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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...

 Dawei 388d-1 long pimple rubber

“Helps cushioning the attacking speed, and is suitable for defense by deception and drifting trajectories. When hitting the ball, it has a tendency to dip/drop downwards. Effective and suitable for defense by loop driving.”


  • Long skinny Pips out rubber
  • Strange Effect on Ball
  • Can generate attack
  • Can be VERY Deceptive
  • Can throw Knuckle ball effect
  • Sponge 0.6mm or OX (no sponge)

Ratings :

  • Speed: 9+
  • Spin: 9++
  • Control: 9+


This is the latest long pimpled rubber from DAWEI. This is the new and improved version of the standard 388D, with the new Exonsor gluing technology, providing better speed, spin & control, with some tension between the rubber and sponge.

New technology has significantly improved both the spin and speed of the rubber, plus marginal improvement in control. Very little information is available for this rubber, although from the physical characteristics it is likely to be highly deceptive because of the grippy and flexible pimples.

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 Dawei 388d-1 review:
This is a very deceptive, fairly slow, long pimples rubber. The pimples are skinny, very flexible and grippy. This allows you to put a lot of variation on returns. This is essential at the higher levels of competition, as simple spin reversal will no longer fool your opponent.

Blocking against topspin loops is very good and easy, although some minor adjustment need to be made for high spin loops (because of the extra grip).  It produces a low flat ball, hard to attack again. The sponge really absorbs a lot of the power, taking the pace off the return, producing an awkward slow floating ball, very hard to loop again. Chop block also worked well and are effective.

Hitting against chops is easy and consistent, and produces decent spin reversal. Chopping against chop can be kept low as long as a full stroke is made.

I found it has very good control in the short game. I was able to block or chop short balls with easy, and I had great control over the placement.  Even 'no spin' balls were easy to handle.

Choppers will find the 388D-1 offer very good control mid-distance against loops, with good spin reversal. By changing the angle of your chopping strokes, sidespin can be produced against spinny loops. Only against long distance loops, with this fairly slow long pimpled rubber you'll have to generate some of your own pace to return the ball to the table.

The best thing this rubber offer is variation. Against return of serve, by changing the stroke and angle slightly, a lot of variation of spin is returned, consistently drawing errors from the opponent.

I tried this rubber on the super fast Stiga Tube Aluminium. This is a very good and cheap long pimple rubber – particularly accessible to those new to the world of long pimples. Offers excellent spin reversal for defending and offers good disturbance in over the table blocks, pushes against service and flicks. TIP: Try serving off the logo and writing at the bottom of the rubber for some service spin as a variation... This rubber is more suited to the away from the table defensive player who likes to come in and flick drop shots and service with their long pimples. Speed 5, Effect 7.5, and Control 5.5. Weight – 20g (0.6mm) ....tabletennissam

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