STIGA Genesis Soft & Medium Rubber Review

Table Tennis Daily ran both STIGA Genesis Soft and STIGA Medium Rubber through their paces in their new Table Tennis Daily Studio.

Here are the stats on each rubber:

STIGA Genesis Soft
Sponge Soft
Technologies Transtension Sponge, OCS, Built-In Speed Glue Effect
Top sheet Spin elastic
Control 70
Spin 95
Speed 92

STIGA Medium Rubber
Sponge Medium
Technologies Transtension Sponge, OCS, Built-In Speed Glue Effect
Top sheet Spin elastic
Control 68
Spin 96
Speed 95

One of our customers shared their thoughts:

A modern refresh of more classical feel
I’ve been playing with Genesis S for about six months now on multiple blades, mainly a XIOM Zetro Quad. I would call it a Japanese spin on Chinese rubber, almost like a modernized refresh of Mark V. Genesis shares the Chinese-style dense sponge that grants a linear power delivery on shots, along with a bit more weight. Almost no tensor effect here – if you hit a little harder, the ball’s going to go a little faster, not spring off your paddle. In this, there is fantastic control available, especially for serves and returns. The trick here is that unlike a Chinese rubber, the Genesis topsheet is Euro-style, and feels much more like Vega Europe, Bluefire JP, or Rasant. Using Genesis S, my delivery has become more consistent and controlled. That encourages me to swing through shots more completely, without fear of overshooting the table. In this, Genesis S is an extremely effective training rubber. Spin is fantastic, and while it is not as fast as most modern Euro-style rubbers like Rasant, Tenergy, or Bluefire, Genesis S still has more speed than Chinese standards like Skyline or Hurricane. Funny enough, Gold Arc 3 is the opposite of Genesis S – Chinese topsheet with tensor sponge. Genesis S also reminds me of Mark V, with its own lack of accelerant sponge yet excellent capability, only Genesis S feels modern and polished, with a comparatively delicate feel and greater potential. If you are ready to accept a surprisingly-small reduction in speed and blocks, Genesis S is a phenomenal rubber with a linear power delivery and loads of potential.

– Spencer, IN

 

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