Victas Triple Double Extra Review
TRIPLE Double Extra, or TD for short, is a high-end rubber produced by Victas!
Compared with TRIPLE Extra, TRIPLE Double Extra uses a new technology of hardened sponge and super sticky Chinese top sheet, which can generate greater power and rotation.
In the recent All Japan Championships, Koki Niwa put TD on the backhand. Is this a bit strange?
When the Butterfly D09c was launched, everyone naturally thought it was a forehand rubber. The reason is that a high sticky and high stiffness rubber is more suitable for the forehand.
Moreover, most people have become accustomed to the non-sticky top sheet on their backhand. Even if some players use viscous rubber, it is soft and low in hardness.
But TD rubber is obviously not soft. Isn’t it too slow for Koki Niwa to use the toughest viscous rubber TD for the backhand? Is it to strengthen the arc and control ability?
Please read on and we will answer at the end of the article.
Property Comparison: TD vs TE vs TR
Let’s take a look at the hardness and basic properties of this Triple series (TD/TE/TR) of Victas:
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TRIPLE Double Extra is not a traditional sticky rubber
What should the traditional sticky rubber look like?
- High viscosity, not easy to penetrate with small and medium power.
- The ball starts to “move” only when it exerts a lot of power. Generally, it is necessary to brush the organic glue several times.
- Rotation is the main factor and speed is the supplement.
But TRIPLE Double Extra can be penetrated under medium power, and it has good flexibility and speed. I just brushed inorganic glue once.
Although this elasticity and speed are still a bit slower than the top Butterfly Tenergy series, it is a sticky rubber surface after all. TD is the fastest sticky rubber I have ever played.
Tear off the sticky protective film, the whole piece of rubber is 75g. Stick it on the Butterfly Viscaria with FL handle, about 51g, a little heavier.
For general players, it is more suitable for the forehand. If you want to be lighter and softer, you can consider TR. Because the weight of TE will not be much lighter.
I haven’t played the softest TR rubber, but according to the picture, TD & TE are both high-density sponges like DHS Hurricane 3, and TR is more like a cake sponge.
TR is naturally soft and elastic, but TD and TE are not weak.
TD is very fast and very flexible.
High Elasticity, Strong Viscosity, High Hardness
The Triple series is produced in China. The stickiness of the rubber surface is naturally very strong, and it feels really sticky, reminiscent of the top sheet of DHS Hurricane 3 NEO.
In recent years, Hurrican 3 has been all about reducing stickiness to increase speed, but TD is doing the opposite. In recent years, Hurrican 3 reduces stickiness to increase speed, but TD does the opposite.
The rubber is really hard when touched. Because it is different from the Hurricane series, it is difficult to compare the hardness of Hurricane 3. The support of TD feels similar to that of Hurricane 3 at 39-40 degrees. This high-density sponge makes you feel that the upper limit of the force is very high.
It is easiest to show this high elasticity when counterattacking the opponent’s looping, which is easy to get out of bounds. When attacking, thanks to the high elasticity, the first speed is fast enough. Being able to combine high viscosity and high elasticity, TD is truly remarkable.
TRIPLE Double Extra vs Hurricane 3 NEO
At first, you will feel the rubber is a bit hard, after getting used to it for a while, it is still very easy to play.
Because the surface of the rubber is sufficiently viscous, it can create a better arc, and it is easy to get on stage.
However, there is still a little gap with DHS H3 NEO: the rotation of the Hurricane series is stronger, the arc is fuller, and the quality is higher. Although TRIPLE Double Extra is also super viscous rubber, the rotation is not so strong.
It is obviously much sharper than Hurricane 3 NEO when looping. The first speed is much faster. Only brush the inorganic glue once, and the inner energy is very strong. Once the glue is applied multiple times, the effect can be comparable to the butterfly’s top rubbers.
In the multi-round stalemate, you can feel the strong support of the TD sponge, especially the powerful arc ability, which is really very stable.
In terms of rotation, the spin of TD is still not as strong as H3 NEO.
The biggest difference between TD and Hurricane 3 is that:
The TD is still a high-speed style that relies on speed to restrain the opponent, not mainly on the spin like the DHS H3 NEO.
Its spin is not as strong as DHS H3, but the speed is much sharper.
I have to say, there is still a difference in philosophy, although it is also made in China, the core of Victas is still speeding first, right?
Of course, in the era of 40+ ABS, high-speed offense and defense is the main theme.
Control & Defense
The control is as fine as Hurricane 3 thanks to the high viscosity of the rubber. It is also very good at controlling short and long balls.
In terms of rotation, TRIPLE Double Extra can’t beat DHS H3 rubber.
But in terms of speed, TD is faster than DHS H3, the defense is solid.
This sponge sweet spot is very big. Especially when it comes to counterattacks, such as counterattacking the opponent’s looping ball, TD is handy. It is fast, directional, and quite stable.
I didn’t understand Koki Niwa’s idea of using TD as a backhand until now: this rubber is really not traditionally slow and sticky, its speed is really not bad, and the inner energy is the leader in the sticky sleeve. The counterattack loop is very cool and stable, crisp and fast.
For many amateur players, the backhand is not suitable for putting rubber with the hardness of TD, maybe TE or TR is more suitable. But it is undeniable that there is no problem with professional players using TD on the backhand.
TD has strong support and ball holding ability, and high elasticity. It is still a bit different from Hurrican 3 when used on the forehand. Its rotation ability is not as strong as H3, but its speed is fast enough.
For those players who require strong spins, DHS H3 should be more suitable. For players who require defense, TD and a softer TRIPLE Extra are both good choices. But the author also believes that, in fact, most table tennis players above the intermediate level can adapt after trying for a period of time.
How to Choose：TD vs TE vs TR
TRIPLE Double Extra: It uses a 57.5° high-density sponge, which has good elasticity and a strong arc. Whether it is rotation or speed, it is developed for top players.
TRIPLE Extra: Compared with TD, it reduces the viscosity of the glue surface, and the arc is similar to that of TD. But the biggest feature of TE is that it can create strong rotation and speed. Recommended for high-level players who want to combine speed with rotation.
TRIPLE Regular: With a soft sponge of 42.5 degrees, it can eat and hold the ball very well when hitting. It is easy to use, and the rubber surface can also be rotated. It is rubber for beginners and intermediate players.
It’s not necessary to fill the oil, it depends on the individual! First of all, although TD and TE are high-density sponges, the sponge feels like a tensor sponge. TR is a tensor sponge. Generally, this series does not need to be filled with oil. It can be thickly brushed 2-3 times with inorganic glue. , And easy to remove glue, not easy to break edges.
TD is a super sticky sponge, the degree of stickiness is similar to Hurricane, but the specific performance is still different. TD speed is faster, the ball’s landing point is close to the end of the table, and the rotation is also strong, which can be used whether it is placed on forehand or backhand.
Although Koki Niwa used this rubber for the backhand because the TD sponge is hard, the weight is not light, and it has super explosive power and speed, it is recommended for amateur players to put it on the forehand.
My name is Cosmos Boll and I’m 26 years old. I’m Chinese and live in Shanghai.
I am a table tennis enthusiast and a professional table tennis coach.
My idol is Timo Boll who is the greatest player in the world.