Joola Octopus long
DEF - / DEF extreme
Control: extra high
Two of the world’s best defensive players, Chen Weixing and Latin
American Champion Liu Song rely on the new long pimples rubber OCTOPUS,
which has been developed in conjunction with these two defensive
With OCTUPUS you can play extreme chop shots and also add variation by
taking the ball early at the table. An extra hard sponge provides
extremely awkward effects for your opponent.
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Joola Octopus review
This rubber is supposedly similar to the famous TSP p-1r
but with a firmer sponge, and made in the same TSP factory. It is grippy
long pimple, of very high quality and suitable for more advanced
Octopus is a much softer pip than I've tried before on
a 50deg sponge, and is the most grippy. If you stand 2 meters back from
the table, bounce the ball on the floor, then contact it at table
height, you can do a lovely topspin to bring the ball down onto the
other side of the table!
Obviously the angles of the strokes are totally different to FS.
Blocking against drive or moderate topspin is more or less a vertical
block. Against heavy topspin the blade needs to contact the ball on the
top and closed.
Chop blocking is great. Not being so dependent on incoming spin really
benefits. My training partner is very used to pips and he was having
Punch or hitting against backspin produces the usual topspin curve, but
the blade needs to be almost closed. Attacking backspin is easy but the
angle is more closed and the stroke more wristy than FS.
Attacking no spin balls is lovely. You can hit or topspin, your choice!
The problem for me is closing the blade, it is against all my instincts
so I need to relearn it. But I'll certainly stick with this for a coupla
weeks. I've also got some Frustration to try and also, my coaches
advice, some Half Long. Review by Julian