Why choose Tenergy 25 over 05 or 64?
You really need to be a big drive looper that likes to hog the table as much as possible to love Tenergy 25. The first thing you need to do is to get over is the fact that most players use Tenergy 05 and Tenergy 64. T25 is most often the last of the series to try too. Even though we have heard numerous reviews and still don’t believe them, we still, out of curiosity, want to find out for our selves, Why the hell was Tenergy 25 invented?
Well, Butterfly Tenergy 25 is almost the same in every way to 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 it too. Speed: 13.5 Spin: 11. All the Tenergy rubbers are medium to medium-soft hardness sponge with great quality sheets that are grippy.
Hard to control?
Because the Tenergy 25 is suppose to be so fast and spiny some people would think it would be very difficult to control but they are often wrong. It makes up for it at the table and to some degree at mid-distance when compared to other manufacturers. Drives are very consistent with lots of power and spin. Some players find that the ball always goes on the table. If you have good footwork there is no rubber like Tenergy 25, because it will improve your game remarkably and boost your confidence because you can handle whatever is thrown at you. The control factor of the rubber also depends on the blade choice and many 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 more substance and density the speed on slow strokes are slow-medium, and you can control pace well just as you can any hard rubber at the table. Hard rubber has good soft tap hitting ability that soft sponges don’t have.
What is bad about Tenergy 25?
Even though counterlooping, blocking and serving are all amazing, lifting chop balls is a nightmare for some lower level players with T25. Its all up to the player really though, it all depends on which throw angle you like. If you like a high throw you will think that the low throw of this rubber is this rubbers only flaw. Although flipping and looping over the table are nice and easy, from mid-distance and up it becomes harder and more effort is needed than 05 and 64. The hard feel results in slightly less mechanical spin, but it fractions out, and still light years ahead of the last generation of High Tension or Tensor rubbers.
Butterfly durability in this rubber
It also lasts as long as 05, which has proved to be amazingly durable if you avoid ripping it accidentally. If you play mostly over the table, or previously used glued low-throw Chinese rubbers, then 25 is well worth a go.
Power loops or drive smash loops are insanely fast, and this the absolute strength of this rubber. If you are the kind of player goes for the all out kill shot this rubber is the best I have tried without a doubt.
Smashes are fast and very controllable although the feeling feels a bit weird in all the density.
Spin or Speed more important with Tenergy 25
Spin on loops is excellent but nowhere near as extreme as Tenergy 05 or 64 for that matter. People have trouble blocking Tenergy 25 attacks primarily because of the sheer power, but spin loops that are unblockable are also very possible especially when the rubber is newer. Some would say Tenergy 25 is very similar to a traditional tacky Chinese rubber.
When serving is very good and because the pips make the rubber less bouncy a lot more control is possible once a new user gives time to adjust.
Fast serves digging into the sponge gives some extra spin.
On the topic of control it all depends on what kind of control you are seeking, some would say 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!
Butterfly Tenergy 25 has the lowest throw angle of the high throw angle so in the end we would have to say it has a relatively low throw angle.
Some would say it is good for punching but in the writers opinion, the sponge and rubber just make this rubber feel way too dense to “feel good”. There is very very little chance of digging into the sponge and rubber so well that you can utilize or feel the nature of the blade underneath. The only time you can dig in that deep is on really really hard power shots at full strength.
Tenergy 25 is not made for hitting through spin. There is some confidence for hitting at away from the table due to topsheet and sponge, but is not advised as the rubber performs best when limited to close to the table.
Some would say that the larger pimples mean less dwell time but really dwell time has nothing to do with huge pimples. All they do on this rubber is hinder what feels like a normal looping rubber.
Some also say that this table tennis rubber known as Tenergy 25 almost feels like they were playing with some old glued up Bryce again because of the power, spin and throw angle.
Tenergy 25 at the table
The conclusion is that Butterfly’s table tennis rubber: Tenergy 25 is a very good rubber for closer to the table players, it is much easier to take the ball right off the bounce with this rubber than T05. Not only that, it actually requires the player to take it right off the bounce. It really is a rubber for hitting downwards, well at least compared to Tenergy 05 and 64 which excels at hitting a dropping or late ball.
Although it has great power away from the table as well, the low throw angle just gives you a disadvantage and you would be trying 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.