A PADDLE BUNDLE FOR THE ALL-AROUND PLAYER
This bundle includes a blade/rubber combination is designed specifically for players who want to do a little bit of everything, a case for those who want to protect their paddle, and ITTF Approved table tennis balls.
It is truly amazing how well balanced this blade is. It can do everything... and everything quite well! Our testing team found real no weaknesses in any aspect of its game. Alpha Dog offers a lot of control and feeling, especially when players are blocking or looping near table. The speed is perfect for near-table offensive players. If you are a player wanting a well rounded game, Alpha Dog might be the perfect blade for you to step your game up!
It is almost impossible to beat the versatility of this All-Around (ALL) blade.
Spin Mystic is made for players that want tremendous spin without surrendering speed or control. Players that love to play with backhand and forehand pushes will find that there is no place on the table this rubber and sponge combo cannot direct their ball. Spin Mystic brilliantly uses your opponent’s spin against them when blocking. Because of its porous sponge and rubber composition, Spin Mystic excels at Looping while still providing exceptional ball placement. Players will see remarkable spin and accuracy, not only in their rallies, but also in their service game.
This rubber is for players that love spin and want loads of it!
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Weight: 83 grams
Number of Plies: 5 Plies (All Wood)
Sponge Hardness: Medium
Sponge Color: Red
Rubber Style: Pips In (Smooth)
Weight (Full Sheet): 66 grams
(Actual weight will vary based on blade head size and cut)
OUR TESTING PROCESS
Here at CounterStrike Table Tennis, we take our testing process extremely seriously. Each product is reviewed by our testing team for a minimum of 10 weeks. They are studied in both game-like scenarios as well as relentlessly tested with a table tennis robot in order to ensure consistent results.
Whether you call the sport Table Tennis or Ping Pong, CounterStrike does not believe in gimmicks or fake technology. Like our customers, we understand that no product can do it all. We take pride in breaking down every aspect you want to know about each of our products. We will tell you where our products are most proficient as well as what our products are not made for. We give you as much information as possible so that you can make the most informed decision possible. We definitely don’t want to ship you something that wouldn’t fit your game or play style.
BLADE STROKE PERFORMANCE
Alpha Dog is made for All-Around players that tend to play the ball close to the table. For those that do play close to the table, our testing team found that Alpha Dog will produce more than enough speed to keep your opponent on defense and allow you to dictate play. For players who farther off the table, a bit more effort will be needed to create pace when striking the ball. That being said, for an all wood blade, Alpha Dog still has the ability to generate solid offensive speed!
If you are looking for ball placement and control, Alpha Dog is a brilliant choice to fit your game. Regardless of if you are looking to use underspin, topspin, or flat shots, placing the ball on the table will be a breeze. Where this blade really sets itself apart from the competition is its ability to defensively control the ball. Players who like to play defense from time to time will immediately fall in love with this blade due to its diversity.
The soft outer veneer and harder core of Alpha Dog allow players great feel/touch of the ball without losing the capacity to generate speed. Our testing team noted that this wood combination was able to generate a substantially longer dwell time on the blade, allowing our team to really feel the ball on short pushes, loops, and blocks.
Alpha Dog really stands out when it comes to its consistency. This is not only a blade for All-Around Advanced players, but because of its consistency and ability to be so dynamic, it is also perfect for newer players looking to increase their skills. When testing Alpha Dog on a robot, our team found it to be extremely efficient in placing the ball in the same spot time and time again.
RUBBER STROKE PERFORMANCE
Our testing team fell in love with the serving capabilities Spin Mystic brought to their games. Whether top, flat, under, or side spin, they had fantastic results with placement as well as ball rotation. This rubber really shines with short underspin serves. The porus sponge also allowed them to put some incredible pace on their serves when required.
Spin Mystic was specifically designed for players that want astonishing amounts of topspin. Though this rubber and sponge combination was created for ball rotation, our testers found that it can still generate high speed and accurate ball placement on topspin shots.
If you are a player that is confident in your looping ability, Spin Mystic will take your looping game to the next level. The complete confidence our testing team had in their loops was very noticeable. Even advanced angled loops consistently found the opponents side of the table.
Our testing team was most impressed with was the placement and control Spin Mystic brought to their pushing game. High spin focused rubbers can have the tendency to launch the ball off the table and lose control. The rubber sponge combo in Spin Mystic allowed our testing team to direct the ball in strategic locations accurately, while maintaining a great deal of underspin.
Chopping with Spin Mystic might be difficult for Beginner to Intermediate players. It does have a bit of a learning curve if you do not know how to properly control and counter the spin of opposing players. Players that are Intermediate+ or higher will be able to return lethal amounts of underspin to their opponents with a properly executed chop.
Spin Mystic is perfect for using your opponents speed and spin against them. Because of the porous sponge composition, our testers found that, when angled correctly, typical defensive blocks quickly became offensive assets. In numerous cases our testing team found their blocks had the ability to shift the offensive/defensive dynamic of the point.
The Spin Mystic rubber and sponge combo was primarily developed to produce ample amounts of spin. Understandably, because of its composition, it does not excel at flat hits. Like all rubbers, our testing team did become familiar with the rubbers characteristics over time and were able to produce flat hits fairly consistently. That being said, this rubber would not be for players that primarily utilize flat hits in their game.
Simply put, Spin Mystic can/should be used by players that deploy a great deal of backhand flicks. The rubber sponge combo allows the ball to sit on your blade for optimum table placement, spin, and power. Whether it is close to the net or behind the table, our testing team found Spin Mystic to be second to none when it came to offensive flicks.
Purchased one as a gift and am headed to purchase two more!
Hey Annette! Thanks so much for your review of our Alpha Dog Paddle! We really appreciate it and are really happy to hear you now have 3 of them!
E G.S. (Rio Rancho, NM, US)
Digging this Alpha Dog
Great feel. Rubbers have very good tack. Play seems spot on as the specs predicted. Ordering another for my buddy.
That is fantastic News! Thanks for the review and please let us know if there is anything else that we could do to make your experience with us even better!
Jerry R. (Fort Smith, AR, US)
Alpha Dog made me the Alpha Dog
Great all around paddle. Plenty of spin and speed for an intermediate player. Too much speed effectively shortens the table. This is just right.
Hey there! Thank you so much for the review! We always love hearing when our products fit our customers perfectly. Thanks again and please come on back soon if you need anything else!
M2them (Cleveland, OH, US)
I was pleased from packaging to product. The paddle feels good in the hand. The rubber is grippy. I would say I am an intermediate player. I also know I am far from advanced. Any concerns I have about playability of this paddle are more likely issues with my game and not the paddle. Topspin is very reliable. I might just need a hard/soft combo for my next one.
Hey there! We are so happy to hear about your experience with the Alpha Dog Paddle! It sounds like you picked the perfect paddle for your playing style! When you decide you need a new paddle, definitely send us an email and we can help you find one that fits your advancing style. We may have a few paddles by then as well!
James A. (Las Vegas, NV, US)
Alpha Dog Paddle
Thank you so much for your 5-Star review! We really appreciate you choosing CounterStrike Table Tennis for your newest paddle. Let us know if we can be of any additional service and come on back soon!