with "Made in Germany" technology! A new era begins in table tennis!
JOOLA presents a real novelty in the rubber section after laborious and
long development work. In co-operation with the best rubber experts
worldwide JOOLA has developed the JOOLA express in Germany.
The JOOLA express is the first rubber that not only has our Green-Power
technology with incorporated speed glueing effect, but also provides
considerably more spin and speed than conventional rubbers. The harmful
effects of speed glueing are omitted.
The soft version (42.5°) of the JOOLA express suits players, who demand
precise topspin and backspin strokes, without losing the power of JOOLA
express in open play.
- Speed: 10+
- Control: 6+
- Spin: 10
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Joola Express Two review:
Review by: Tuan Pham - Georgia State University Table
Tennis Club President (published with permission)
There was no cover sheet included in either versions of Express. This
makes me think that the topsheet must be quite durable. The looks of the
rubber is similar to Jo Platin but reflects more light. Does that have
any significance? Who knows...
The sponge color of Express One is exactly the same as Donic Coppa Jo
Platin Soft. This made me believe that the speed qualities of Express
should be similar to Platin. Express two has yellow sponge similar to
Samba. I pressed down on the rubber to test the sponge hardness of both
Express One and Express Two and Express One is definitely harder than Jo
Platin while Express Two is softer than Platin.
Back to the topsheet. I tried bouncing the rubbers on my Timo Boll
Spirit (glued with X-Glue) and noticed that the speed of Express One and
Two were relatively the same. I threw the ball towards the blade and
loaded it up with backspin to see how grippy the topsheet was and I have
to say that it's a major improvement over Joola Energy Green Power and
Joola Energy Xtra. The height of the bounce was very close to how well
my Glued/Tuned Mambo H was. So with that in mind, it's pretty fast.
I have to say that countering with this rubber (either One or Two) is a
breeze. It's not too slow where you have to force the ball past the net
and it's not too fast where you have to loosen up the wrist and have
god-like feel to avoid missing the table. I had my friend Calvin drive a
couple balls at me and it came back just great! The control from
blocking was surprising to me. I haven't trie punching at the ball from
a loop-drive but steering the ball to either side of the table was
relatively easy. I'm not sure why but that's what happened.
Pushing was also ok, I was able to get some pretty good spin when
pushing and the distance was about 2/3 to the edge of the table. There
wasn't anything spectacular about it to me. I'll have to say that
generating A LOT of spin with a push is going to be harder than I
Now onto the loops. This is my favorite part of my test because I just
love it!. I'll defintely use Express One for my FH and Express Two for
my BH. You'll need a lot of arm speed to get the most out of Express One
when looping. I tried a brush loop and it was definitely not good. You
hear that squeek and then the ball drops. The topsheet is definitely
grippier than my Platin. I'm not sure if it's the topsheet itself or if
it's in conjunction with the sponge but I got some good dips with my
loops. One thing i noticed was that I was not used to the harder sponge
at first and all my loops went off the table. This made me realize that
either a) I need to swing faster to get more spin and sponge penetration
to make the ball land in or b) I need to take a bit of speed off to make
the loops more consistent. It will definitely take me a couple more
swings to get the full jist of this rubber for sure. On the other hand,
my backhand (with Express Two) has never been this consistent. The
whipping motion in conjuction with the softer sponge really makes it
easy to load up spin for the backhand.
This is where I had a lot of trouble with this rubber. My timing was
completely off when trying to serve with both versions of Express on the
FH. The fast and long serves worked very nicely, had trouble with no
spin serves, and loaded backspin serves were inconsistent but at times
very spinny. I think that all of this is due to the timing issue so i'll
have to revisit this section later on.
Final Thoughts for the day:
I feel like this rubber is Joola AIR! but with a grippier topsheet.
Exactly what I want! I would recommend Express Two to loopers for sure,
especially on the BH. Express One is definitely a nasty weapon. With the
proper timing and swing, I see no problem blasting people away with it.
Service returns were also easy to control, similar to JO Platin. The
important part will be to see how well the topsheet lasts and if the
speed decreases much. I've had platin for a month and there is not much
of a decrease in the speed and the grip is still there. Will give
another update on Wednesday before I give a definite conclusion.