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Spintech Spin Power Rubber  Review




Spintech Spin Power Review

Spintech originally launched their line of products five years ago. Then and there a new legend was born. Just like how Yasaka has Mark V, Butterfly has Sriver, and Stiga has Mendo (recently more of the ACS line); Spintech has a flagship rubber of their own in Spinpower. Thanks to Spintech putting Spinpower on the monthly specials, I decided to take another look at Spinpower, but this time in the 40mm era.

Spin 9.5 (9.6 when glued)
Speed 9.2 (9.5 when glued)
Control 9.8 (9.6 when glued)

*These number ratings are based and compared to other rubbers in its class (allround rubbers such as Sriver, Mark V..etc)

SPEED GLUE: The reglue effect is noticeable but not overwhelming like some of the other Spintech rubbers. It has a medium high effect similar to rubbers such as Donic J.O. Waldner, Stiga Mendo, and Yasaka Mark V. However, I did notice a unique characteristic of Spinpower which happens to be its ability to retain glue for longer periods of time. I can glue up in the afternoon and the effect will last until the morning. Without a doubt, there is more elasticity but it does not come at the expense of control.

SERVING: The topsheet is can be described like that of Sriver but it is much softer and provides better spinning ability especially on short control shots such as serving, pushing, flips etc. Producing spin on the serve is effortless and the long dwell time just makes serving more effective. The dwell time will definitely benefit all players and most likely making their serves more difficult to return.

LOOPING: Spinpower’s combination of a soft sponge and tacky topsheet make it the ultimate blend of control and power. Looping underspin balls is remarkably easier because the launch angle is a bit higher than most of the new 40mm rubbers being introduced now. Since Spinpower is so versatile, it offers multiple gears while looping. Anything from slow and spiny to loop drives are executable with Spinpower Unlike other soft sponge rubbers, Spinpower does not feel mushy on the hardest of hits. Spinpower is also forgiving on the loops so slight off timed loops will still land on the table. Spinpower’s main looping strength lies within its versatility. The wide range of loops will keep opponents on their toes not knowing what is coming up next. The medium long dwell time also adds spin and control to loops. Giving players the ability to place the ball on the table without losing “juice.” The medium elastic sponge improves off the table play even though it is not as springy as BlackJack Ace or Dynasty Gold. Players who are learning how to loop or trying to improve their loop should definitely give Spinpower a try before looking elsewhere.

BLOCKING: Even though Spinpower plays a solid offensive game, it does not sacrifice defense in the process. The higher launch angle allows easy blocking. The launch angle isn’t so high that the ball will go off the table but just right to keep the ball in play. The slight elasticity doesn’t affect blocking at all. Spinpower is a true allround rubber making it suitable for blockers and attackers alike. Also the ball doesn’t bounce into the net, the higher launch angle helps players with this problem without having to change their motion.

HITTING: Spinpower’s allround capabilities extend to hitting just as well. Attackers who weight heavily on smashing and hitting can’t go wrong with Spinpower. One thing about Spinpower is that it spins when you want it to and it play slow or fast when you want it to. Now that’s control. Hitting doesn’t seem to require as much effort as some of the other allround rubbers. Unlike some of the other soft rubbers, the rubber didn’t allow the ball to get to the wood, allowing players to keep control of their hits. Don’t forget how the medium long dwell time improves spin control on almost all shots.

PUSHING: Unlike some other 40mm rubbers that have difficulty generating spin on pushes, Spinpower doesn’t have this problem. The dwell time combined with the semi tacky topsheet allow Spinpower to generate the spin that most players demand. Spinpower is somewhat elastic, but not so much in a way that the ball pops high off pushes.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: I found Spinpower to be one of the most versatile rubbers on the market. As its allround playing characteristics will suit any game. Some of you have probably heard that Spinpower is similar to Mark V. However, Spinpower has a more elastic sponge and also a slightly softer and tackier topsheet. The throw angles are almost identical. I did notice that Spinpower has a longer life span than Mark V therefore being a wiser investment. I found Spinpower to play better on blades in the ALL+ to OFF range since blades between those speeds can really exploit the advantages that Spinpower has to offer. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, Spinpower is suitable for any type of player. Spinpower is clearly a classic, and like the other flagship rubbers, it will be around for decades to come. Like the rest of Spintech’s equipment line, Spinpower is freshly produced in order to provide maximum durability and playback. Even five years ago, I doubted that Spintech knew what a success Spinpower would be today. With all the other new technologies coming out, Spinpower has passed the test of time and continues to be one of Spintech’s top selling rubbers. (This review was based on 2.1)