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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...

 Nittaku  Hammond X

HAMMOND X has greatly increased spin while maintaining excellent speed! Hammond X is a new generation based on the "integrated Energy (ID) rubber HAMMOND. Hammond X differs from Hammond in that the brand-new technology "nano-composite" is used when mixing the chemical component of Hammond X. In the "nano-composite", the chemical component ground up to nano level is compounded, so the characteristic of each component is emphasized. In particular, the sponge of Hammond X has 70% synthetic rubber to make the spring effect maximized as the result of the nano-composite. So, you will find that spin is greatly increased, while maintaining excellent speed!

Characteristics:

  • Speed: 9.4

  • Spin: 9.6

  • Control: 7.2

 

 

 Nittaku Hammond X Review:
I tried this rubber out on a number of blades from ALL to OFF + the very week this rubber hit the American market in Spring 2006. This rubber is a totally new kind of rubber using nano technology - where the scientists grind the stuff so small (like I will do to Speedplay) that you measure the particals on a nano scale, then they somehow reassemble the stuff into a topsheet. The sponge receives some high tech hybryd modifications as well, mostly synthetic stuff. The concept is like taking a VW beetle, roving the motor, and replacing it with a Porsche motor, then modifying the suspension and everything else to make the endstate something totally different and high performance over the former. I personally think they had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles throw some Nittaku Midship (a Sriver like rubber) into a nuclear reactor and pull it out before it totally melted. This is the Six-Million Dollar Man of TT rubbers. (Old 70s American TV show where the government rebuilds a dying man using bioinic body parts to give him super human strength and speed) Please respond with your opinions.

Nittaku's marketing machine says:
HAMMOND X has greatly increased spin while maintaining excellent speed! Hammond X is a new generation based on the "integrated Energy (ID) rubber HAMMOND. Hammond X differs from Hammond in that the brand-new technology "nano-composite" is used when mixing the chemical component of Hammond X. In the "nano-composite", the chemical component ground up to nano level is compounded, so the characteristic of each component is emphasized. In particular, the sponge of Hammond X has 70% synthetic rubber to make the spring effect maximized as the result of the nano-composite. So, you will find that spin is greatly increased, while maintaining excellent speed!

Der_Echte's real No-Shit observations...
The marketing statement fails to tell you that you are participating in the largest secret government experiment of all history. The stuff does work like advertized, though.

Speed: Fast! Very Fast. A couple notches below Couga. Best noted on drives and fast loops.
Control: Surprisingly good on drives and passive shots. Loops close to the table take some getting used to. Mid distance loops are sweet - nice control.
Spin: Average on serves, excellent on drives sinking the ball to wood. Kreanga-like on mid distance loops with a full stroke.
Thickness: I used 2.2 Black
Tackiness: A little, not a lot. It is a grippy rubber.
Sponge: Medium stiff. Gives different properties with the type of stroke. Full explosion of catapult on full swing drives and powerloops.
Weight: Average
Price: Slightly expensive, kinda like saying you got slightly schloshed drinking Absolut Vodka
Throw Angle: Medium Low
Power: X-Men like on all shots using anything more than an moderate swing, kind of proportional increase.
Ball Feeling: Best on full swings, but great on pushes and receiving serves.

Who this rubber is for: Anyone wishing to benefit from a rubber that has astounding catapult effect and monster spin. A player with good drive and loop strokes will love this one. Aggressive mid distance loopers can powerloop all day to the bank. Hitters who use a tacky rubber for the other surface to setup 3rd ball smashes off the serve will absolutely crave Hammond X. A Blocker/Counterdriver can benefit as well. Choppers and classic defenders should look elsewhere.

Match Performance: You put the sheet on your favorite OFF blade and groan in anticipation of breaking it out at your club for the first time. You think " Man, am I gonna bust something out on these guys" and you do. You open up with warm up drills and right off the bat you feel how you get proportional increases in speed and spin, all with acceptable control. This rubber does take some getting used to, but which ones don't? You setup a hard drive and hit it. The ball seems to be moving at a different speed than your opponent! You fall back a meter to loop. You let it fly. The ball goes into the sponge enough and the loop goes fast and true with tremendous topspin to land it safely on medium and fast loops. You get into position and REALLY let loose your powerloop. All the opponent sees is a white or orange blur move at a supersonic pace from below the table to just over the net to near the endline - truly amazing what this does at high speeds. I truly can compare this increased effect of speed and spin to ever increasingly pushing down on the accellerator of a BMW 750i somewhere out on Autobahn 7 heading towards Ulm - nothing to stop you as you go to 120 km/h, then 140... 280... (that is nothing but opponents' superior skills and allround play!) Serves are par for the course and pushes/passive shots are predictable and controlable - the firmish sponge is consistant at low speeds. The speed of your drives seem like they will go off the table, but you produce more spin than you think and they land in. Driving at high speeds and aggressively looping the ball are the strongest points of this setup.

I know I have talked this one up a bit, but I couldn't help myself. This rubber is a unique offensive powerhouse.

Review by Der_Echte (published with permission) OOAK forum: http://forum.oneofakindtrading.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=354

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