GAMBLER MECH-TEK OH-TORO
GAMBLER Mech-Tek Oh-Toro is a moderate speed mechanical rubber perfect for players who prefer a bouncy rubber with a high grip and soft feeling. Mech-Tek Oh-Toro uses a taller pip geometry arranged in a diagonal array giving enhanced ability to hold the ball longer and catapult effect. Mech-Tek Oh-Toro characteristics are closely associated with the “European style” of play, or alternatively “Chinese style” backhand.
GAMBLER Mech-Tek Oh-Toro is directly comparable in speed and spin with the top brands of Japan, being faster than Sriver®, and slower than Tenergy®.
Use of Tuners: Just like the top Japanese rubbers Mech-Tek Oh-Toro actually will get slower after tuning. Gambler generally does not recommend the use of tuners with this high performance rubber, however after a week of play post tuner the rubber picks back the original speed and a touch more spin. If you must use tuner only use paraffin based formulas NEVER mineral oil based tuners.
So to disclose this, I received a free sheet in 2.1mm as a giveaway. I also purchased a sheet each in red and black after some play time with the first one. I have 2 blades, a one-ply hinoki with the black, and a 5 ply blade with 2 kevlar layers that has the red on it. Having used Nine Ultra Tack for over a year, I wasn't sure how I would like a purely mechanical rubber. First impression is its ease of use, and its speed (also its lighter than the NineUT). It excels at blocking, driving, and hitting. Pushes are surprisingly easy as well. Slower, spinny loops aren't as good as the NineUT, and lifting against backspin is also not as simple, but if you hit hard, this rubber will reward you with great loop drives. It plays like a toned down version of T64, including the lower arc (the speed is accurately mentioned as between Sriver and Tenergy). So far the black sheet has about 30hrs of play time, feels exactly the same. The red sheet felt different out of the package, slightly tacky, but after a few hits it went away and played similar to the black. Its a great value, and it shines in its ease of use compared to its performance. Definitely better when used aggressively, the more you put into it, the more it gives in return. Given I prefer hybrid and tacky rubbers, generally, this was something I didn't think I would enjoy using but its my new favorite backhand rubber!