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    Stiga DNA Platinum Rubbers

    Stiga DNA Platinum Series Rubbers
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    DNA Platinum XH
    Weight: 72 grams
    Thickness: 2.3mm
    Hardness: 52.5 degrees
    Speed: Off+

    DNA Platinum H
    Weight: 70 grams
    Thickness: 2.3mm
    Hardness: 50 degrees
    Speed: Off+

    DNA Platinum M
    Weight: 68 grams
    Thickness: 2.3mm
    Hardness: 47.5 degrees
    Speed: Off+

    DNA Platinum S
    Weight: 66 grams
    Thickness: 2.3mm
    Hardness: 42.5degrees
    Speed: Off+

    The newest generation of Stiga rubbers have come to town. These rubbers are come with a surprise wherein the features and specs of the rubbers offer a lot than their predecessors. To better understand
    The Platinum Series, I would be explaining them by comparison with each other and also the older series of Vanilla DNA rubbers. I used them for about 1 week to fully test them and have used 3 blades in the test which are the Stiga Arctic, Energy Wood V2 and the Inspira CCF. I have switched the rubbers and blades from time to time to better test their speed and control. Priced at 69 Euros each, these are one the most expensive rubbers in the market for being an ESN rubber. I think the Omega 7 I-Select rubbers are still the most expensive at 100 Euros each.

    Sponge & topsheet

    The DNA Platinum Series is still considered as thick sponged-thin topsheet type of ESN rubber. I have the max thickness sponges at 2.3mm. These rubbers are considered on the heavy side especially the Hard and Extra Hard versions. The Xtra Hard version is the heaviest they have right now that is an ESN type rubber among the Stiga rubbers. This is the first time they have a 52.5 degree-sponge hardness even back when they have Japanese-made rubbers as their main line of products. If I remember it right the hardest would be about 47.5 to 48 degrees. The sponges of all variants are porous but the pores are very minute. The topsheet of all the variants are very grippy and I will discuss the grip in a while. Both the topsheet and sponge seem durable and firm. I did not experience sponge chipping when I was regluing or removing the glue from the sponge although this depends on what WBG glue you have used. I used the regular Stiga WBG glue for the tests.

    Speed & Control

    The Platinum series can compete with the fastest rubbers in the market. The S version despite being just
    at 42.5-degree hardness, offer a lot of speed compared to the same hardness class of other brands. The S version is quite very bouncy if I compare it with the Joola Rhyzm 425 which is also at 42.5 degrees. I felt the Platinum S version feel a bit firmer when pressing your thumb against (I do have sponge samples of almost all past rubbers that I have owned that I kept in a container). The M version or medium hardness version felt a bit bouncier than a Tibhar Evolution MX-P, even when I compare it to the MX-K version, the M version is quite faster. If I compare both the DNA M version and Platinum M versios, the DNA M version would have an obvious more bounce. The H Platinum version at 50 degrees compared with H DNA previous version, I would say the Platinum H version is significantly faster. I have used the DNA H as my test rubbers for more than a year now and I can say with certainty that the DNA H version is significantly less bouncy. There are times the ball will leave a bit earlier when I try to brush the ball really hard either at a very thin contact or when I engage the sponge more especially when far away from the table. I felt the older DNA has better control. The Platinum H when compared with other brand equivalent for the sponge hardness has a greater amount of speed compared to Joola Maxxx 500 or even the MX-P 50 degrees. I would say the speed difference between the MXP-P 50 degrees and Platinum H version is very close. The XH version is the beast of the series. This is the speed demon wherein it is significantly faster compared to either the Omega 7 Asia which more or less if of the same generation and also has the 52.5-degree sponge. I would caution a lot of people in using the XH version because this is for the very skilled level players. The ball leaves a bit earlier than one would expect because of the great rebound the sponge can offer. I have tried even 55-degree ESN rubbers and even 60-degree rubbers but this 52.5-degree version seem a bit faster. I am not sure if it’s the factory tuning used on this rubbers or sponge design that makes this very fast. I had pro ESN rubbers in my stash but they never felt as fast as this. This has the potential of being the fastest rubber in the market today and yes, it is even significantly faster than Tenergy 64. If you would go on a smashing spree, you would love the XH version. It hits really hard every time you smack the ball. All versions except the S version can be as good as a far distance from the table rubber.

