Nittaku Fastarc G-1
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The Nittaku Fastarc G-1 rubber is "Fast" with an "Arc"! A power topsheet with a built-in tension power sponge produces the ideal combination of ball speed and ball arc -- an outstanding powerful spin ball.
G-1 means "Grip First" and S-1 means "Speed First" Choose Fastarc G-1 for more spin with great power, and choose Fastarc S-1 for more speed with great spin.
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Reviews of Nittaku Fastarc G-1 (1)
I've been playing with the Fastarc G-1 for about a month now. I've always used tacky chinese rubbers on my forehand so this was a big change. Please keep in mind that a lot of my opinions on this rubber are made in comparison to the Hurricane 3 Neo (H3N)
I don't think that this rubber generates as much spin. I notice the spin difference especially in my serves. I am not able to get my opponents to make as many errors on serve returns as they used to with tacky rubbers. The difference in spin on loops, however, is small. The rubber also feels slightly slower than the H3N.
That said, I feel the difference is more than made up by the amount of control the rubber offers. The majority of my strokes now land on the table and even when I am out of position and have to lunge/stretch to get to the ball, they still end up on the table. I think this rubber is teaching me to play better and hit the ball harder. I do feel the ball a LOT more and can tell exactly which part of the bat I hit the ball with and thus allows me to make minor modifications to find that sweet spot and play better strokes.
With the H3N, when I tried to gently guide the ball, the margin for error was so small that I'd often get those strokes wrong/or be of poor quality. The G-1 just seems to bite into the ball every time and it's so easy to control and direct the ball despite the incoming spin. The rubber isn't very heavy either so it'll help you to get around and play your strokes in quick succession.
In short, the rubber isn't the fastest but it's fast enough. It isn't the spinniest but it's really good. The control is out of this world and if you are a half decent player, this will give you the margin you need to really build your confidence and play the strokes properly. I wasn't sure about non-tacky rubbers but this one has really impressed me and I'd definitely recommend it.
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