Should you buy the Stiga Cybershape carbon blade?
Coach EmRatThich reveals the secret of this blade. Let’s analyze the blade with me.
In the previous video, Stiga Cybershape, part 1, we have talked about the possible advantages of this blade. These advantages are claimed by Stiga. Are they true? Some players said that this is just marketing. I’m not sure, so I want to try it.
How do we test it
Stiga Cybershape carbon is very famous now. I’ve seen that some players in Vietnam who are trying to make a similar racket shape. I’ve made a review about this racket. You can search “Stiga Cybershape review pingsunday” to read about it.
I’ve seen that some players in Vietnam who are trying to make a similar racket shape. I’ve made a review about this racket. You can search “Stiga Cybershape review pingsunday” to read about it.
Some provincial players in China want to test this new racket. With the feedback of Hainan Provincial Team members, we are testing this new racket. I’ve heard some of their feedback is:
- The sound of the blade is crisp
- The blade is rather stiff. A lot of energy to play far from the table.
- The main issue of Stiga Cybershape is that the center of gravity is up near the head.
- The blade is rather head-heavy.
Here is the video that the top player in China testing this new racket of Stiga:
Truls Moregard personal racket
We watched Truls Möregardh has used the extraordinary shape bat in the final of the World Championships in Houston, USA, last month. Seeing this bat, you may think, “Is it really useful for table tennis? Is the new Cybershape very good and innovative for table tennis players?”
Don’t worry. I’m here to reveal it.
This is the video that I’ve reviewed and tested the blade personally. It has some advantages but also some drawbacks.
The octagonal shape geometry has various advantages over the standard shape that are not available.Stiga is very smart. They have chosen WTTC 2021 to promote the blade. WTTC 2021, the world’s largest table tennis event, is the ideal time to release the racket.
Stiga’s Möregardh is also a good choice because the blade boosted the World Record #71 player to the silver medal. Does this racket contribute to the player’s success?
Yes, I do think so. And, of course, the blade’s sweet spot is larger. I confirmed this in this video.
Unboxing the Cybershape carbon blade
This is the box I have received from Stiga. The package is very nice and beautiful. I like it.
The blade is from Sweden.
The blade has a weight of 84g. The blade’s composition is 6.2 mm thick 7 ply composite.
It has the same composition as the CCF blade from Stiga.
Stiga Cybershape Carbon with the Master handle. I really love the Master handle. The best handle for sure, if you like Stiga blade.
Note that: The Cypershape is patent pending. So you can’t copy the shape. You can’t make a similar shape because it’s under the intelligence property of Stiga.
Penhold grip vs shakehand grip
The Penhold and the shakehand grip version of Stiga Cybershape carbon.
Note that, they don’t have the same dimension.
Penhold version has an 11% larger area. The Chinese Penhold version has only a +9% larger area.
The sweet spot is larger. I will check it later.
Wow, the blade is very nice. It’s very comfortable to hold in your hand.
I really like the wood quality of the playing surface. But I don’t like the wood material for the handle.
It seems rough, coarse. I wish that if Stiga could polish the handle a little bit more.
The handle and the contact lens are average. It can change the color from blue to purple, depending on the angle. But I think Stiga can improve it a little bit more.
Feeling in the hand
Feeling a blade in the hand is very important. It’s everything for a table tennis player. The feeling is very comfortable. It’s amazing!
Testing the bouncing
This blade has a very strong core. The bounce is very good. The core of the blade is strong, and it’s very good when you play far from the table.
The pitching sound is not as high as some Butterfly carbon blades. But it is very good. By hearing the sound, you can understand the speed, stiffness, and hardness of the blade.
This blade is stiff. I confirm that. That’s why the sweet spot is very consistent and large.
The carbon layer is not closer to the outer ply. This carbon layer will support the core strength of the blade.
Reveal the secret
What is the secret of Stiga Cybershape?
Is this blade has a larger sweet spot?
Yes. I confirm that. It’s very simple.
The sweet spot is a function of the playing surface. This blade has a +9% larger playing surface, so the sweet spot is larger. This blade has a larger width, so the sweet spot is larger.
Let’s compare it versus the Butterfly Viscaria blade.
Viscaria has a classic oval shape. The sweet spot is near the center of the blade.
The Stiga Cybershape is more rectangular. So the wood material is expanded near the head of the blade. That’s why this blade is head-heavy.
Compare to Viscaria of Butterfly
Viscaria has a smaller head. Can you hear the bouncing sound?
It’s totally different.
The sound of Viscaria has a higher pitch than Stiga Cybershape carbon.
Because the ALC layer is near the outer ply. This is the sound of the ALC carbon layer. So Viscaria is more bouncy, more responsive with the short ball. Viscaria is great for service return, spinny serve, backhand flick.
Cybershape carbon is more consistent. The sweet spot is larger, and the head is bigger. The carbon layer is near the core. So the core strength is stronger than Viscaria. Cybershape is good to play far from the table.
Yes, Cybershape is a little bit head-heavy than Viscaria.
So if you have a wrist injury, or your playing style is using a lot of wrists, then this blade is difficult for you.
This blade is very nice when you play at mid-distance, far from the table. I like a head-heavy blade because I like playing mid-distance. But I don’t know your playing style.
But it’s more difficult to serve, to make a spinny serve. Because with the head heavy, a larger head, you need to use more the acceleration from your wrist.
For the service return, it takes time. Because it’s rather rigid. The blade is rather stiff. So you may eat some spins from the opponent. But don’t worry. You need time to adapt to a new blade. In general, you need 2 weeks to get the feeling of a new blade.
By employing this method of construction, Stiga has managed to create a blade that can be used both close to and far from a table at the same time. However, like with any type of blade, it is not universally applicable, and thus has its own set of drawbacks:
At roughly 90 grams, I believe this octagonal design loses its advantages. It’s a little bit head-heavy. So it’s not comfortable to do the backhand flick on the table like Viscaria.
The head shape is larger, so this blade suites better to the far from the table counter-attack playing style. It suits very well to Truls Moregard’s playing style because he tends to play far from the table with his blocking and counter-attack European style.
Cybershape is not a blade that you like playing a soft touch. It’s a blade for the counter-attacking style. It has less spin, but very good power. This Stiga blade is composed of a 6.2 mm thick 7 ply composite.
The main problem is the neck area because you need to have a strong wrist. It’s also vital to note that with this blade, you won’t be able to generate heavy spins from a distance like DHS Hurricane Long 5 (check price/ read review). This is the best blade for a counter-attack from mid-distance to long distance.
And finally, I have made an honest review of this blade. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.
I hope you have a great Christmas season which is coming soon.
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.