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This is a loopkill rubber. A forehand rubber. It feels like a European Chinese rubber. If u can do or want to learn how to do the work you will be rewarded.

Its a little sticky and u need that to get the ball over the net with lots of help from your legs and weight transfer, from backleg to frontleg. Then your ball will hit the other side with a low arc coming in very spinny and difficult for your opponent to return. If u have good footwork this is a great weapon with much control and if u shoot relaxed the ball just blasts down on the other side because of the 54 degree esn hardness.
Serves are very spinny and short pushes at the net very controllable as everything about this rubber is about control, spin and, when u want it, a real heavy hitter.
This rubber push u to move more at the table, just like tango, and if u pay that price it will make you a better player, just keep dancing.
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Feels very all or nothing on a fastish 7 ply. Feels more like boosted classic Chinese rubber than Tibhar K1 Hybrid Euro. If you are in position you can quick attack with very good power. If you are not, the rubber is not nearly as forgiving as K1 Hybrid Euro. I would need better footwork to make this rubber work for me.
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Comparing Golden Tango to Golden Tango PS:

Golden Tango
Weight: 71 grams uncut
Thickness: Max
Speed: OFF+
Spin: Extremely high
Hardness: 54 degrees


Golden Tango PS
Weight: 71 grams uncut
Thickness: Max
Speed: OFF
Hardness: 50 degrees


Joola Tango vs Joola Tango PS

I had the chance to test both rubbers on different blades. I always expect testing and using ESN rubbers that are tacky since I am a tacky rubber user. Both rubbers are tacky fresh from the box and they have a sticky surface that you can feel from Chinese rubbers. Both of them seem to have an identical topsheet but they differ in the sponge make up and also the hardness of their sponges. The Tango is 54 degrees while the Tango PS has a 50 degree sponge. The sponge of the Golden Tango is a creamy white colored sponge while the PS version has this pink or purple sponge that is similar to the sponges of the Rhyzer series. In fact, it is similar to the Rhyzer 50’s sponge hardness which is 50 degrees also.

I used the 3 PBO blades for the 2 rubbers – Nobilis, Zelebro and Energon. I used both rubbers on each side just to have a direct comparison and also to check the differences. The Tango PS is outright more reactive than the regular Tango because the sponge is significantly softer and will give you more speed if both rubbers are hit the same way and depth of compression with the sponge is also the same but the regular Tango can be faster if it reaches a certain threshold. It will give you more speed and power once you compressed the sponge enough. Both rubbers are very bouncy on fh-fh drives or bh-bh drives with the Tango PS initially being more bouncy up to some point of sponge compression. I would say the speed of the Tango regular is the same with the Rhyzer 50. If not for the tackiness of the regular Tango, I think the Tango can be faster but it is limited to a point because the rubber is tacky. The PS version is slower than the Rhyzer 50 despite having the same sponge hardness or identical sponge makeup. Again, tackiness of the topsheet is the one that causes the reduction in speed. On harder shots like smashes or loop drives, the regular Tango definitely gives you more speed and power. What I like with both rubbers is that both are easier to smash with compare to a commercial untuned Hurricane 3. The 2 Tango rubbers seem to have factory boosting. With their speed it is not hard to assume that both have tuning on the sponge. For smashing, the PS version is easier to smash with.

If we will be talking about spin, generating spin with both rubbers are easier compared to Hurricane because of the bounciness of the sponge. The Hurricane 3 commercial version has this deadness in the bounce and also has a tackier surface resulting to decreased energy transfer from the sponge to the ball there reducing also the rebound speed. With both the Tango versions, there is significantly more power transferred which helps in generating spin easier for topspins. The PS version is the easier rubber to produce spin if you are the type to compress the sponge more and with less brushing. The regular Tango version can give you more amount of spin if you have developed a brushing technique that is above intermediate level. The regular Tango will reward you with more spin even with just brushing the ball thinly while the PS version will give you an easier time to produce spin but it involves the sponge also. The regular Tango has a lower arc than the PS version when looping the ball. In short, the PS version is more forgiving when it comes to looping underspin because it is easier to handle and can clear the net easily because of its medium arc. The regular Tango version when used right can has a good low-flying loops which are harder to block than the PS version.

For serves, the regular Tango is indeed has more spin as you can feel the ball easily gripped by the topsheet. For underspin pushes, again the regular Tango is also spinnier. Both rubbers are excellent with dropshots as both can give you short, low returns that are easy to control. For blocking, due to the softer sponge, the PS version will give you better control and handling when returning strong topspin attacks. The regular Tango give a faster and more powerful rebound on blocks once the topspin get stronger and when you are blocking with it, the balls bounces quickly and for some lower level players, it is better if they use the PS version.

All in all, the regular Tango is awesome if you have the right amount of skill to use it. I would suggest that it will be used by advanced level of players while the PS version can be used as early as an intermediate level of player because it is easier to use.
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Golden Tango has a great grip. It fits my BH (2.0) with its hard sponge ball won't bounce too much, but is great for blocking with the right technique. Flips generate a lot of spin. For near to middle distance it works gracefully. I tried it as FH and is similar to the DHS H8 I had, but with softer german rubber feel. Give it a try.
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I use it on a Mikado All+ blade on both sides FH and BH. I have to work hard with it to achieve my goals. Maybe on a faster blade is better. It's a rubber for advanced players with a very high technique, in my opinion.
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