729 BATTLE I
Non to very light tack primarily a mechanical grip rubber, designed for mid distance play or backhand. Medium soft top sheet paired with large cell red medium sponge. Battle 1 has good control and nice ball feeling.
Manufacturer ratings (1-12):
SPONGE: 2.1MM Red stamped " 42deg"
I've used this rubber for a couple months now and really enjoy it. It's a little too fast for my BH, but it has great feel and blocks very well. I've used it more on my FH actually, although it was designed as a BH rubber. On the FH, it's amazing. Very fast and spinny with good feel and a great sound when you step into a drive. It's not too sensitive to incoming spin, and I would say that it does most things very well. It's definitely not a slow Chinese-style rubber. I gave it four stars because the sponge is somewhat crumbly to work with, and it's a challenge to glue down onto your blade. If you peel it off to reglue it, it curls up like a potato chip and is a nightmare to flatten out when glued again. Other than that, it's a solid rubber that I would recommend to people that have good control over their game and are not primarily defensive players. A great value when compared to T05 or other top level Japanese style rubbers!
Greetings, I have been using this one for a few months and I must say I'm impressed. An excellent BH rubber (in my opinion) when paired with a moderate or OFF- blade. A good FH rubber. I have handed this bat to a number of people and they all seem to agree that the control is fantastic. It only took about 4 hours of playing to break in. Glued easily, but the trimming process was a bit of a chore with this rubber. This rubber is excellent for receiving heavy spin on serves. I play with some 30-40 year veterans that know every trick in the book, and I seem to stay in the point more often. On the backhand, It blocks like a champ, and I'm able to place chops/cuts while keeping the ball low. When I turn the bat around I find the forehand very predictable, but I need a near-prefect stroke to get the mount of spin I'm accustomed to. If anything it is forcing me to be back off and focus more on technique. I wish I would have had settled on this rubber when I purchased my first custom bat. I would have saved me some heartache. For my next purchase, I was looking to buy the Hurricane Neo III for the forehand, however, the rubber quality here has me considering the BATTLE II, which is a tackier version.