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I was encouraged to buy a set of this rubber by the mostly very positive reviews seen here and there. I might need to draw in other shades too, as my experiences are not entirely positive with this rubber. When it is brand new, it does play like the fancy description says (i.e. 'magical flight curves') - definitely spot on. Generally I would classify this rubber as a fun offensive rubber, as it is very easy to respond to various out of balance situations with it, and I can pull off successful receives even when my technique is far from perfect. I was also surprised, how much spin I was able to create (the topsheet is rather soft and flexible, but relatively dense). Speed development is linear with a very slight dampening on the lightest touches and with a very respectable highest gear (smashes are truly rocking), which makes joyful to finish points. Throw angle seems to be medium low in most situations with up to medium impacts (for those who seek more safety with their arcs above net, the slightly softer 'Grip' version is definitely better), but the sponge "opens up" noticeably beyond a certain impact threshold (e.g. hard blocks and countertopspins), which needs some extra care to guess the right racket angle. The problem I have with this rubber is particularly related to the topsheet lifespan and the shrinkage. The topsheet has some grippy texture and glossiness, but it seems to be vulnerable even to lesser bruises, and it gets matte and lose its grips easily in the affected areas - this makes the topsheet to have insufficient grip (with this sponge hardness, it does feel really critical), which means loss of ball control by more frequent unexpected slippage. I also noticed visible horizontal topsheet shrinkage with raised edges around (3 months post-purchase) - this did not seem to affect the general feeling of the rubber, but it made slightly more difficult to play thinly pulled spinny strokes.
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Hexer Powergrip, black, max sponge on backhand, mounted on Tibhar balsa defence 25 blade, R53 on forehand.
An excellent rubber, reasonably fast, great spin, control and good feeling, sponge is medium hard 47.5, similar to Tibhar MXP and MXS, more so the MXS for overall feel.
I have changed from the MXS on my backhand to the Hexer Powergrip (HPG), I feel that the difference between the two rubbers is hardly noticeable, they both play very similarly.
The softer sponge on the HPG gives more feel than the R53, spin is equal to the R53, speed is less but still plenty quick enough. HPG is definitely more forgiving than the R53.
Spin is good on serves, pushing and chops are good with excellent control, blocking can be fast and positive or you can reduce the speed for a soft block. Blocking heavy spinning opening loops requires good technique.
Backhand loops/topspins are good, with good spin, drives have to be played slightly more cautiously as the catapult effect from the sponge starts to kick in with harder shots, balls can go off the end a the table. Technique requires a slightly more closed face.
Andro has produced another great rubber that is up there with the MXPs and MXSs.
If you had an un marked or blank sheet of MXS and HPG you may struggle to tell the difference!!!
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Rubber is very new in my testing phase. Works fabolous with Andro Novacell OFF blade on BH. Spin and spin opening is outstanding. 1st topspin mostly doesn't come back from same levelled players. And that with polyball, very surprising. Blocking, chopping and smashing is also working well and very controllable. Test on other blades is still running. Feedback and results against better skilled players will come the next time.
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i used powergrip on my FH, it can produce spinny serve, medium throw angel when drive, spin with feel natural.
although the spec stat that the sponge is 47.5deg, it feel softer than that.
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Sponge feels like 45, many gears and very dynamic but not more spin compared to vega pro, and a lower if you want more geara and wasy acces go for powergrip and if you go for better spin and better price i say vega pro, but fun to play with thua and a better sound too
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I'm using Hexer Powergrip (2.1mm) on my backhand now (previously using it on both sides--using Tenergy 05 on fh). It's a really good rubber and after playing with Rakza 7 for many years it was a good upgrade.

It has easy access to spin on lower powered shots like 'warming up' or slow looping against backspin. Very stable on harder shots with good speed. It's not a speed demon like the Rasanter R47 or Tenergy 05 (2.1mm). I would say it lacks a 'top speed' that comes from a "catapult effect" that R47 or Tenergy gives. So on counter looping close to table or counter looping beyond mid-distance Tenergy 05 is faster and has more spin. Tenergy 05 would have less access to "spin" on slower/more passive shots.

The topsheet is very grippy (not tacky) so serving and aggressive pushes are quite easy. But the topsheet is not as grippy as Tenergy 05. So I can get more spin even on short serves with T05. Perhaps I am just used to a sponge hardness that is around 47 degrees but I find it quite easy to block with Powergrip. I find Powergrip to have more emphasis on spin than speed so that makes it easier to control. The spin generated on normal looping does remind me a lot of Tenergy. So this means it is more for looping rather than flat hitting.

One concern might be weight. It is just as heavy as Tenergy 05.
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Set it up FH with Treiber FO for 1 month. If you find Rasanter R47 alitte bit hard or fast, so it is for you. Dwell time is longer than the Rasanter series. May be due to the natural rubber topsheet. Service, block, push, topspin.. good. Smash is just ok. It doesnt have fault tolerance. You have to play it all. It really shine in counter top spin. Speed not as fast as the Rasanter series but spin is huge, draw a beautiful arc, and you can place the ball where you want. Spin is huge and unreal, like Andro said :)
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Andro Hexer Grip has a porous sponge with a hardness of 45 degrees and a significant green color. I had a red square, a sponge thickness 1.9 mm and a weight of 66 grams. Andro Hexer PowerGrip is his stronger sibling whose most distinctive paper difference is a harder sponge. It has 47.5 degrees, smaller pores and of course the green color. I tested a black square with 2.1 mm sponge and a weight of 70 grams. I was keen especially about the Hexer Grip, because it (at least for me) fills a gap in a range of Rasanters.
I tested the rubbers on the seven-ply Butterfly SK7. Glued with TSP Bio Fix.
The first impression while playing were positive. The rubbers played absolutely steadily, well balanced. Spin potential of the rubbers is enormous. In terms of stiffness, I would say that the topsheet is at the bottom of the medium hardness, it is not sticky, but it is quite adherent. Topspins are really easy to play, I was getting more and more sureness to play the opening topspin from BH. Overally, I would say that my confidence increased in BH topspin game.
Topspin from the FH side was steady. The contratopspins were extremely safe. Overally I thought the ideal space was rather closer to the table up to mid-range. Generally, for both rubbers (and more generally not just these two rubbers) the deeper a ball sink into the rubber the more controlled ball you get. Adapting to short play wasnt problematic thanks to the similarities of rubbers I am used to.
The softer Hexer Grip is slightly slower, with excellent control and a slightly higher arc. It has higher tolerance for mistakes. Ideal for players who are developing and want to increase their confidence and self-esteem in the strokes they are drilling. Hexer Powegrip is faster, sharper with a slightly lower arc. It's really the faster brother of the Grip, the rubbers are very close to each other. I think these rubbers are absolutely amazing substitution of older Hexers with all modern elements of todays game style.
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