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Few weeks ago, I bought Butterfly Super Anti, Yasaka Anti Power, and Nittaku Best Anti. So far I have only been able to try the Anti Power and the Super Anti. I will add to this blog entry as play more with the anti rubbers.
So far I am not impressed. The pluses do not out weigh the minuses. First I have a relatively good BH with which I can pressure or attack. I feel I give that up when I use anti rubber. I can only block and flat hit and hope the opponent screws up and dumps a ball into the net. The good thing about playing with anti is that it can block very fast drives and loops and the anti rubber takes a lot of pace off the ball. Also, once the opponent realizes that they dumping balls in the net they become more cautious and that give me more opportunities to attack with my FH. Also I have found that my BH is avoided.
I have the Super Anti mounted on my TBS with Tenergy 05 on the FH. The Anti Power is on my Samsonov Alpha with Mark V max on the FH.
Different of Super Anti & Anti Power
The basic difference between Super Anti and Anti Power is that Super Anti’s top sheet has less friction than the Anti Power but neither rubber is a frictionless as I would want and neither are close to Pogo 0X LP in that regard. I think this difference is easy to see. The other big difference is the ‘speed’ or how bouncy the rubbers are. The Anti Power seems to be the deader of the two rubbers. Rarely have hard hit balls bounced long with the Anti power and sometimes in close touch situations I have failed to hit the ball hard enough to get it over the net. Super Anti is ‘faster’. I think this is obvious too.
At this time I prefer the Super Anti because it does slip the balls a little more and allows a little more ‘spin reversal’ even though it doesn’t do quite as well at blocking fast drives and loops because it is more lively. If I do get the ball back the ‘spin reversal’ will be a bigger problem for the opponent.
At this point I would rather play with the Pogo LP 0X than anti. LPs cause much more fear, uncertainty and doubt than the anti but LP is harder to play with and don’t block the hard shots as well as anti. I can attack with top spin with LPs which is something I give up with anti.
Playing with my Samsonov Alpha+H2 Neo+Anti Power
I played against an experience player that had played with anti before but now uses SP on his BH. He was a good looper too. We just hit balls but he was doing slightly better until I tried chopping with the anti. That seem to be the weak spot. He had great difficult with my chops. Meanwhile the H2 Neo played well. No big adjustment was needed. It seemed natural. I don’t think H2 Neo is all the hype makes it out to be but it is a good rubber. When hitting backhands I switched the H2 Neo to the BH and it played well. The general consensus I get from almost every body is that I shouldn’t be using anti. My BH is too good relatively to be screwing around with anti or LPs.
I did find I could play better with anti if I was more aggressive with my shots. Anti rubber is not as frictionless we are led to believe. I still have to watch out for spinny serves but they didn’t affect the anti as much. I could put top spin on the ball but it takes a more open or vertical stroke to do so and as I said the chopping seemed to work well too.
I played the best with my Instinct+2xReflectoid. I beat a young looper that I hadn’t beat before. This looper would spin balls off my paddle until last night.
My Favorite Table Tennis Video
I watched many times of the Henzel video. I liked his tomahawk serve. Monkey see monkey do. I now have a wicked tomahawk serve. It keeps me in games that I would lose otherwise. I serve them fast, low, long, at all angles and very spinny. Loopers have a lot of problems trying to do opening loops on these serves and I don’t give them time to react. I have learned from the videos on this site. I see what is possible and then I do my monkey see monkey do imitation.
Tomorrow, I take the Samsonov Alpha with H2 Neo and Anti Power and my TBS+T05+Super Anti to the club along with my favorite Instinct+2xReflectoid.
All 3 Anti Rubbers Being Tested
I have now played with all three of the anti rubbers I bought. Again they are the Butterfly Super Anti, Yasaka Anti Power, Nittaku Best Anti.
Actually I didn’t find that much difference between them. If I someone asks me which one to try first I would say the Nittaku Best Anti. Best Anti is as good as the Super Anti at absorbing fast balls returning balls without modifying the spin or what most call spin reversal. The big difference is that Best Anti is cheaper, almost as cheap as some CN rubbers. Power Anti does not seem to be quite as anti as the other two but the difference is slight. Too be fair I didn’t test all the rubbers on the same paddle. The Super Anti is on a TBS, the Best Anti is on a BalsaCarbo X5 and the Anti Power was on my Samsonov Alpha.
My first impressions when trying anti rubbers is that they were not as anti as I expected. You can’t just put the paddle in the way of a fast ball and expect it to go back. The paddle must be angled or closed correctly as anti does have some friction. When blocking loops one still must estimate the speed and top spin of the incoming ball accurately to close the paddle correctly. There is no magic here. I had played with Pogo 0X before and the anti rubbers respond more to the spin than the LP. The anti rubbers do a better job of absorbing energy than the 0X LP but the anti ‘spin reversal’ is is not as great.
Easy Chop With All Rubbers
I found that I can chop with all the anti rubbers. It is relatively easy. I have this drill where I loop one and then chop one. I found this to be the best/safest option if caught back from the table and the ball is low. You can’t loop with anti. You can get some top spin and will notice a little drop but it isn’t like what you get from an offensive inverted. Hitting with top spin back from the table takes a little getting used to because the paddle must be very open compared to other offensive inverted rubbers. There simply isn’t the same tangential impulse ( geek speak ) with anti rubber.
I spent a few hours with the Newgy with up to 5 paddles in front of me right there at the table so I could quickly switch between the paddles. I also compared my Toxic 5+Peacekeeper and my 729 Bomb+Reflectoid+Pogo LP 0X. I set the Newgy up to shoot balls at different speeds but I didn’t change the angle. I wanted to be able to simply hold the paddles in one place and see how the ball bounced back. When I set the Newgy up to shoot balls at different speeds ,I was interested in how the balls return. For instance the LP paddle was much more sensitive to how the paddle was closed compared to anti rubbers. I could hold the paddles with anti at one angle and the different speed balls would all land.
Early on when playing against people, I found I couldn’t be passive with anti. You still have to win points. It took me a while to realize this. At first I was just blocking balls back waiting for the opponent to dump the ball into the net. It happened but not enough. What is also strange is that some people don’t hit balls with a lot of top spin and they seem to be almost immune. What I did find interesting is that people would over react to my attempts at putting spin on the ball and over compensate. I also found that if I hit ball harder with a top spin motion I can get enough top spin at times to get the balls to drop.
I have found that I can block extremely well with almost any inverted rubber. If you block with T05 close of the bounce the balls speed will be killed. The paddle will need to be closed correctly but it works. The balls return very quickly to the opponent but with top spin. If I do the same with anti the ball returns with much less speed but with back spin. Now if one learns to twiddle between shots this will confuse the opponent. I am convinced that one of the keys to playing with anti is twiddling. I need to take a paddle home and just sit in front of the TV and twiddle paddle so I can do it quickly and without thinking about it so I always have the right side available. I will keep the anti rubbers on my paddle for a while to see if I get better at using them. I like the fact they are light. If I can keep the FUD ( fear uncertainty doubt ) factor high with anti I may keep them on but Best Anti is now my anti of choice.
One of the things I need to learn is to twiddle. There is always something to learn.
Trying Different Rubber