away shots, this rubber is indeed faster than Tenergy 05, JO Gold, Donic Coppa Speed, Plasma 470, Roxon 450 etc. etc., but weíre talking whole body, whole arm, complete waist turn and no recovery type loop-kills. Which to me is COMPLETELY unrealistic to base anything on.

Smashing with the Hexer is ok. It doesnít have the meaty feeling as with Tenergy 05, but neither does it reward your half-hearted efforts.

4. Spin:
Spin on slow loops is quite good, though I canít see it being Tenergy 05 spinny, it gets close, and though none of us really believed him, Rob was right (again haha), the Hexerís slow loop spin is marginally if at all, better than the Roxon 450.

Spin on faster loops is actually very high! My loops were landing way, way shorter than the Donic Coppa Speed, which I have gotten used to. In fact, some were so short, it started to land in the netÖbut this could have to do with its slow speed also.

Spin on serves is nothing to write home about. Good spin, but absolutely brilliant control on it. Very, very short serves (although hardly as spinny as they look) can be performed easily.

5. Control:
In terms of blocking, Iíd agree with the advertisements. It is magic! Very stable blocking ability and not as sensitive to spin as Iíd imagine from looking and feeling the topsheet.

Pushing and looping is very close to where you want it, especially looping the corners closest to the net.

6. Other Playing properties:
The throw is high! Almost ridiculously high. This gets annoying as you try to loop consistently, but at the same time keeping the ball low and putting pressure on the opponent. Hexer robs you of that stroke and punishes you if you try to close your angle by slipping.

Glue feel is present and lovely sounding, given you hit hard enough. Otherwise, itís more of a ďpakĒ sound than a ďtockĒ sound.

7. Reference:
In the best way I can sum it up, Iíd say the Hexer is a prepubescent Donic Coppa Speed, I mean that in two ways. Firstly, it seems like it hasnít grown its muscles yet but is still trying to compete with the big boys. It loses out in speed rallies. Secondly, like an annoying younger brother, it brags on and on about its better spin, but in actuality is no better than the Roxon 450, and is marginally better than a new sheet of Donic Coppa Speed. Plus it demands more pocket money than the older kids, brat!

8. Other comments
Other than the fact that its sponge looks different from previous tensors, and being labeled ď4GĒ, Iíd say Andro is still on the detour to finding a good post-glue solution. Again, like the Roxon series, the Hexer has great short game and close to the table ability, but in terms of explosiveness or dynamic properties, it hasnít surpassed the Plasma series. Now in terms of control and spin, it still hasnít reached the pre-glue level. Oi! Andro! What are you doing son?

Review 3: December 20, 2009
Was playing with Tenergy 05 on forehand, Tenergy 64 on backhand. This is much better rubber for FH, many better control, better away from table, better spin. Better on BH, more control, all better game. Lasts more than Tenergy. I switch to Hexer to have better game. I don't use Tenergy because Hexer now best rubber for me.

Review 4: December 7, 2009
I play Tenergy 25 on my BH so most of these comparisons are relevantly biased against Tenergy. Hexer is better than Tenergy in some areas and worse in others, but overall I believe it is superior to Tenergy in the fact that it is lighter, less expensive and performs at a supreme level just as a different style (very linear). Can't wait to try Revo-Fire.

Review 5: November 26, 2009
Wow. I recommend this to any inverted topspin player. For months, i have trained with someone double my age, and with the hexer after a few sessions in adelaide, i started to destroy him. A nice low throw angle to keep the opponent under pressure constantly.

Review 6: November 25, 2009
Best rubber i have used. the throw angle is amazingly short and the spin it produces from nearly no effort at all is abosolutely amazing. It really puts the enemy under pressure from close-to-the-net topspins.

Review 7: November 11, 2009
First of all, I am a Asian and I was looking for a rubber that can perform the Chinese style loop instead of the European. I was told that DHS Huricane 3 was my only option but personally I don't like Chinese tacky rubber. Andro Hexer is exactly the rubber that can do the job pretty well. I gave my ratings according to the comparison with Donic F1 and JO Platin that I still have. The sponge of Andro Hexer is hard with no doubt BUT the feeling when playing with it is soft !! The grip (on the ball) that it has is in many ways comparable to Huricane 3 and it is non-tacky (at least when compared to Copa and F1). The only weakness it has is a slight lack of speed but it does matter much because it gives you powerful top spin with suitable throw angle required for Chinese style loop. Yes it is more spinny than F1 and Copa Platin (hard). I bought this rubber in Hong Kong and it worths the price (about USD $35).

Review 8: November 11, 2009
First of all, I am a Asian and I was looking for a rubber that can perform the Chinese style loop instead of the European. I was told that DHS Huricane 3 was my only option but personally I don't like Chinese tacky rubber. Andro Hexer is exactly the rubber that can do the job pretty well. I gave my ratings according to the comparison with Donic F1 and JO Platin that I still have. The sponge of Andro Hexer is hard with no doubt BUT the feeling when playing with it is soft !! The grip (on the ball) that it has is in many ways comparable to Huricane 3 and it is non-tacky (at least when compared to Copa and F1). The only weakness it has is a slight lack of speed but it does matter much because it gives you powerful top spin with suitable throw angle required for Chinese style loop. Yes it is more spinny than F1 and Copa Platin (hard). I bought this rubber in Hong Kong and it worths the price (about USD $35).

Review 9: November 10, 2009
Looking at the sponge construction, this is Andro's answer to Tenergy. The sponge looks very porous, and is quite heavy. There are differences however, making Hexer a good alternative for players looking for something a little less extreme. First off, I found it to be sightly less grippy than Tenergy. So, less easy spin available, but it reacts less to incoming spin as well. This makes it much easier for service returns and the short game in general. Great for flips. It also has a much lower throw, so it performs in a more "traditional" way. And it feels nice and controlled at low-medium pace. However, it really wakes up on hard hits, giving some serious pace. I suppose this makes it a little non-linear, but with a bit of adjustment it becomes a real advantage. I found it a little tough at first to lift backspin from over the table, but that was just a case of getting used to the low throw (I was coming from Tenergy 05). So, all-in-all, a real alternative to T05 for players who find it a bit over the top at times. Don't know how durable the rubber is yet though - hopefully better than tensors...

 

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