USED SPINLORD MINOTAUR MEDIUM PIMPLE
162mm (height) x 157mm (width) – Cut and tested on an oversize blade so should fit most bats.
Tested for less than an hour, like new condition. Some glue residue to back of sponge which can be glued over.
The Minotaur is a light rubber with medium pimples. This rubber is recommended for players who are used to using pimples. The pimples are very thin and generate virtually no spin creating anti-spin properties. This makes the rubber ideal for blocking and returning spinny serves. The Minotaur is slower than Waran but faster than Degu.
The SpinLord Minotaur is a very unusual, almost experimental pimple-out rubber.
The cylindrically shaped pimples are extremely thin, significantly thinner than most long pimples. One would now expect that these snap off very easily and also break quite quickly. But neither is the case. The pips are very robust and only bend over with difficulty.
Also, the pimples are quite long, longer than most other medium length pimples but slightly shorter than most long pimples. Basically, the top sheet of the Minotaur is very fast, hard and also has a slight catapult effect.
This time the sponge is a medium-hard, quite classic offensive sponge from China without a built-in speed glue effect. It therefore favours blocking and counter-attacking as well as backspin balls.
Overall, the Minotaur can be rated as a controlled offensive rubber. It is not nearly as fast as the Waran, but slightly faster than the degu.
The block and counter game is basically the great strength of the Minotaur. It can generate a very high disruptive effect, which is significantly higher than with other medium-length pimples. Of course, this comes at the expense of control, which is still significantly better than with long pimples. In 1.5 mm, the Minotaur is also well suited for backspin defence, underspin balls at the table are also effective and quite easy to play.
The weaknesses of the Minotaur are clearly topspins (the pimples are too thin for that) and the hard shot with the forehand (hence our recommendation for use as a backhand rubber).
Often the disruptive effect is even sufficient to win a point through this alone. However, the Minotaur should be used more offensively.
The Minotaur can be played with or without using the wrist. It is also insensitive to incoming rotation, although not nearly as extreme as the SpinLord Cheetah.
We think that the Minotaur is particularly suitable as a backhand rubber and is most suitable for players in the lower – middle leagues. If the disruptive effect of other medium-length pimples is not enough, this could be the right choice if long pimples are out of the question.
However, the Minotaur is not quite as suitable for players who have never played a pimple-out rubber before, as it absolutely cannot be played with similar stroke techniques as pimple-in rubbers.
The Minotaur most closely resembles the Gambler Peacekeeper. This was quite popular, but had the problem that the pimples broke very quickly and was therefore quickly taken off the market. The Minotaur does not have this problem and is therefore a very interesting rubber. However, it should be played with a sponge because, like almost all medium-length pimples, it is too harmless in ox.
The Minotaur is a fairly light rubber.