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Blade: Stiga Clipper Classic
FH: Tibhar Evolution MX-S 1.9
BH: Dr. Neubauer K.O. Pro 1.3
Just a few unsorted thoughts about testing Matador Texa Balsa and Stiga Clipper Wood with the same rubbers.

I play with Tibhar Evolution MX-S -- rather hard linear rubber and with Dr. Neubauer K.O. Pro 1.3 -- unspiny MP rubber that affords both LP and SP technique.

1) Matador is faster, harder and with lower throw. I am not sure either Clipper or Matador is more spin sensitive. Both blades designed to tame spin rather then populate spin.
2) IMO hard inverted rubber does not fit to Matador. Low dwell make it difficult to generate power during loop. Wristy short strokes are nicely controllable if you adjust your racker angle to Matador's very low throw. But I personally do not play rubbers with catapult that Matador wants.
3) Matador pips' side has unexpected good feeling and sure better spin then Clipper. Because of feel Matador performs much better and controllable during short game and passive blocking. The Matador blade has better grip for pips that makes pushes and chops are easier to perform and with more spin. Any shorter strokes are better with Matador.
4) But Stiga Clipper is better when you want to charge big hit with large stroke. Clipper longer holds the ball, but it is surprisingly less spin sensitive then other blades I tried. Clipper is a dream for smash and power loops. Stiga Clipper is adequate during short game but it is very solid in middle distance and away from the table. Stiga Clipper is better at attacking with speed and active blocking.
6) Matador Texa Balsa has unique good feel among fast blades. It generates good spin with short strokes. It is designed for fast close to the table game and less potent away. I know many defensive blades that are perfect for pips out and have difficulties in attacking side. Matador is full OFF speed but still a defensive push-blocking blade for me.

I am addicted to MX-S rubber so decided to continue to play with Clipper despite of I play 80% strokes with pips. I personally need sure FH for the cost of BH complexity.


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