I have tried different rubbers including those made by Butterfly, Mark V, Friendship and always came back to this one. It provides me with both control and offensive power. I just wish they would make a 1.8 thickness rubber. I used it with the Yasaka Ma Ling hard carbon pen-hold racket the soft one is no good, it improved my game tremendously, especially my forehand. I tried Butterfly rubbers before and they were too fast, too spinny and too expensive. However, be careful and make sure you use only the regular X-tend because the other X-tend rubbers did not seem to be as good, some were way too soft.