RITC 729 Focus 3 Snipe
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High speed inverted rubber
2.1mm Special Soft Sponge around 40deg
Notes: Focus 3 snipe is an improved and lighter version of the original Focus 3. This rubber uses mechanical grip (like European style rubbers), to provide spin and speed. If you liked original Focus 3, this is a better product in every way. The speed rating given is maximum, this is a manufacturer rating and while the rubber does have some kick is not 120, but closer to 100.
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Reviews of RITC 729 Focus 3 Snipe (54)
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Just glued f3s, 40 degrees, 2.1. To cut necessary parts away is really strugle. I used razor blade. Went through the same place 5x. In the end ok. Without razor blades it would be more difficult.
Sponge yellow, quite soft - something around 40 degrees. If xiom omega 4 elite is 40 this is the same or a bit harder. Topsheet very different from traditional chinese stuff - soft, grippy.
Throw angle lower than palio 2 side loop, let say medium. Bounce is quite high, but xo4e has higher bounce.
Had few attempts on robot -
quite similar to xo4e, maybe a little bit slower.
Will add some ratings after play in tournament.
I bought this rubber because all the positive reviews, and they were true! The thing that surprised me most, was the speed. I have it on my FH on a Stiga AR, and it plays very controlled, and quite fast. I was using the H3 Provincial on my FH, but when I realized the Snipe was faster I switched sides. The looping is also strong, controlled loops. I just ordered two Cream Transcend's to put on my new off blade, so we will see how they compare.
awesome attack speed, average spin, really good control
The thin top sheet is very good quality (best chinese topsheet?), with absolutely non-tacky surface, but reliable grip when high speed short contact time. The rubber is linearly adjustable speed and spin, with low spin reactivity, but average durability.
This is one of the best rubber for speedglue!
Hardness Black 42 / Red 45. Weight seems medium-heavy.
Rubber is only very slightly tacky when new. The sponge is medium to medium-hard. Not sure why people rate it as soft. Maybe softer than average Chinese brick-like sponges but that is about all.
Quite fast and spin is good but less than tacky rubbers. Also a good level of control.
Throw angle I found to be medium-high.
Blocking was OK with sufficient bounce without playing a stroke.
Pushing and chop serves were OK for control but spin was not heavy due to lack of tacky surface.
Attacking felt good with this rubber with good pace and control. Spin could have been heavier with tackier rubber, but a very good rubber for the price. It played more like a medium sponge than medium-hard.
Speed: 8.4. Spin: 8.2. Control: 8.7
Tackiness: Slightly tacky. Throw Angle: Medium
Weight: Average. Sponge Harness: Medium. Gear: Above average gears
Durability: Lasts longer than average. Consistency: Always identical
I was looking for the backhand cheaper rubber with good spin and speed, so ordered it based on the reviews on this site... A complete disapointment sponge feels dead, top sheet looks OK and can generate some spin, but way below than rated. This rubber can be used as defencive rubber, but it is too thick for defenders to be considered.
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