GAMBLER NINE ULTRA TACK
Nine Ultra Tack is an aggressive tacky Hybrid style rubber, perfect for players who prefer a tacky or sticky surface to hold the ball, with modern era feel and power. Utilizing a tacky surface + taller pip geometry, Nine Ultra Tack generates deadly spin while still maintaining the ability to create high velocity.
After playing with my last sheet on my forehand, I ordered a red 2.1 for my backhand. The red sheet was noticeably more tacky than the black sheet I first ordered, and I was concerned this would affect the qualities I valued the first time around. After a few hours of play the extra tackiness fell off a bit but it still produced great spin and speed yet the blocks were just a little tougher than before. Overall it really is a versatile rubber.
I ordered black 2.1mm for my forehand (I primarily play modern defender style) and this rubber was the most versatile sheet I've ever used. Typically a rubber will excel at one thing-more spin, more speed etc at the expense of other qualities. Nine Tack seemed to do whatever I wanted it to do. It blocked fast shots well. It generates a lot of spin and speed on attack. And for me, it chopped better than any rubber I've used that was designed specifically for that purpose. Its great. Especially for the price!
I was pleasantly surprised with this rubber. I played this on my backhand on Primorac Carbon blade and I was able to open attack on chops, block easily, control my chops. A little softer compared to H3 neo but pretty much does everything that I desired. Though it has seen only 3 hours of play, I feel good about this rubber.
Using 2.1mm red. This rubber I Feel has a noticeable break in period. I did not boost/tune. First 3 hours I felt it was the worst of both worlds. I lacked the blocking of mechanical and the speed/spin of tacky. But after 3 hours, the rubber came alive, and now it feels like the high control hybrid rubber I expected. Blocks are a bit difficult due to the tacky topsheet, but are still doable. Flicks are average. But when struck harder, this combination really delivers a low throw loop with low bounce. You don't need to hit as hard compared to other tacky rubbers due to the softer sponge/topsheet. I recommend this to people wanting to transition between tacky/bouncy rubbers, as this is a good medium. Great for players training to improve. I will try 1.7 next as I feel I lack the power needed to hit hard enough consistently to bring out the best of this rubber.