Comments / Reviews:
Galaxy 955 0.6mm sponge:
This is truly the most remarkable long pimpled rubber I have ever tried. This rubber offer outstanding control for a chopping style game, but also provides outstanding offensive ability.
This is a very deceptive, medium pace, long pimples rubber. The pimples are skinny, a little stiff and very grippy. This allows you to put a lot of variation of spin on your returns. This is essential at the higher levels of competition, as simple spin reversal will no longer fool your opponent. I class this rubber as highly deceptive because itís so easy to change the amount of spin you return by only slight changes in strokes.
Because of the grippy pimples, this rubber also allows you to impart significant spin yourself. With a very fast chopping action if you come right under the ball, itís often taken my opponent by surprise how much spin I could put on the ball, especially since most people expect NO spin off a long pimpled rubber.
Chopping against loops, the spin reversal is quite good, but the best thing with this rubber is that itís so easy to take all the spin off the ball as well, with only a slight change in the angle of the bat. The ease of doing this made this rubber unique, as none of the other long pimpled rubber I have tried made it this easy.
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 of this long pimpled rubber). Your bat must be slightly closed, and must have some forward movement. By changing the angle of the bat you can change the pace and the spin. If you come through fast enough the ball comes off quite fast. It generally produces a low flat ball, hard to attack again, but with some minor changes in the action, you can produce some topspin or backspin. The spin reversal on blocks is not all that great, but chop blocks are fairly easy (if you have the reflexes), so you can produce decent backspin this way.
Hitting against chops is easy and consistent, and produces decent spin reversal. Chopping against chop can be kept very 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 for a long pimpled rubber!
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 also tried the 1mm sponged version of this rubber, which played similar. I found I could generate even more spin with this rubber, and it seemed a little easier to block with, but it lost a little in control, as it seemed a little more susceptible to incoming spin. It was quite a fair bit faster too.
Conclusion: This is not the most deceptive long pimple rubber out there, and does not produce the greatest (but still decent) long pimple effects. However the control, and ability to generate your own deception is remarkable, and this is what is required at the higher levels of competition.
NOTE: This review was put together with input from a long pimpled chopper (myself) and a long pimpled attacker (a friend), who have both used this rubber extensively. However these are personal opinions, and your experience may be quite different, depending on your style and level of play.