RITC 729 729-5
Rubber designed for the speed glue ban. Energy storing highly elastic top sheet provides consistent power with all types of strokes. 729-5 is designed for a high degree of friction and power making this the ideal weapon for the attacking player.
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Reviews of RITC 729 729-5 (34)
Spin (European Style): 8.8
Weight: 45g in 2.2 (0.223g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 35
Fast Loop: 9
Slow Loop: 9.1
Counter Loop: 9.1
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.9/2.0/2.2
The 729-5 is indeed a low-tacky and medium-low throw rubber. The only positive aspect is control, it has low sensivity to spin (and also lacks producing spin, obviously). The speed is acceptable.
In fact I think I would have to change very much my BH strokes to play with this rubber, what I'm not prepared to do and so I'll switch it for another one soon. It is a rubber for beginners and intermediate players fond of BH control.
In summary, the only "strange" Friendship-729 inverted rubber I've found so far. By seeing the first comments done in 2009 I wonder if the materials or chemical process used in its fabrication have changed (I think there are not fakes of this rubber :-) )
If you're looking for a low-priced backhand rubber with a good potential & enough gears, try this one.
This rubber is perfect for me combinedd with Galaxy T-11 blade (is very fast).
I dont know the speed values of Friendship rubbers. In my opinion they are all much slower than the ratings here show.
Update: this rubber is much better for backhand than forehand. Forehand loop is not easy to play with 729-5
Rubber is very slightly tacky when new. The ball will only stick to it slightly. The amount of spin reduces quite quickly with use so after only about 10 hours of use it is very reduced. Although the sponge is medium-hard, the rubber feels quite soft.
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, but lacked som bounce due to the harder sponge.
Pushing and chop serves were OK for control but spin was not heavy due to lack of tacky surface. Still good compared to most rubbers though.
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 or hard. Feels quite heavy.
Speed: 8.4; Spin: 8.0; Control: 8.7
Tackiness: Slightly tacky; Throw Angle: Medium
Weight: Medium-heavy; Sponge Harness: Medium-hard; Gear: Above average gears
Durability: Lasts longer than average; Consistency: Always identical
Its fairly fast I would say, 8-9/10. Produces a lot of spin so excellent for serves. Control is kind of lacking for me...
Its slightly tacky, but still produces plenty of spin. Throw angle is pretty high like all Chinese rubbers. Its also hard hence the reason its good for blocking.
Edit: 4 months now and rubber is still slightly tacky with regular cleaning with a damp cloth after play. It still playing like new, I think it would also be good on the forehand.
Low cost and high performance.
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