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PostPosted: 22 Feb 2020, 19:13 
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Hey Guys,

So both of the above Stiga models are available on Amazon USA and I was thinking which one to buy.

I am an intermediate player and offensive player.

What I need right now is most control.

The price is roughly the same (only 15 USD difference) so that is not a concern and Raptor is the updated newer model so my mind says go for the latest, assuming that a newer model will be better than the last model.

Please tell which to get - Pro-Carbon or Raptor?
In other words - Which is better and also more forgiving for intermediate players? - STIGA Pro Carbon or STIGA Raptor

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Blade: Hurricane Long 3
FH: DHS Hurricane 8
BH: Tibhar MX-P
These look like fairly expensive premades. Before making a choice, maybe look at something for much less, made from a separate blade and rubber combo. E.G. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/group/ ... 3263.1_0_1

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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2020, 17:40 
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Get one of these.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1308156861.html

Anyone heard of Stiga "S5" rubber? That's what comes on the pre-mades.

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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2020, 19:08 
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I'll strongly second Isk's recommendation. The bat is great value (for little money) for intermediate level of attacking play, offering lots of control. You can play with confidence. Look no further. :up:


Last edited by TTbuddy on 24 Feb 2020, 05:14, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2020, 19:52 
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Thanks a lot guys!
I am getting what Isk recommended

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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2020, 20:14 
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Good call. Let us know how you go with it. :up:


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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2020, 20:18 
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Thanks! will certainly do.
just placed the order in fact.
Saved me a good amount of money by not ordering the Stiga


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There's something about pre-mades sold by European companies like Stiga, Donic, Schildkrot, etc., even Butterfly. You tend to find these on Amazon or in department stores (like Wal-Mart). They're generally (though not 100%) quite bad - heavy and slow, usually. The "S" rubbers (S-S5) are apparently slow beginner rubbers they put on pre-mades, you can't buy them separately. Chinese pre-mades, on the other hand, as long as they're made by a recognized table tennis company like 729 or Sanwei, are usually quite usable (the exception being Double Fish), they'll put a low end Chinese tacky rubber on them, and these rubbers are generally quite a bit faster than the ones they put on the Euro pre-mades. The recommendation I made is for a "custom" racket rather than a pre-made, some retailers offer deals where you buy a blade and two sheets of rubber and they assemble the racket for you. Saves you from having to buy glue, learning how to put rubber on, etc. The blade is the one I use, I love that blade, even though it's really inexpensive, and the rubber is an inexpensive but good Chinese tacky rubber.

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Speaking of weird rackets for sale on Amazon..

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HHT52CQ/re ... k_detail_0

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WHITE rubber? With printing on it? Yeah, I can see "professionals" using this.. :lol: They COULD have put their model in shorts and T-shirt and they COULD have used a less obviously cheap table in the picture...

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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2020, 02:31 
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This was one of the weirdest things I saw Amazon!


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Ok, so this Sanwei M8 racket is amazing. Solid control!
Quick question - when should it be replaced with the new one to account for rubber deterioration?
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Hi,

I was looking for a racket to get back to playing after a long time, and as the majority of sites recommend the Stiga Pro Carbon, I ended up here in this topic. Hope someone can help me.

I play recreational, and suppose I know the basics. I would say I'm a mid level beginner, and use the penhold grip. I'm an impatient all around-er who ends up striking when I get the chance. My backhand seems more solid both for serving and striking, forehand more defensive.

In my country I have access to the following rubbers right now: Reactor Corbor, GENERAL, 729 XL, 868 KOKUTAKU, T88, T88 III and TIMBOLL. The blade is Reactor Classic. They send the racket mounted. I also have access to some premade rackets that are more expensive, but would fit my pocket, such as: Donic Ovtcharov 1000, 3000 and Top Team 800; DHS 6002 and 4002; and several Butterfly: Addoy 1000, 2000, 201, RDJ CS-2, RDJ S4, RDJ S5, Stayer 1800 (there is the Wakaba 300 Classic, but it gets too expensive).

I understood from what was said here that the premades would be a waste of money, specially considering that the Stiga gets better reviews than the premades I mentioned here, right? That being true, which combination of two rubbers would you suggest in my case? Or should I go with one of the premade?

Appreciate very much any help. Thanks!


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