Donic Bluefire M1
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Donic Bluefire M1
Characteristics: highly dynamic, extremely spinny top sheet Recommended for: top players or players who practice a lot and prefer to use harder rubbers.
Donic's new Bluefire is a completely new rubber development offering top speed. A new high-tech generation of rubbers in the proven Formula FD3-technology has been developed as a result of the perfect combination of the large pored blue sponge with an extremely spinny top surface rubber. The top rubber with its small, long pimpled-in structure lends the rubber the best possible flexibility and sensational feeling. Above all, the Bluefire is unbelievably fast with a characteristic high arc when top-spinning that enables maximum spin and increased speed.
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First, I put it on a relatively fast all-wood blade, Acoustic. It produced all the faults predicted: unless fully winged, the ball either fell dead or flattened right into the net. Brushes died immediately, and so did controlled loops. Also, if lifted more, it flew out big time. Not good at all, no feeling.
Then I gave it another try, and out it on an Innerforce ZLC. And suddenly, all of the above were history. Drops, active and passive (used it on forehand), flicks, brushes, side spins, loops of every kind from close, mid and far, counter loops, drives - everything worked. It excelled in what I excel in, simply put. Amazing, even better (faster and a bit spinnier) than Andro Rasant Grip. The spin AND lifting the ball worked identical to Adidas P7, but again, only on ZLC. Apaprently, this rubber needs a little extra elasticity, springing power and speed.
Great offensive rubber. You can power loop, drive, smash, hit and you can also brush loop because it has a good dwell time, but you need a full stroke with the sponge working to unleash the high spin potential. It was a bit tough to keep the pushes short at first, but it tamed down after a couple of sessions. Good for active or passive blocking, but it's an offensive rubber. M1 works close or away from the table and has incredible spin and speed on power loops where you may get a flatter arc with the increased power. It has a good amount of spin on services and the high throw helps to clean the net when you are not in great position or away from the table.
great backhand rubber for those who like to block and drive. Very fast, topsheet allows for heavy spin on services and pushes. Also highly durable, longest lasting rubber while maintaining proper performance.
I did try it on my forehand and had trouble looping heavy backspin.
Excellent offensive rubber with better control and lower throw angle then I expected.I also use JP02 but in T11+ blade.IMO M1 is great on my Nittaku Ludeak suitable on softer wood.
I can generate a lot of torque easily against any incoming shot (top or chop)... which is rare (and nice)... AND on serve... maybe even 'especially' on serve).
Was scared away a bit at first because speed is given a higher rating than spin. Well, you can hit a hard, medium-spin ball, but you can ALSO hit a hard, super-hi-spin ball... since it will "grab" if you let it. That makes it my pick for both BH AND FH (a 'subtle' advantage for things like when rubbers wear out at different times... and you just want to "flip over" to the "better" side (on your strong wing) temporarily until you get new sheet(s).
I did not notice a difference between the M1 and M1-Turbo in terms of playability... but the M1 (regular) is MUCH lighter (the Turbo seems chinese-rubber-heavy in my opinion)... so in that regard, I really like the regular M1 better since I use a (med-fast... to med) full-size blade... and have a higher swing speed (mostly) for (generally) close-to-the-table play.
Overall, I love it... plus it's got killer-cool blue sponge (Note generally I'm a 'max' user, but 2.0 works really well (with the increased consistency (thickness-wise) of 2.0.)
YOU NEED TO ALREADY HAVE GREAT CONTROL IF YOU GET THIS RUBBER. The speed is equal or faster than Tenergy 05. Spin is about equal. When you block you can feel that it is less reactive to incoming spin than Tenergy but the control you have over placement is greatly lower. Looping is a dream from mid to long distance. I loop from mid and block and do controlled topspins close to the table and the speed is great for blocks.
Now I have my second sheet of Bluefire M1 and I must say: It´s a really great rubber!
If you want a rubber that provides high spin and speed when(!) you hit hard then it´s the perfect rubber for you but if you play with lesser force or you play a brush loop or a chop then the rubber is very slow and creates very much spin.
I think the rating of the Bluefire M1 is wrong because you must have a very good technique and a good arm-acceleration to "activate" the rubber and I think that the most people have not that technique and those people should choose the Bluefire M2 or Acuda s1 becuase the spin is easier to create and the rubber has a higher basic speed/catapult.
Above Average Killer!!! -- for championship play, works like a killer bees..
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