Tenergy 05 is an ideal rubber for offensive topspin strategic play. Tenergy series features integration of modern innovation, “Spring Sponge” and well-known “High Tension” technology which is well designed for a replacement of speed-glue. The rubber is perfect for a modern table tennis strategy enhancing lots of feel, spin variations and fierce dynamics.
Basic Rubber Information:
Type: offensive, super spin
Surface: medium (a little bit hard)
Tenergy 05 is the first product of the Tenergy series feature with the original pimples shape. It combined High Tension technology with the characteristics of a highly tacky rubber to maximize spin power. Its great performance has not only been proven by a large number of professional players, but also in scientific measurement. It is one of the best spinning rubbers being produced by Butterfly.
Butterfly Tenergy 05 Performance
Note: The graph reflects real users experience which may not be identical to information form the manufacturer
Review of Butterfly Tenergy 05
This rubber has been long regarded as one of the best modern offensive table tennis rubbers in the market with very expensive price (USD$ 70 – 80). Its popularity has been proven by tons of solid professional players year after year.
Physically the rubber is quite heavy with nearly 50 g (lighter than Tenergy 25 but slightly heavier than Tenergy 64 and 80). It offers medium to hard feel with new High Tension technology from Butterfly that optimizes its spin and speed.
In terms of serve, Butterfly Tenergy 05 offers quite decent side-backspin power. Even though this is a non-tacky rubber, you can still perform heavy backspin with little effort. Given the fact that the rubbers offers you many gears, it allows you to perform nice variation of speed and spin for your serves. In addition, this rubber is quite a forgiving rubber for serves which means it allows you to make a fine serve despite some slight mistakes.
Regarding speed, Butterfly Tenergy 05 features extremely fast speed. Its speed power is close to the fastest rubber in the market (slightly slower than Butterfly Tenergy 80, and Butterfly Bryce Speed FX). It allows you to perform very strong paunch or smash with almost effortless. It sounds like a thunder when the rubber hit on the ball.
Spin power seems to be a prominent feature of this rubber. Butterfly Tenergy 05 offers you monstrous topspin ball with relatively high throw angle (higher arc than Butterfly Tenergy 80). Its spin power is arguably more powerful than Tenergy 80 and slightly less than Butterfly Spin Art. This rubber is not only provide tremendous spin power, but also help you to generate spin relatively easy with almost effortless. It is very forgiving rubber that allow you to generate decent topspin loop even with some inconsistent strokes or techniques especially when integrated with good control blade. So this seems to be an ideal for intermediate players to start practicing their loop.
In terms of controllability, Butterfly Tenergy 05 offers reasonably fine control (slightly better than Tenergy 80). It allows you to return ball with quite high precision for both direction and distance. Blocking ability is second to none among offensive blades. Furthermore, this rubber provides ability to reduce the sensitivity of incoming spin ball (Thanks to the conical shape of the pips). This will greatly enhance controllability.
Overall this blade features very impressive mix between speed and spin. It is arguably one of the best offensive rubbers for the modern table tennis. Only one con is its expensive price. It is highly recommended for intermediate to professional players who comes with high budget.
Recommended Table Tennis Blades for Butterfly Tenergy 05
Super Offensive: Butterfly Boll Tri Carbon
Overall Rating 4.8 / 5
Know The Difference Rubber Thickness between Tenergy 1.7, 1.9 and 2.1
The rubber is not that different to any other rubber when it comes to differences regarding the thickness you use. In a nutshell:
- Butterfly Tenergy 2.1 is the fastest, spinniest and most control for a looping.
- Tenergy 1.9 is in between.
- Tenergy 1.7 is the slowest, least spinny and has the most control for less aggressive play.
You can loop with any thickness, it depends on your blade too. The thinner you go though, expect that you need more precision when you go for a big swing because you have less rubber to work with.
Tenergy 1.7 is quicker but not more powerful. You have less catapult but the ball hits the blade quicker and leaves quicker too and encourages a more drive style which can be very fast.
If you are a serious looper and want to experience the true Butterfly ratings that they advertise make sure you use the 2.1 as most professionals who use Tenergy use 2.1, and Butterfly most probably does it’s test primarily at maximum thickness.
Tenergy 05 vs 05 FX
When Butterfly first released the Tenergy 05 in FX version, it created a buzz in the table tennis community especially those who have already used Tenergy 05 were crazy in buying it.
The FX version is lighter than the original 05.
Although Tenergy 05 has a medium hard sponge, but it didn’t suit for many people who love to have the ball penetrating into the blade easily.
The FX version makes more sound when hitting the wood.
Like every softer product, Tenergy 05 FX is less durable compare to 05.
FX feel better on softer blades which allow more natural progression. So if you have a Timo Boll ZLF, you should keep it as the blade is made for the FX versions.
Is Tenergy 05 really that expensive considering the outstanding performance and durability that it can offering you? Well, although the price is high, but it is well worth the money. You just need to make sure that you are taking good care of it and it will last for a long time.
The rubber has often been referred to a separate category or even a middle category between Chinese spin and Euro speed rubbers.
Tenergy 05 is not as tacky as the Chinese rubber but it produces more spin than the Chinese rubber. The high speed and sponge for mechanical spin puts it closer to European table tennis rubbers. So you get some of the advantages of traditional Chinese tacky rubbers (easy spin on serves and loops), but with great blocking and driving ability. The rubber can perform the offensive style very well. it is like a Euro and Chinese rubber being fused together.