Rubber choice

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Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have decided to get the rakza 7 soft rubber 1.8mm for my FH. I am not sure which rubber to use for my backhand. I am thinking of choosing either the Vega pro or Europe.

Could you tell me which is better and the pros and cons of each please?

Can anyone in the comments section give some advice if they have experience with either rubbers?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Kabeer,

I will let our readers help you out.  The Vega Pro is a good rubber for both forehand and backhand attacking.  The Europe would be similar but a little softer sponge.

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

Hi Kabeer.  It depends on your backhand style.  Are you a BH attacker, a 2-wing looper, a BH defender, etc.  What BH shots do you rely on in a crucial match? Do you play close to the table most of the time or do you like to move away?  Do you rely on speed to win BH points or placement or variation?

If you can describe you game a bit, you'll get more more relevant responses.



Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Posted 6 years ago

I like to play 1-2 metres away from the table and I am a two wing looper.

I rely on placement and speed with my backhand loop.

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

The Europe is a little softer (than the Pro) so it may work well with the Rakza 7 you have on the FH.  The Europe has slightly more control than the Pro but the trade-off is that will be slightly slower than the Pro.  The Pro is also rated (by users) as having slightly higher spin than the Europe.  Of course these characteristics will change slightly depending on the thickness you choose.

I really like the Vega series (although I think Victas is fast becoming my fave rubber, alongside good old Mark V). My experience with the two Vegas (1.8 mm in both) is that I couldn't detect any difference in the spin (probably a skill thing) but the Pro speed is definitely higher and it's control is definitely lower.  I found the Europe much more usable on my (weaker) BH side as the longer dwell time and slower rebound gave me more control over placement and spin variation.  I still have a bat with the Europe on it.

So, if you need a little more control, go the Europe, but if you already have excellent control, go the Pro and get the speed.  Good luck. 


Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Posted 6 years ago

Thanks Rohan

I think I’m going to get the Europe because I think I want the control at this stage of my development as a player.

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

No probs Kabeer.  I hope the rubber performs for you.  I think it will balance the Rakza nicely.  Cheers.

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