Players in search of a rubber for whirling topspins will be enthused by HEXER. The mixture of 100% natural rubber in the upper layer results in increased grip and a longer impact time. This effects in improved trampoline and rotation features for the same striking energy (EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE), and provides each topspin with a higher trajectory. In addition, the new and progressive pips geometry puts a compact playing feeling across. The fourth TENSOR generation unfolds its immense qualities in spin and rotation oriented play.
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Reviews of Andro Hexer (23)
and its okay. First of all the edges broke almost straight away. And I have difficulty generating good spin on serves. But my topspins are very spiny and powerful. When looping away from the table it performs very well but sometimes just bounces the complete wrong way. This also happens when flat hitting or spinning up backspin. I think you should give this rubber a chance because it is pretty good but I doubt it will be sufficient for any serious, top level player
Above the table for agressive blocks and flips this rubber is king. There it is really fast.
I havent found any better. Players with short pips get utterly destroyed with this rubber. But the further i get away from the table how harder i need to work to bring any spin in the ball and the speed is reduced as well for my feeling. I like to mix up my play and for an allround attacking player this rubber is good to start with. I found the durabilitiy of this rubber not as good as the butterfly rubbers i played with, but for the price its very reasonable.
I recommend this rubber for every player with an allround attacking playstyle. However there comes a time where you want to try something new and improve your skill even further.
The Hexer has good catapult effect, and the spin is good.
In comparison with my Tenergy05, I can say that the Hexer sponge (pressing with fingers) feels softer that the Tenergy05, but with the ball touch it is really harder than Tenergy05.
Control and Blocks are good (much better than Tenergy05).
For loops I felt some problems because of the hard feeling to play in middle-distance (I was forced to stay close the table and drive in the Pre-peak timming).
I tried in another softer blades, and the results was near the same.
For my game, maybe the Hexer Duro will be the answer.
Also it's great for defense: you can chop with it on 2.1 sponge very easy and the loop from distanse is very spinny too.
For me it's the best rubber. The price is not big cause the rubber plays for a long time (about 3 moths with 8 hours/week)
P.S. The control is really outstanding!
Blocking is better with Hexer, but FH pushes landed in the net more often on receiving underspin serves.
Loop drives are about equal for me, but with a lower curve on Hexer. I received more of my loops back where before with PME they often came back long due to the spin.
Overall, I didn't have to make too much adjustment to my game.
After a few more practices and games I have to say that Hexer definitely has less spin than PME. I have to work so much harder to get a spinny loop with Hexer. I had to downgrade the spin on my rating. I will play the next tournament with Hexer, but I will most likely go back to PME on FH.
Update: Last night I put the PME back on and the spin in my loops came right back. I have now ordered a sheet of soft PME, since I liked the soft feel of Hexer better, but I can't deal with the fact that I can't get a proper brush loop with Hexer. I guess PME is just better suited to my game. Anyone in the market for a cut sheet of Hexer?
I have a red sheet, in 2.1mm. Sponge is medium soft, without a durometer I'd say around the 42.5(tensor scale) mark, and smells like the usual Donic/Andro tensor stuff. The feel of the topsheet is very grippy, even compared to Jap topsheets like the Donic Coppa Speed. Sponge is like the Tenergy stuff. The red doesn't look as artificial as the Vega. Impressed so far at the German rubber.
Speed on slow strokes fairly fast, however it also has an excellent short game. It behaves extraordinarily on services, great on pushes and good on flicks.
Speed on power loops is only so-so. I thought it would blast me out of my seat, but in the end, my mind isn't blown, my socks aren't knocked off, and my wallet's now a little lighter.
On the 100% power geko rocket put-away shots, this rubber is indeed faster than Tenergy 05, JO Gold, Donic Coppa Speed, Plasma 470, Roxon 450 etc. etc., but we're talking whole body, whole arm, complete waist turn and no recovery type loop-kills. Which to me is COMPLETELY unrealistic to base anything on.
Smashing with the Hexer is ok. It doesn't have the meaty feeling as with Tenergy 05, but neither does it reward your half-hearted efforts.
Spin on slow loops is quite good, though I can't see it being Tenergy 05 spinny, it gets close, and though none of us really believed him, Rob was right (again haha), the Hexer's slow loop spin is marginally if at all, better than the Roxon 450.
Spin on faster loops is actually very high! My loops were landing way, way shorter than the Donic Coppa Speed, which I have gotten used to. In fact, some were so short, it started to land in the net...but this could have to do with its slow speed also.
Spin on serves is nothing to write home about. Good spin, but absolutely brilliant control on it. Very, very short serves (although hardly as spinny as they look) can be performed easily.
In terms of blocking, I'd agree with the advertisements. It is magic! Very stable blocking ability and not as sensitive to spin as I'd imagine from looking and feeling the topsheet.
Pushing and looping is very close to where you want it, especially looping the corners closest to the net.
Other Playing properties:
The throw is high! Almost ridiculously high. This gets annoying as you try to loop consistently, but at the same time keeping the ball low and putting pressure on the opponent. Hexer robs you of that stroke and punishes you if you try to close your angle by slipping.
Glue feel is present and lovely sounding, given you hit hard enough. Otherwise, it's more of a "pak" sound than a "tock" sound.
In the best way I can sum it up, I'd say the Hexer is a prepubescent Donic Coppa Speed, I mean that in two ways. Firstly, it seems like it hasn't grown its muscles yet but is still trying to compete with the big boys. It loses out in speed rallies. Secondly, like an annoying younger brother, it brags on and on about its better spin, but in actuality is no better than the Roxon 450, and is marginally better than a new sheet of Donic Coppa Speed. Plus it demands more pocket money than the older kids, brat!
Other than the fact that its sponge looks different from previous tensors, and being labeled "4G", I'd say Andro is still on the detour to finding a good post-glue solution. Again, like the Roxon series, the Hexer has great short game and close to the table ability, but in terms of explosiveness or dynamic properties, it hasn't surpassed the Plasma series. Now in terms of control and spin, it still hasn't reached the pre-glue level. Oi! Andro! What are you doing son?
I switch to Hexer to have better game. I don't use Tenergy because Hexer now best rubber for me.
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