755 LONG PIPS-OUT WITH SPONGE
755 long pips Table Tennis rubber - ONE NEW SHEET of RITC Friendship 755 Long Pips-Out Table Tennis/Ping Pong Rubber with Sponge.
Called “the most deceptive long pip in the world”, 755 does have a strange effect on the ball. Beginning players will block shots and confuse opponents with randomized spin, and dead balls. Veterans of this rubber get desired effect not just random effect form blocks. This rubber chops well, hits well also, balls that are struck with force have a tendency to sink, further causing your opponent trouble. If you have the reflexes, 755 plays a devastating close to the table hitting and blocking game.
I've used this long pip rubber for many years and also have used long pips from other brands as well (Butterfly Feint Soft, DHS C8, etc). The Friendship 755 are easily the most deceptive LPs that I've seen or used. There's very little spin reversal, which means the incoming spin on the ball reflects back to the opponent. I've marked up a spare ball with dots and you can see that a spinning ball seems to skip on top of the pips in the same direction (when letting the ball bounce on a horizontal blade). Other long pips (except DHS C8) will either just slow the spin of the ball for a dead ball, or reverse the spin totally (like pips-in rubber does, but to a lesser extent). Pushes are deceptive and can be a bit squirrely for the other players. Chop/floats are excellent and cause unaware opponents to return into the net. Surprisingly, attacking is also decent if you have the opportunity to smash back a loose ball. However, you will not impart much, if any, topspin when trying to attack. I've used both red and black in 0.6 and 1.0mm sponges. I believe the differences are negligible. As always, the thicker sponge will be a bit faster, and the thinner will be a little more controlled. However, the 1.0mm option is a very controllable long pip too. In summary, an excellent long pip (and it doesn't cost $50). Highly recommended.