Why choose Tenergy 25 over 05 or 64?
You really need to be a big drive looper in order for you to love the Tenergy 25 rubber. The first thing you need to get over is the fact that most players use Tenergy 05 and Tenergy 64. T25 is the last option for most players to choose. Maybe you have heard some positive reviews about this rubber and you may still in doubt and wish to find out why the hell was Tenergy 25 got invented in the first place?
Well, Butterfly Tenergy 25 is almost the same in every aspect with Tenergy 05 or Tenergy 64, except for the “25” Pip code structure. The big pip design proved to be the best for playing close to the table following extensive tests by both technology and players. The rubber enables the player to attack with both spin and power close to the table or those with amazing abilities at half distance also. It is faster than Butterfly’s number 1 best seller, Tenergy 05, and has less spin than 05. Speed: 13.5 Spin: 11. All the Tenergy rubbers are having medium to medium-soft hardness sponge with great quality sheets that are grippy.
Hard to control?
Due to many people think that the Tenergy 25 suppose to be a fast and spiny rubber, so they would think it can be very difficult to control. But this is not really true. The rubber is makes up for it to well perform at the table and to some degree at mid-distance when compared to other manufacturers.
Drives are very consistent and you can get a lot of power and spin. Some players find that the ball always goes on the table. If you have good footwork then Tenergy 25 will help to improve your game remarkably and boost your confidence because you can handle whatever is thrown at you.
The control of the rubber also depends on the blade that you use. Many players have said that its best to balance out the low throw with a higher throw blade. For example, most people say it plays especially well on an arylate-carbon blade like Michael Maze.
Because the pips give this rubber so much substance and density, the speed on slow strokes are slow-medium, and you can control the pace well at the table. Generally, hard rubber tend to have good soft tap hitting ability that soft sponges don’t have.
What is bad about Tenergy 25?
Even though you can use the T25 to do good counterlooping, blocking and serving, but lifting chop balls can be a nightmare for some lower level players. However, its all up to you depends on which throw angle you like. If you like a high throw you will think that the low throw is a flaw for this rubber. Even though flipping and looping over the table is nice and easy, but it can be harder to do so from mid-distance. More effort is needed than 05 and 64.
It also lasts as long as 05, which has proved to be very durable as long as you are not ripping the rubber accidentally. If you play mostly over the table, or you like to use low-throw Chinese rubbers, then T25 is just suit you well.
Power loops or drive smash loops are insanely fast, and it is the absolute strength of this rubber. If you are the kind of player who like to go all out and make killing shot, then this rubber is the best that you can have. Besides, smashes are fast and very controllable as well.
Spin on loops is excellent but nowhere close to Tenergy 05 or 64. Some people are having trouble in blocking the attacks with Tenergy 25 because of the sheer power. Some would say Tenergy 25 is very similar to a traditional tacky Chinese rubber.
You can make good serving because the pips make the rubber less bouncy and so you can have more control with your serving. You can perform fast serves by digging into the sponge which will give you some extra spin.
It depends on what kind of control you are looking for. Some said it is easy to block because of the throw angle but they probably haven’t tried how easy it is to block with Tenergy 05 or 64! It has the lowest throw angle as well compare to T05 and T64.
Some would say it is good for attacking but in my opinion, the sponge and rubber just make this rubber not really good. There is very little chance of digging into the sponge and rubber in order for you to feel the nature of the blade. The only time you have a deep rubber and wood contact is when you are performing hard power shots at full strength.
Tenergy 25 is not made for hitting through spin. You may think of doing your topspin away from the table with the topsheet and sponge, but is not advised as the rubber performs best when you are stay close to the table.
Some would say that the larger pimples that this rubber has mean less dwell time for them. But actually dwell time has nothing to do with huge pimples. All they do on this rubber is just like a normal looping rubber.
Some also say that this Tenergy 25 make them feels like they were playing with some old glued up Bryce again because of the power, spin and throw angle.
The conclusion is this Butterfly Tenergy 25 is a very good rubber for players who play close to the table where they will be easier to take the ball right off the bounce with this rubber.
Although it can give you great power when playing loop away from the table, the low throw angle just gives you an disadvantage and you need to avoid it as much as possible with this set up.
Finally, lets see how excited a table tennis player can get before opening a new sheet of Tenergy 25 in the video below. Bryan Pace reveals nothing but his Equipment junkie excitement.