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    Question Stiga Evolution slightly more offensive alternative

    Hi, had this paddle for about a year, and it's time to replace it (I don't play too often - may be once a week) and it's a bit too defensive for me. It took me about a month to apply enough strength to put the ball over the net consistently.
    I prefer to play a mixed type of game usually closer to the table, but I definitely want to be able to return aggressive attacks from a meter or two away.

    I think Stiga Carbon and Kingspin Jet800 are way too offensive...

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    Killerspin Kido 7P Table Tennis Racket thoughts on this one?


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    Stiga Azalea Off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear
    Stiga Azalea Off.
    thank you for your suggestion, I have never put together a paddle; therefore, I am looking for an already assembled racket.

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    Many companies will attach rubber for you prior to shipping but it is still really useful to learn to do this yourself. It is pretty easy after the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baal
    Many companies will attach rubber for you prior to shipping but it is still really useful to learn to do this yourself. It is pretty easy after the first time.
    absolutely - I have no argument here, ping pong isn't my only hobby though and I only play maybe once a week. Gentleman before only mentioned the blade type...also evolution is a defensive paddle and I am being suggested the offensive one and which rubber?
    waiting for a more comprehensive suggestion

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    What rubbers you have on it?
    You can change only the rubbers with faster rubbers, it's not that hard to do it.
    The blade is good even with the new ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmrostov
    Hi, had this paddle for about a year, and it's time to replace it (I don't play too often - may be once a week) and it's a bit too defensive for me. It took me about a month to apply enough strength to put the ball over the net consistently.
    I prefer to play a mixed type of game usually closer to the table, but I definitely want to be able to return aggressive attacks from a meter or two away.

    I think Stiga Carbon and Kingspin Jet800 are way too offensive...

    Any help is appreciated
    i doubt many here have much experience with premade paddles. Once someone decides to take up the sport seriously the move is to go with a custom made blade and rubbers. If you dont want to go down that road - I guess you could go for one of their higher priced "5 Star" paddles
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    Quote Originally Posted by 808ponger
    i doubt many here have much experience with premade paddles. Once someone decides to take up the sport seriously the move is to go with a custom made blade and rubbers. If you dont want to go down that road - I guess you could go for one of their higher priced "5 Star" paddles
    I understand that, 5 Star paddles could be offensive/defensive etc...I have played the sport seriously in my teenage years, not many-many years later it's just a hobby.

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    They don't specify, the fact that makes it slow is the hollow very light blade. I also don't think it's made to replace rubber.

    This is what they list as specs on their website:

    • Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
    • Performance Ratings- Speed: 96 Spin: 94 Control: 90
    • Handle: Concave Pro
    • Rubber: Premium
    • Sponge: 2.0 mm
    • Blade: 6-ply Light

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmrostov
    They don't specify, the fact that makes it slow is the hollow very light blade. I also don't think it's made to replace rubber.

    This is what they list as specs on their website:

    • Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
    • Performance Ratings- Speed: 96 Spin: 94 Control: 90
    • Handle: Concave Pro
    • Rubber: Premium
    • Sponge: 2.0 mm
    • Blade: 6-ply Light
    corrections, they say the rubber is replaceable.

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    Cool

    I won't say anything new, but I'd stay away from those "high end" premade rackets. They can get way too expensive for what they are and you can get so much better and for less. Just without turbo nano labels.

    For example my racket is super cheap, it should be smth like 40eur for the blade, 25eur for FH DHS H3Neo and some 50 for my BH Donic Bluefire. So in total ~120eur. If you change the rubbers to smth like nice chinese made Palio AK, which cost around 15 per rubber, you would get 70eur for a good quality not too offensive blade..

    Better and cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simas
    I won't say anything new, but I'd stay away from those "high end" premade rackets. They can get way too expensive for what they are and you can get so much better and for less. Just without turbo nano labels.

    For example my racket is super cheap, it should be smth like 40eur for the blade, 25eur for FH DHS H3Neo and some 50 for my BH Donic Bluefire. So in total ~120eur. If you change the rubbers to smth like nice chinese made Palio AK, which cost around 15 per rubber, you would get 70eur for a good quality not too offensive blade..

    Better and cheaper
    Thank you for your advise, seems like both of your sides are extremely offensive. Are they both OFF+?

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    The Stiga Azalea is very good. You could either get the ALL (more control) or OFF (more speed) version.

    For rubbers, I'd recommend Xiom Vega Europe in 2.0mm on both sides.

    You can purchase this combo at a discount from tabletennis11.com who will put it together for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmrostov
    Thank you for your advise, seems like both of your sides are extremely offensive. Are they both OFF+?
    no, they are not. blade is is not off+ for sure. H3Neo is rubber with a lot of gears, it's not a tensor, so if you smack, it flies, but if you don't the speed is average. It's perfect for "touch" game. It has some tackiness too. Donic Bluefire is slightly more offensive, it's tensor, so there is some pop effect, but nothing crazy.

    Generally, the playing characteristics depend both on rubbers and the blade, and I'd say even more on the blade. So if your blade is all wood, it would be hard to get smth very super crazy fast even with 7ply hard wood blade. If it's 5ply Stiga OFF, it won't be near to off+

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