I got my 729 Bomb with Relectoid and Pogo today. On the OOAK forum I posted about my difficulty playing with Air UpUpUpUp U5 0X and many of the LP players told me about Pogo. One player there, dwruck, convinced me that Pogo plays well on a 729 Bomb so I ordered a paddle from zeropong. I also ordered another paddle for someone else at work and some Gambler balls to play with.
I was afraid that the 729 Bomb would be to fast but it actually plays quite well with 0X. I wasn't worried about the Reflectoid.
The problem I have with the UpUpUpUp is that it does random things with no or low spin balls. I did find out that if I hit those no spin and low spin balls with top spin I can get them back and my opponent will likely hit them into the net but I must have the time to add the top spin instead of just block or push like I can with Pogo.
I think a better player may be able to play with UpUpUpUp better because the ability to handle the no or low spin balls more consistently with top spin. I noticed that the tops of the UpUpUpUp are textured whereas the top of the Pogo pips are smooth. I would bet that the UpUpUpUp will be better for a more experienced and aggressive player but I am just trying to learn.
I like the 729 Bomb paddle. Bang for the buck it is a good buy. For some reason that I don't understand yet it seems that TT players like to describe the sound of the impact. The 729 has a higher pitch and clear tone almost like an instrument. It just needs a resonating chamber.
The Instinct paddles are not 'fast' enough. They may have good control but they aren't fast, but I don't think fast is needed when close to the table. The 729 Bomb allows me to hit BH topspins from 2 meters back with no problems. I can then chop the next ball. I am getting better at chopping. I am still not good/mobile enough to be a chopper. I will never be mobile enough to be a chopper.
The whole idea of this exercise is to learn how to play with and against LP. I have spent about $90 on two paddles, to learn about LP. This is still cheap compared to a paddle with T05 on it.
One of the engineers at work liked my Instinct paddle but he got Reflectoid on both sides. It will be interesting to see how he does with that. I think it takes a 'table hog' mentality to play with this setup. If he uses the paddle the way it is meant to be use he will dominate the other players at work except for me and my practice partner, Smith.