STIGA Pro Carbon Table Tennis Racket
|Price:||$52.00 - $140.00|
- Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
- ITTF Approved Rubber for Tournament Play
- Features Carbon Technology for Power and Speed
- Performance Ratings- Speed: 99 Spin: 100 Control: 80
- 7-Ply Extra Light Blade, S5 Rubber, and 2mm Sponge
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Carbon Tech Two layers of high-performance carbon are integrated into the blade improving rigidity and response, which results in increased speed and power. Nano Composite Technology Stronger and tighter bonds in the rubber increase speed and spin. ACS Numerous microscopic air-capsules in an ultralight rubber allows high speed to be combined with maximum elasticity and outstanding control. WRB Weight Balance: The balance of the blade is shifted to the point of contact with the ball. Rate of Recovery: The decrease in blade weight improves rate of recovery after each stroke. Ball Sensitivity: The strategically positioned recess in the handle provides extra sensitivity of touch.
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I have requested a replacement, and once I receive it, I will update the rating as well as the review.
EDIT: I got the replacement and it's all good now. I would rate this racket highly for beginner to intermediate players. If you are below 1200 rated, you will be ok with this. Anything beyond that, you will need to invest in a custom-made solution.
Spinny on drives/flat hit. (Any shots involving a lot of mechanical spins)
Can feel too powerful if you're not used to playing with 2.0 mm sponge.
Lightweight for its speed -- still heavier than most premade bats.
Soft Rubber - Forgiving for beginners, but the maximum spin is limited once you become good at the sport.
The rubber can be changed though.
- Beginner learning European offensive mid-distance style of play
- Recreational players who want to play aggressively with drives
- Beginner with generally offensive playstyle
- Absolute beginners (You won't be able to handle a blade this fast! Get Stiga Titan/Evolution),
- Choppers (Why would you be looking for an offensive paddle?)
- Close-to-the-table loopers (If you're close-to-the-table loopers you would probably be looking at Chinese premade bat, not Stiga. Stiga is known for mid-distance style of play)
- People who know slow loops, Chiquita, banana flicks, ghost serve (If you know these shots then you're serious about table tennis, so you should invest in higher quality equipment like Stiga Clipper, Stiga Rosewood, paired with good Stiga rubbers like Calibra/ Airoc Astro/Mantra/ Genesis)
The blade is a little heavier than most premade bats. However, this blade is considerably lighter when compared to other offensive blades.
I would say that the weight of this bat is just right for people who are starting to develop offensive playstyle. The blade can be pretty fast despite its light weight and it doesn't vibrate too much.
The rubber is Stiga S5, which is a beginner rubber with very little speed and spin on the top sheet. (Very good control)
This rubber, however, can generate a decent amount of mechanical spin(The spin resulted from the ball sinking into the sponge which occurs when you hit the ball as opposed to touching/grazing).
The 2.0 mm sponge is also very thick yet soft, with the red side being a little softer than the black side.
While you can generate a good amount of mechanical spin in shots like drive, it will take a lot of effort to do shots like flicks or slow loops.
Therefore, like other Stiga premade bat, this paddle is good for people who like flat hitting.
The rubber does lose its tackiness quickly. Since it comes with a not-so-tacky rubber, it will be very hard to generate a top-sheet spin after some period of playing. I've been using this paddle for two months. I play in a college club 4 hours a week + a few more hours with a friend. Right now it's time I change the rubber. I will keep the blade though, it is pretty good.
If you are a complete beginner(You can't do forehand drive & backhand top spins comfortably), consider Stiga Titan or Stiga Evolution. Most other premade bat comes with 1.5-1.7 mm. sponge thickness. This paddle comes with 2.0 mm thickness and it is faster than your average paddle!
If you are a beginner who is changing from a cheaper premade bat to this in order to be able to do offensive shots like drive/loop/flicks/Chiquita,
this paddle is a good buy! While the blade is fast, the slow and not so spinny rubber will allow you to make some mistakes.
If you are not used to playing with thick sponges, it will take some time to adjust. Once you are familiar with it, this paddle is pretty good for its price. You can upgrade the rubber (or purchase a pre-assembled racket) when you are better at offensive shots and you start to feel that this paddle is too slow(At first, this paddle was too fast for me but when your skill improves you will feel that it is very easy to control.
If you are a beginner who can already do spin-intensive shots(slow loop, flicks, loop kill) or an intermediate player, don't get a pre-assembled bat. The Stiga S5 rubber is insanely good at flat hitting/smashing but it is designed for beginners/mid-distance looper.
Comments on each shot:
Smash/Flat hit: This paddle is insanely good. The ball flew off so fast that you will forget that you're using a 50 USD beginner paddle.
You can smash a chop/lob comfortably since the non-grippy top-sheet is not very reactive to the opponent's spin.
Drive: The paddle is good at speed-drive.The spin is ok.
Loop: You can loop strongly with proper technique and a lot of energy. You should change the rubber to something tackier if you want to play loop game.
Push: The paddle can push well. The S5 rubber offers a lot of control.
Lob/fish: The speed of the blade allows you to lob comfortably without putting in a lot of effort. The soft sponge also means more dwell time and easier control.
Block: The lightweight blade allows you to quickly block. The rubber offers a lot of control. Pretty good at blocking for an offensive blade.
Serve: The rubber can do most serves comfortably, especially long serves. Some spinny short serves(Ghost serve, backspin reverse pendulum) is still hard to perform with the non-tacky top sheet.
Chop: As typical of an offensive blade, the 2.0 mm is a little too thick for chopping. It can be hard but still doable.
I suppose the blade is decent enough, but the rubber is really not that great. You could take off the default rubbers and put on something nicer, like DHS H3 or Andro Powergrip. But then, you might as well buy a custom paddle.
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