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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...

 Killerspin  Forza 4Z

"Killerspin Forza 4z was developed for those players who play a relentless topspin game. The tacky and springy topsheet creates dynamic spins, while a soft high tension sponge allows for superior ball feel. Forza 4z really comes into its own when speed glued, generating heavy loops as easily as touch shots. Made in Japan. ITTF approved.

Used by Killerspin players Eric Owens, Biba Golic, Andrei Filimon, Ilija Lupulesku, Mark Hazinski, Sasa Drinic, and Adam Hugh. Use the Killerspin rubber cleaner foam to keep your rubber at the optimal performance level.

Ratings:

  • Speed 89
  • Spin 92
  • Control 92
  • Thicknesses MAX
  • Weight (cut to racket size) 42-43g"

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 Killerspin Forza 4Z Review:
Review: Forza 4z (MAX black) on a TSP Balsaplus 4.5 blade

1. The reviewer:
Intermediate to high level club level player, modern defender (Chinese style looper on FH). Blade TSP Balsaplus 4.5.

2. Physical Properties:
Simple but nice and neat packaging. Sheet looks of very good quality, similar to other Japanese made sheets. It has a rigid adhesive plastic protection sheet which reveals a soft and non-tacky but grippy and very smooth topsheet. Measured hardness is 39deg (with respect to other rubbers in the Sponge Hardness Table). Most Japanese made sheets don't have plastic sheets attached, expect a few like TSP/JUIC, so these sheets may be made in the same factory perhaps.

3. Speed:
Speed of the rubber is relatively fast, and feels quite linear like most non-glue effect Japanese rubbers. Feels in a similar speed range to Sriver/Mark V but a little faster. Rubber does not feel that bouncy, so speed is not too high and very controllable in the short game. It comes off quite fast on fast loops & smashes.

4. Spin:
Spin on serves and chops is average, similar to other Japanese non-tacky rubbers. On loops the spin was well above average, but not high, but spin increased on harder loops. The makes it a good offensive looping/counterlooping rubber.
Even slow spinny loops are quite possible, as the topsheet feels soft and grippy.

5. Control:
Control on this rubber is excellent. It feels relatively insensitive to spin, similar to euro style rubbers with grippy topsheets. The soft topsheet gives you a bit more dwell time, which gives you that extra control when directing your loops.

6. Other Playing properties:
Throw of the rubber is fairly low to medium. It does not have any glue feel or sound like a glued rubber. The sponge is firm enough to not bottom out on even the hardest hits.

7. Reference:
I'd compare the rubber to something like Mark V, but a little faster, but the feel and control is similar, and durability is likely to be good as well.

8. Other comments Other unique properties...
Rubber is not particularly unique or special, but is good for an alround offensive style, and priced similarly to other rubbers in the same catagory. Tuning or speed glue would probably give it that extra speed/spin to stand out, but even without it it's quite a decent rubber.

Review by Alex (published with permission)

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