Stiga is a company based in Sweden that specializes in the manufacture of ping pong products.
The company is well-known and for a good reason. It has produced some of the best ping pong tables and paddles in the market today, and the Pro Carbon paddle is one of them.
Let’s look at how it stacks up against other paddles.
The paddle features a 7-ply light blade: 5 plies being made up of balsa wood while the other two constitute carbon.
The two carbon layers account for the increased speed and spin. The reason is that the carbon layers create a larger sweet spot than on other paddles. The ultra-light balsa wood center also boosts speed and reaction time.
Also contributing to the speed and power on this paddle is the S5 rubber, made using ACS Technology, and the 2mm thick sponge. ACS Technology increases the spring and bounce of the rubber, leading to higher speeds.
These features make the Pro Carbon an especially appealing paddle for offensive players.
The Pro Carbon is built to last. Constructed with carbon technology, it has two layers of carbon that increase its rigidity. It also has balsa wood, which though light, is strong and durable.
The fact that the rubber is replaceable also adds to the durability of the paddle.
Ease of use
This top-of-the-line paddle has an ergonomic design on its handle that helps keep your hold firm and minimizes hand cramping during play.
As mentioned earlier, this paddle is heavier than most because of a metal rod in the handle. It might, therefore, take a while to get used to it, making it more suitable for players with more playing experience.
There is a shock dispersion tube that takes in vibrations and transfers energy in shots during play. This works well for speed.
Value for money
With its advanced features, ranging from the S5 rubber made using ACS technology to a 7-ply blade made with balsa wood and carbon, this is a paddle every intermediate table tennis player should have.
To top it off, the paddle is ITTF approved, meaning you can use it in official matches, which makes it worth every single penny.
This product is recommended for players who are a bit advanced and like to play using an offensive approach. The low control rating and heavy handle means it’s not the best choice for novice and beginner players.