A reputed name and the leader in the world of table tennis, Stiga has been manufacturing world class table tennis equipments since 1944. With an experience of more than 75 years, Stiga has excelled in the manufacture of table tennis blades and has brought about continuous innovation and updated its blades with the latest technology. Stiga has been combining the best raw materials in its paddles in an attempt to produce the best paddles in business and Stiga Pro Carbon is the best and the latest feather in its kitty. It is a tournament level racket that is approved by ITTF (international Table Tennis Federation) and has exceptional performance ratings to its credit. With a speed rating of 99, spin of 100 and control of 80 it is the perfect choice for an advanced player who is looking forward to taking his/her game to the next level.
Stiga Pro Carbon Review
To review a table tennis paddle you need to look at two different aspects separately. First, is the construction of the paddle and second is its performance. Both the aspects are interlinked and the first aspect contributes to the qualities of the second. Once we have had a deep insight into these two aspects we can have a thorough review of its pros and cons. Let’s start off with the construction of the paddle.
When we are discussing the construction of a table tennis paddle, there are three things that we should look into, viz. the blade, the handle and the rubber. The blade contributes to the overall weight of the paddle. It is not only responsible for the speed of the paddle but also the energy absorption capabilities of the racket. On the other hand the rubber is the main surface with which we hit the ball. The rubber absorbs the shot from the opponent and returns it while making maximum use of the speed and ball rotation to create deception for the opponent player. The handle is one of the most important parts and provides the essential grip to the player.
The blade of the Stiga Pro Carbon is made of seven different layers compressed together to form the basic structure of the paddle and has the unique Crystal technology that hardens the surface of the blade generating speed. The seven layers consists of five layers of balsa wood and two layers of carbon. The two layers of carbon along with the ultra light balsa wood makes the paddle blade light in weight, and increases the speed, reaction time and control of the paddle. Though this combination makes it heavier than most pre-assembled rackets but it is lighter than most blades available in the market. The carbon layers increase the rigidity and response as well as the “Sweet spot” in the blade. The “sweet spot” in a paddle is the area of the rubber which has the capability to generate maximum speed and spin. The Stiga Pro Carbon has one of the largest sweet spots in this category. With such weight behind each stroke you don’t have to worry about adding extra power to your strokes. This will also save the blade from being damaged. The weight also reduces the reverb effect on the racket from ball contact. The blade is perfectly suited for attacking players and has a WRB weight balance that shifts the weight balance to the point of contact with the ball.
Stiga Pro Carbon uses S5 rubber padded to the blade using a 2.0mm thick sponge such that the black side is harder than the red. The sponge has a catapult effect and effect the spped to a great extent. This rubber is specifically designed using ACS and Nano Composite technology. While the Nano Composite technology creates stronger and tighter bonds in the rubber, the ACS Numerous microscopic air capsules in the ultra light rubber creates high speed with maximum elasticity and control. The rubber is capable of generating a regulated amount of speed and spin, thereby enhancing the control rating of the paddle.
The handle is designed in a way to balance the weight of the blade in your hands. It features a metal rod within it which will not only give you a good grip but will also help in balancing the weight of the blade. It also adds more power to your shots. It is slightly lighter than the blade, so much so that the momentum is directed more towards the center of the blade and will give your shot more power. The strategically placed recess in the handle provides an extra sensitivity to touch. The ergonomically designed handle will never let fatigue to settle in but it will take some time to get accustomed to the weight.
The performance of the paddle is measured in terms of the speed, the spin and the control. As far as performance ratings are concerned Stiga Pro Carbon has an excellent speed and spin rating but looses quite a few points in the control section. It is a bridge between the beginner and the intermediary racket.
The Stiga Pro Carbon has a speed rating of 99. It is determined by the ability of the paddle to absorb the hit from the opponent and redirect the force back across the net. The impressive speed rating of the Stiga Pro Carbon is mainly due to the lightweight yet rigid blade coupled with the heavy handle.
The spin rating of Stiga pro carbon is 100. It is determined by the quality thickness and orientation of the rubber on the paddle blade. This is the racket’s greatest strength and you can improve your ability to spin the ball with just the flick of your wrists.
The Stiga Pro Carbon is not as impressive when it comes to control and hence the rating 80. This is mainly due to the weight of the paddle. It’s difficult to control for newbies and for those who have been used to lighter paddles. Most of them will have trouble with the accuracy of the shots.It will take some time to master this beast but once you understand and gain control over it, it can do wonders.
PROS and CONS
The areas where this paddles excels are the light weight, the speed, the ability to spin, the ergonomic grip, the weight balance and also the fact that you can replace the rubber once it wears out.
But Stiga Pro Carbon has its share of cons as well. It is difficult to control and will take some time to master accuracy with this paddle. The handle is also a bit rough and can be uncomfortable at times.
Overall a paddle that boasts off an excellent performance rating and may take some time for you to get used to it, but once you have got accustomed to playing with it, it will definitely give you an edge over the others. But you must remember that this paddle will suit you only if you are an ardent fan of offensive game play.