new high tech rubber from Dawei featuring a High Tension rubber and Tension
has great elasticity and is easy to control. Loops can be done with little
effort, great spin and fantastic speed. It has a low loop arc and is great for
hitting against spin or loop-kill"
A rubber sheet for the professionals. This rubber has the speed and spin of a speed glued rubber sheet. Great speed and spin, and very good feel.
User Reviews (from internet/newsgroups, etc):I just got 6 sheets in for sale with more to come, and it's awesome if you want a more euro style looping rubber. It's very mechanically spinny but not real sticky. It's a super tensioned 40deg sponge (reverse domed) and faster than anything I've ever sold. Glue pop is in a class with joola.
Pumbaaw, I have tried many many rubbers, BTY, Stiga, starting from the most expensive ones, but still going back to Dawei, and decided to stock many of them. I've been using Dawei 388A-4.
It's no use just saying how much I like it, without saying why or how it suits my play, since different players have different styles and may find other rubbers more suitable for them. I need a rubber that allows topspin loop and flat hit at the same time. When I loop, I don't want the ball to get down to the wood so easily, and yet sinks into the rubber enough to get a good grip. When I hit, I do want the ball to get down to the wood to reduce dwell time and hence giving me control over opponent's spin. So, that means I need a medium sponge, softened by speed glue, plus a spinny top sheet, yet non-tacky. I have problem with some of those high tension rubbers that return the ball without a chance to exert spin, especially when the ball is too slow to sink in. I prefer Dawei over RITC because the hardness between topsheed and sponge is quite compatible; you don't have a hard topsheed coupled with a very very soft sponge, or vice versa. Dawei is as light as Butterfly rubbers, lighter than traditional chinese rubbers like DHS and hardsponged RITC, but not as light as STIGA Innova/Neos. Lastly, the price allows me to change the rubber more often, especially due to speed gluing, which causes many rubbers not to last, even the expensive ones.
I've played with the Dawei 388A-4 on 2.5 sponge. I preferred it without speedglue because it is BLAZINGLY fast.
Jolan, congrats! Hope you'll discover Sprung the way I did. I was astound at the way this rubber plays. Sprung gives you, on one end of the spectrum, Chinese stickiness and control and, on the other end, Euro/Jap speed and power. Finally, the one rubber that can bridge the two worlds!?
Luke, the Sprungfeder sponge is the Goldway Cannon. It's 40 degree hardness and it is majorly fast -- especially when speedglued. This is the most explosive glued rubber I've ever played with. It is going to hit a faster loop than the Cream MRS. But because of the sticky Cream topsheet, the 729 stuff will be spinnier on serves, pushes, chops.
Sprungfeder is amazing, plays like euro/jap rubbers with chinese control. Don't be afraid when you unpack the sheet, it rolls like an egyptian papyrus, but after gluing, it becomes somehow controllable and u may stick it on yr blade easily.
After reading reviews of the Dawei Sprungfeder
on this forum and others I decided to give it a try and so imported a sheet of
Red 2.2, 40# sponge from Hiqua to the UK. I primed it with a couple of layers of
glue last night and then put 2 layers of Fair Chack on before playing. As others
have noted, when you take the Sprungfeder out of
the packet it curls into a scroll, however the 2 layers of glue were enough to
get a respectable reverse dome. I put the Bryce FX (also speed glued) on the
other side of my Viscaria to give a direct comparison of the two rubbers.
GraemeW, your assessment of the Sprungfeder is right on. I've been looking for for less expensive alternative for Bryce/Bryce FX and I believe the Sprungfeder is it.
Sprungfeder is Bryce with good manner--Sort of a kinder & gentler Bryce. Almost as fast as Bryce, but more forgiving, more control. Like you I found its sponge just right in terms of hardness--A tad harder than H3, thus not plagued with H3's high throw. The sponge together with the topsheet provide a wide range of looping gear, from slow to fast, impact to brushing. This rubber can do it all.
Best kept little Chinese secret. Until now.