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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...

 Donic Coppa JO Platin

"A wolf in sheep's clothing...
At first, this rubber sheet may seem a modest development on the COPPA JO Gold from Jan-Ove Waldner, but as soon as it has been glued to the blade, this "grenade" sets an entirely new benchmark.

* COPPA JO PLATIN is definitely the fastest and spiniest rubber in the FORMULA DONIC series with incorporated speed glue effect.
* COPPA JO PLATIN develops extreme dynamics when playing slightly off from the table.
* The sound and speed glue feeling of the COPPA JO PLATIN are in a class of their own.
* The bounce of the ball with the COPPA JO PLATIN is both longer and higher and this improves control and increases speed.
* The new top sheet, despite its enormous speed, allows good touch for short balls, spin, serves and returns.
* The durability of COPPA JO PLATIN has been improved considerably.

COPPA JO PLATIN is superior to its competitors in all important aspects. It really deserves the Platinum label. A real wolf in sheep's clothing! DONIC COPPA JO PLATIN SOFT for players who prefer a "softer weapon": Coppa JO Platin Soft is especially recommended for players who used to glue softer rubbers. Besides the highest speed and spin, the focus is here also on excellent ball control. Suitable for offensive players of almost all playing levels."

Ratings:

  • Speed: 10
  • Control: 6
  • Spin: 10+
  • Sponge: Soft+
  • Topsheet: Spin, Elastic

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 Donic Coppa JO Platin soft review:
Review by Baal (published with permission):

I had intended to order JO Platin but evidently made a mistake and ordered the soft version instead. Oh well. Sadly, the soft version was much too soft, somewhere between Donic Desto F1 and F2. If you like F1, you will probably like this one, the top sheet looks like it will be more durable and it is definitely spinnier than any of the rubbers in the Desto F series or Coppa Gold. I can't compare it to Coppa Silver which I've never tried. Speed of Platin Soft about the same as F1. For me I really noticed the liability of the soft sponge when looping at mid-distance or a bit farther back. I definitely prefer JO Coppa Gold.

Platin Soft has quite a high throw angle, and I bottomed out to wood more than I would like.

I think if you like F1, you may like this one better because it looks like it will definitely last longer and it is a bit spinnier. You may want to buy an adhesive rubber protector separately, since they no longer supply it with the sponge. If like me, you are a Coppa Gold fan, then Platin Soft won't work.

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Here are answers to questions that were suggested in a previous thread to be desired elements in a rubber review.

Speed: About the same as F1 Desto, definitely slower than JO Coppa gold.

Spin: Spinnier than any of hte other Donic tensors I have tried.

Tack level and grip: Not tacky in the way that Chinese sponge is tacky, but definitely grabs the ball. Reminiscent of a brand new sheet of Bryce.

Hardness: Very soft, somewhere bdtween F1 and F2.

Topsheet Quality: Looks more robust than any of the older Donic tensors.

Thickness: I used it in Red 2.2

Blade Used On: Butterfly Viscaria (Carbon-arylate, soft, fast blade)

Rubbers previously used: Too many to list, but I have tried all of the rubbers in the Donic tensor series, and many Butterfly rubbers. It plays a lot like F1 Desto. If you like that rubber, this one would be a good choice since it has several advantages, including quality of the top sheet and a bit spinnier.

At some point I will try Platin (not soft) and I am guessing I will like it a lot.

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