I’ve been a big fan of the 999 rubbers for a long time, as they are among the best for slower loops with extreme spin. First I like the regular Globe 999, but found it a little slow. The Globe 999 with Japanese sponge was supposed to be faster, but I found the feel very mushy, and I did not seem to get the same spin either. Then came along the Globe 999 National, which seemed to have a higher quality top-sheet but a very hard sponge. When speed glue and tuners were still legal, this could make an awesome combination, as a few layers of glue or tuner would soften the sponge and make the sheet much more lively, making it a very powerful and spinny looping rubber. Without glue or tuners, the sheet just feel too hard to me and for power loops or counter-loop I struggled to keep the ball on the table. Then I became aware of JUIC, who had some of their own 999 rubbers as well as some rubbers with a combined JUIC/Globe top-sheet.

I tried the JUIC 999 Ultima, and although it’s a nice rubber, it is virtually non-tacky and plays much more like a Euro-type rubber than a Chinese rubbers, so this was not quite for me. It creates pace with a lot less effort, but not quite the spin at low gears that I was looking for.

Then I stumbled upon the JUIC 999 CHN, which was a combined Globe/JUIC topsheet on a Japanese sponge. The topsheet played very much like a Globe topsheet, but the sponge was more lively and gave it the speed that I was looking for. I was quite happy with this for at least season, although I felt it still lacked a little speed as my blade (Re-Impact Tachi at the time) is quite slow (around ALL- to ALL). When the JUIC 999 Turbo was announced, it promised more speed but did not mention spin, so I figured (from my experience of other Chinese rubbers) that they probably just made a JUIC 999 CHN with a harder sponge. Fortunately my curiousity got the better of me over time, and I decided to try it after all. Here is my review:

JUIC 999 Turbo: Tension and Spin! The ultimate version of the JUIC 999!
Juic 999 has dominated the table tennis scene with the top players. Now the ultimate version has been launched–999 Turbo! With Juic’s original tension system in the sponge, and with greater rotation from the topsheet itself, Juic 999 Turbo offers players increased spin at serving and for topspin rallies, as well as great speed. JUIC 999 Turbo – The climax of JUIC999 series

* Speed: 13.5
* Spin: 16
* Sponge hardness: 4 (out of 5)


Package artwork is not the most impressive… not sure why they don’t spend a bit more effort on this :o


The rubber is JTTAA approved… not sure whether this means it’s of any higher quality like it does for blades.



Although this rubber is mildly tacky, it comes with a paper protection sheet instead of a plastic one, which is a little unusual. I prefer plastic protection sheets for tacky rubbers, but it’s not a big deal.


The topsheet looks of very good quality, not quite as good as some Japanese sheets but certainly among the best Chinese sheets. Instead of the usual very smooth finish that you find on other Globe 999 and JUIC 999 CHN sheets, this sheet has a bit of a fine grainy look. The topsheet is certainly tacky and can pick up a ball, but it’s won’t hold it. (note: tackiness improves after being stored with a plastic protection sheet and will hold the ball briefly).

Sponge feels medium soft and springy… definitely softer than JUIC 999 CHN and quite a bit softer than 999 Nat. Pores seem a little bigger as well, but not like those of the latest glue effect rubbers. The sheet did not have a significant dome, and there was no evidence of any type of tuning or tension. The top-sheet and sponge are glued together extremely well.

Although the sheet is made in China, I’m not sure whether it’s the sponge, top-sheet or both. I expect it’s a Japanese sponge with a Globe made top-sheet, although it does look distinctly different from the Globe 999 or JUIC 999CHN top-sheet. the gluing is also quite a bit better than most Globe sheets, as these are not usually glued together as well.

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So how does it play?
Well first, as I expected, it does not have the glue-effect feel that the latest Tensor-style rubber have, nor does it have the same catapult. Is that bad? Not at all, it’s just personal preference, as some people like the feel of the Tensor style rubbers, whereas other prefer the more linear feel of the non-Tensor rubbers.
I can certainly feel some tension in the sheet though, which does seem to give it boost in speed, and makes it feel more lively than most Chinese rubbers.
The soft and mildly tacky top-sheet makes it easy to put massive spin on the ball. Since the catapult is not that high, and actually quite low in soft contact, you can put heavy spin even on slow serves.
Looping and Spin:
For a slower loop where most of the force is upwards rather than forwards, you’ll get a massively spinny loop, spinnier than any other rubbers I’ve ever used. Since I use this stroke oftem, either to open my attack or to attack backspin balls, I’ve searched hard for rubber that work well for this. All the Globe 999 and JUIC 999 are very good for this, but not as good as the 999 turbo. Even rubbers like Tenergy cannot match this rubber for spin at lower speeds.
For faster loops the spin remains very high and stays among the best, but it comparable to other high spin rubbers rubbers on the market.
Speed of the rubber approaches higher speed Chinese rubbers, like Hurricane 3 Neo, blue Whale II. The more you engage the sponge, the more speed you get.
The throw of the rubber is quite high, especially for brush strokes where you mainly use the topsheet. As you hit harder and engage the sponge more, the throw is a little lower, but it drops gradually so the adjustment required is not that great and easy to get used to.


Sensitivity to spin:
As with all spinny rubbers, they are more sensitive to spin as well, and the JUIC 999 turbo is no exception. Counter loop close to the table is tough as the throw is high, so a block or a counter-loop a few steps back is more effective. The sensitvity is less with a thinner sponge, so if you don’t power-loop then a thinner sponge might be adviceble.

When blocking passively, it blocks very much like a Chinese rubber, the low catapult allowing you to take the pace right off the ball easily. Blocking harder can still be done effectively, but you need to adjust for spin as it’s fairly sensitive to spin. Again a thinner sponge makes this easier.

I’ve tested this in 1.8mm for chopping, and it chop very well, and is once again is massively spinny. In 2.2mm the control is not as good, so I suggest you choose the thickness that suits your style most.

After using the rubber for 6 months (a long time for me), it worked even better than when I first got. If you keep the rubber clean and always apply the plastic protection sheets, it will stay mildly tacky, but softens up over time, make it even more spinny. I mostly clean with water, occasionally with a foam cleaner when I feel it needs to, and on a few occasions used the Falco Life Expander. I know the experience of a few others that use it is similar, so it’s a highly durable rubber as long as you look after it (just like every other rubber).

If your game is focused more on spin than speed, or if you love the spin that rubbers like 999, Hurricane, Blue Whale II, etc, you’ll most likely love the huge spin of this rubber.