    Spin

    The DNA Platinum rubbers are all very spinny. The spin is significantly more compared to the older versions and I will try to explain some of them as best as I can. The older DNA S version is spinny but not as spinny as I wanted tit to be that spinny. The newer Platinum S version has a better upgrade on the spin department because when I did my spinny loops, the one who regularly blocks for me when I test equipment would complain. The older S version felt to have a lesser spin especially when doing loops because even if engage the sponge more, it felt the Platinum version is just on a higher level and also easier to produce spin. Normally, I do not like soft rubbers because as a personal preference, I always the brush the ball like using a tacky rubber on contact and it favors harder rubbers. With the Platinum S, it doesn’t seem to be a problem. Regular or average level players would find it easy to spin with either the S or M version of the Platinum series. The M version is easiest to produce spin due to its balanced hardness and also rebound ability. Although the H and XH versions have greater potential for spin but they require a specific style or way of contact to produce huge amount of spin and therefore greater level of skills. The M version is just about right for everybody who have used the MX-P in the past as it offers more spin and better sponge response. For the H version, although the older H version was easier to produce spin with, I believe the Platinum H version would offer more spin if you give it time also get use to its speed. Starting with the Platinum H version, I believe this is suited more for a varsity level player that has really good skills. Think of the Platinum H as a faster version of the DNA H but will offer a bit more. I would say the spin difference is not much but potentially, in the right player, would offer more spin due to being able to hit harder with it and dig into the sponge. The XH version, well what more can I say, I would say only well-experienced players of higher levels like 2000 US rating can tame this rubber. This is not for the faint hearted nor for people who only have just learned their basic skills in looping the ball. There were times the ball was very spinny for my loops but I just cannot consistently produce a spinny ball due to the repulsion of the sponge. Despite having a hard sponge, it is better to engage the sponge more instead of spinning the ball more with topsheet brush contact because it is counter-productive to spin the ball by just brushing alone with little or less sponge engagement. Fast and spinny balls are its forte so why not maximize the ball contact and stroke for this rubber. For spinny pushes, the XH and H versions seem to be spinnier than the S and M versions. As long as the pushes being done are long, doing spinny pushes are better with the XH and H versions.

    Level usability

    As what I have been trying to emphasize, the S and M versions are the best versions for most people. Even the M version can be used by professional level players with good amount of spin and control. Both the M and S versions require small adjustments when doing drop shots or short pushes near the net. The H and XH versions of the Platinum series require not only skills but also time to adjust for the delicate and short shots inside the table. For active blocking, the XH and H versions really performed more than what I expected. The harder sponges enabled the punch blocks and flat hits to really shine. I think it is an exception if you like to do flat hits or smashes near and far from the table, both the XH and H versions will satisfy most flat drivers because they are easier to use for non spinny offensive strokes and they require lesser amount of skills compared to when looping a ball using a very fast rubber. In the end, just choose the variant that suits you by not overestimating your skill level.





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    awesome review as expected. can you compare the platinum M to vega X in speed,spin, control and overall feeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucasPrime
    awesome review as expected. can you compare the platinum M to vega X in speed,spin, control and overall feeling?
    Platinum M is spinnier while Vega X seem to have a longer and lower trajectory. Speed seem almost the same.

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    I have just received S and M versions of Platinum rubbers, having tested on three blades, do you think these were good on the Energy wood V2, only
    1 of the 3 i currently have, or would you suggest these on a slightly faster blade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikesttreds4
    I have just received S and M versions of Platinum rubbers, having tested on three blades, do you think these were good on the Energy wood V2, only
    1 of the 3 i currently have, or would you suggest these on a slightly faster blade?

    They are already fast with the Energy wood V2 so unless you want something really fast, go for an alc blade.

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    Thanks Yogi I will try them first on Stiga Energy V2, I was intending to currently have DMA M on it anyway, recently been messing around with a darker speed 90, do like it a lot, always liked stiga stuff but keep messing around as you do! I have read loads of things on this website which is great, great to hear from people with a lot of knowledge on things!! Mike

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    Anyone able to compare DNA Platinum M vs. Fastarc G1?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Manto76

    Anyone able to compare DNA Platinum M vs. Fastarc G1?

    Better topsheet grip for DNA M Platinum

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear

    Better topsheet grip for DNA M Platinum

    Which rubbers currently play similar with Platinum XH in the market to be able to compare?


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    Which rubbers currently play similar with Platinum XH in the market to be able to compare?

    Omega 7 tour but XH is much faster.

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    Its actually DNA Pro series and DNA Platinum series.
    There of course is the entry level DNA Future series too.
    So can really just name it Pro H vs Platinum H for example.

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    I just took the plunge and ordered a sheet of DNA Platinum S

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    Anyone can compare H or XH with boosted provincial H3?

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    Coming from Genesis M and Tenergy 80 do you think these rubbers can be a good choice for my looking for that extra speed and spin? How is the speed compared to Genesis if you have tried them?

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    Anyones tested and can compare to Tenergy 80?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicVoc32
    Coming from Genesis M and Tenergy 80 do you think these rubbers can be a good choice for my looking for that extra speed and spin? How is the speed compared to Genesis if you have tried them?

    Genesis rubbers are much slower. The sponge of the Genesis series are DHS-made and are much slower.

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    Nice Information

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    Thanks Yogi for the nice report!

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