The 5-ply Force blade with Magic Rubber 1.8 mm sheet has excellent control characteristics, making table tennis even more fun.ITTF Approved Speed: 50 Spin: 55 Control: 95 Table Tennis Bat: Stiga 1 Star Force Bat The 5-ply Force blade with Magic Rubber 1.8 mm sheet has excellent control characteristics, making table tennis even more fun. ITTF Approved Speed: 50 Spin: 55 Control: 95 Stiga Art. No. 1783-34 Weight TBC ADVICE SERVICE If you would like to discuss the effect and performance of any specific bat, blade or rubber you can rely on our judgement and advice. You can also be confident that whatever we recommend represents the best. We are only at the other end of the telephone. USE THIS GUIDE TO HELP CHOOSE THE RIGHT STIGA BAT THE WRB SYSTEM accelerates the blade face for faster returns, more power and extra sensitivity of touch. THE STIGA TUBE is a technology where the middle veneer with ”micro-channels” lengthways in the middle ply of the blades. The channels are then filled with different materials depending on the blades desired characteristics. THE CRYSTAL TECHNOLOGY increase your speed. Normal blade treatments use regular lacquer, but Crystal Technology employs a transparent hydrophilic gel lacquer that STIGA specially developed. THE NCT TECHNOLOGY blades use our nano technology. THE ACS-TECHNOLOGY allows very high speed to be combined with max springiness/elasticity in an ultralight rubber with outstanding control. BALSA Makes the blade lighter. HANDLE TYPES: Everyone holds his racket in a different way. This is not about shakehand or penhold grip but about the different way you can hold the bat. Both grips have numerous varieties which influence the feeling of the ball and have advantages and disadvantages depending on the strokes you play. handles RUBBER CARE: Inverted rubber needs regular cleaning and protection from light, particularly UV light, also humidity and extreme temperatures. RUBBER THICKNESS: The types and thickness of sponge are specifically designed for different types of games and their selection is an important factor. The sponge thickness ranges from O.5mm to 2.5mm. Speed and spin increases with the thickness of the sponge, but the control decreases. Sponge thicknesses of 1.9mm – 2.5mm require increased training to maintain good control. Soft sponge enhances control and helps increase spin. 1.1 – 1.3mm for defensive (DEF) to passively all-round players (ALL-). 1.5 – 1.7mm for actively all-round players (ALL/ALL+) 1.9 – 2.1mm – max for offensive players with all variations of speed and spin (OFF-, OFF, OFF+). RUBBER TYPES: ANTI SPIN Pimple in rubber. The playing surface has very little grip and is very slow with little or no elasticity in the sponge – e.g. Toni Hold (Austria) this is used as a combination rubber with a disruptive effect when playing away from the table and is less effective when blocking or counter hitting. The classic anti spin characteristics are little or no sponge, elasticity, energy absorbent sponge producing minimum amount of spin. However such as Stiga Energy Absorber have faster sponges causing problems to opponents MEDIUM PIMPLE Pimples 1 .2mm – 1 .6mm long. Less of a threat and not so training intensive as long pimples. The disruptive effect is relatively small. Gives good control with a low trajectory return, but with minimum spin. LONG PIMPLES These are suitable for defensive and allround players. The long pimples are between 1.6mm and 1.8mm. in length and can be with or without sponge. The thin flexible pimples are the most effective, but are inclined to break off if they are not played face on! The pimples will give unpredictable playing qualities. These will be dependent to a great extent upon the amount of spin and speed on the ball received and also on the angle of the bat when playing the ball. The effect will produce an unpredictable return with irregular flight paths making it difficult for the attacking opponent. This type of rubber needs a great deal of training time if you wish to be successful and obtain maximum effect. Long pimples are ideal for combination bat players who will have a grippy pimple-in rubber on one side of the bat and long pimple-out on the other – introducing a guessing game for the opponent. PIMPLES OUT Short pimples approx 1.0mm long give a very direct ball rebound with a short ball contact time producing a minimal amount of spin. This is an ideal rubber for players who block and counter hit. It is also good for controlling the opponents spin. This rubber is frequently used on the backhand side of the bat. PIMPLES NO SPONGE Short (approx. 1 .0mm long) pimple out – without sponge. The playing characteristics are a passive rubber – with very good ball control but low speed and spin possible making it difficult to give variation in stroke play. PIMPLES IN Is the most versatile rubber giving the largest variation in speed and spin – from the high grippy and speed reduction of the defensive rubber to the high elasticity, spin dynamic offensive rubber covering the whole spectrum in modern table tennis. The characteristics for the pimples in rubber are achieved through various rubber mixtures -e.g. different Indian rubber types and processing – i.e. varying temperatures, supplementary materials etc, making pimples in rubber the most effective available.