Well before I start my review of the Tenergy rubber, I should preface that this is not my first racket but rather my third.
My first racket (if you can even consider it a racket) was a 6 dollar Sportscraft pre-made from Wal-mart. It was cheap, very low spin on the rubber and only 1.5 mm sponge but honestly for 6 bucks and for someone starting out you can’t go wrong, my second racket was a Stiga titanium pre-made.
This was actually a pretty good setup but its strong ability was flat hitting and had a VERY low throw, I will be honest it is responsible for improving my game incredibly and helped my game become much more aggressive than passive but it was an extremely heavy set up.
The blade is extremely thick; it looked about 50% thicker than a TBS and the rubbers had somewhat hard and very dense 2.4mm sponge on both sides. Now onto my review.
This review pretty much only exists to further make most reviews of the 05 and 64 more concrete. I glued them on a Timo Boll Spirit but I will not be reviewing it, only the rubbers. The only difference between this review and others is that I have very little experience with other rubbers (as mentioned above) so it’s coming from that kind of perspective.
Tenergy 05 2.1mm Black (Forehand)
Compared to my old setup this is an EXTREMELY different rubber than what I was previously used to but this is a good thing as I was getting pretty tired of that old Stiga. For the first time, I finally figured out what everyone meant by gears.
Tenergy 05 is very precise and does exactly what your stroke tells it to do (this is where those gears come into play). What I really enjoyed is that if you want to keep the ball at a slower speed, the 05 is more than capable of doing so and at the same time it still stays extremely spinny.
Just as everyone says, the 05 is a looping monster. It’s loops literally are the definition of power loop. It seemed no matter what the distance the high spin of this rubber always seems to get the ball on the table assuming you use the correct stroke.
Also, it’s flat hitting was certainly very good as well with solid drives and flicks and also amazing smashes. My serves are absolutely LOADED. Great control on them but if you’re not careful, it can go a little long but still absolutely love its serving ability.
It is also pretty solid on sidespin looping but this is something I need to work on so it may be partly my fault that I screw those shots up.
I found very few cons. The only cons I managed to find are its chopping abilities and it’s pushing and somewhat its block. Its blocks are not really that bad but the 05 is sensitive to spin so you kind of have to have a more active kind of slight topspin block, this isn’t really a problem since on my forehand this is how I would normally block anyway.
When pushing, I find the Tenergy 05 to still be very sensitive to spin and can make the ball pop up a little high so it’s important to read spin well when using this rubber. F
or chopping I don’t normally chop on my forehand during a volley, if I ever end up chopping with my forehand during a rally it’s usually one of those “do anything possible to get the ball back on the table” kind of saves on a low ball (but this is rare) but I did try my mediocre forehand chop a little and while it wasn’t terrible, I found it a little hard to control and it ended up going higher.
- Looping – 10/10
- Driving – 7.5/10
- Flicks – 8/10
- Pushes – 6.5/10
- Smashing – 9/10
- Serving – 9.5/10
- *Side-spin Looping – 7/10
- *^Chopping – 5/10
“*” indicates my low level of ability for this stroke
“*^” indicates this rubber is not meant for this kind of stroke
Tenergy 64 2.1mm Red (Backhand)
Well, first of all, I should say that my backhand is a bit unorthodox. I’ve modeled my offensive attacking strokes in the style of Kreanga/Steger, this has been very effective for me and is something I’m sticking with. What makes my backhand really unorthodox is that I also combine chopping to my repertoire.
I usually chop on my backhand if the ball ends up going just a little above table height or lower if the ball is close to the table but if it’s farther from the table I only chop if it’s below the height of the table. This helps me prevent lobbing and at the same time throws off my opponent.
Far too often I’ve seen people simply lift the ball if it gets to be at that point and more often than not that lift puts them into a lob leaving them at a strong disadvantage. So in terms of percentages, my modern offender backhand (a la modern defender) would be about 75% attack to 25% defend.
Anyway, I have found my dream rubber for my backhand. This rubber suits my style in every sense. As most reviews say, it has a beautiful long-distance loop and when closer to the table I usually attack with a sort of quick punchy loop (kind of like a more compact version of the stroke I use to loop) and I couldn’t ask for a better rubber in that regard either as it’s always loaded.
It’s also pretty good at flat hitting, when using a straight regular punch it’s always very quick with good placement and flicks I have found the 64 is identical to the 05 for that stroke.
In terms of chopping the only other rubber, I’ve used to chop with besides inverted was a short pips rubber that had 1.5mm sponge and I could tell from that that pips were made for defensive.
So keeping in mind that the 64 is an inverted rubber, it’s chopped are great and I doubt any other offensive rubbers could be better, I’m able to chop with great backspin and the 64 is definitely capable of producing floaters.
Pushes provide good backspin too and are much better than the 05 for this kind of stroke. Many reviews have stated that the 64 is a dream at blocking and I am here to solidify this statement. I block with my backhand much more often than my forehand and I have to say that blocking is effortless.
With the exception of Michael Maze and to a lesser extent Timo Boll, I along with pretty much everyone else am unable to give a sidespin loop on my backhand so I don’t think it would be very fair for me to review it. Pretty much I found no real cons.
I occasionally use a backhand serve and found that the 05 is able to produce higher quality serves but this isn’t really a problem since 90% of my serves are forehand.
- Looping – 9/10
- Straight Punching – 8.5/10
- Flicks – 8/10
- Pushes – 9/10
- ^Chopping – 9/10
- ~Serving – 8/10
“^” indicates this rubber is not meant for this kind of stroke
“~” indicates I do not commonly serve with my backhand
Again, this is my first good set up so I might just be impressed because this is the first time I’ve really used good equipment but honestly my old Stiga wasn’t terrible so I’m not going into this completely blind. All in all, from what I’ve tried you can’t go wrong with the Tenergy 05 and 64.
Truthfully these rubbers are really quite similar but each has its own unique perks about them. To make an analogy it’s like getting two of the same gun and putting different specialty attachments to them. Feel free to take my review with however many grains of salt you want but this is my honest opinion.