In search of another eight classic rubbers, I asked our table tennis forum to name their candidates for classic rubbers, and here is the results of their suggestions. So if you looking for a classic rubber to try, look no further!
Tenergy 05 seems to polarize opinion, with players seeming to either love it or hate it. Butterfly is charging a lot of money for this rubber, but fans show no sign of slowing down their demand, as they claim they can't find another rubber with the same power and spin.
Love it or hate it, it's clear that "05" has become the measuring stick by which the other speed glue replacement rubbers are measured. An "instant classic" indeed.
For those interested, I've now added a full review of Butterfly Sriver.
It is significantly spinnier than Sriver, but (again, to me) has a bit of a tradeoff in the short game. It is exceptional for looping, driving, serving, and, if you hit them right, spinny pushes. Once you get used to the high throw, it is also a very good blocking rubber too. I find that its spinniness and bounciness makes it a bit touchy for drop shots and passive pushes. It also reacts to incoming spin more than Sriver, so makes serve returns slightly more demanding. I've also found it to lose its "max grippiness" after a few weeks. It remains pretty grippy, but loses its "razor edge".
I've now added an in depth review of Mark V of my own for those readers who want to know more.
Forum member bes writes:
It is faster, and a bit spinnier than Sriver. It is exceptionally durable, and not "bouncy". When speed glued it gets really fast. Like Sriver, it is solid across the board. This rubber seems to really like play close to the table. When speed glued, it is very capable away from the table, but really shines inside 5 feet.
5. Donic Coppa
Persson and Waldner have both won world championships with this rubber. It is Donic's version of a rubber that does everything, like Sriver and Mark V. It's just slightly firmer and a touch more powerful than Mark V, but grips just as well.
I can personally attest to the quality and consistency of Coppa. I've used it on my backhand for years and years, and now use it on both my forehand and backhand.
Forum member AGOODING2 writes:
Friendship 802, the classic "do everything" short pips rubber which can be used by hitters, blockers and even choppers. Comes in a number of versions, 802-40 (Buy Direct) has wider, spinnier pips while 802-1 (Buy Direct) is more widely spaced smaller pips for more deception. Generally what I recommend for someone trying short pips for the first time. Keep the sponge thin (1.5-1.8mm) and soft (35 degrees or less) for best control.
Butterfly Bryce has been the "big gun" of modern table tennis for the last 10 years or so. Used by many top players (almost always with speed glue), it is very fast with just enough spin to bring the ball down on the table when power looping.
Forum member VictorK1 writes:
Butterfly Bryce - a "classic" weapon for power loopers and probably the most popular super-duper-fast rubber. I personally prefer Mendo MP (which I use myself), but one cannot discount the fact that large number of players around the world use Bryce.
One big minus of Bryce is the high price, but cannot blame Butterfly since it sells so well.
Donic J.O. Waldner - excellent allround, "do-it-all", offensive rubber with medium-hard sponge that is comparable in speed and performance to Sriver, Mark V and Mendo. This rubber could be used by players of all levels.
Juic Driva Smash Ultima, Japanese topsheet, perhaps a little grippier than Sriver. Sponge is "small cell" meaning it feels soft, but is less springy even when glued, more like a hard sponge. That means it doesn't get too bouncy when speedglued. Very predictable at any speed of impact, you can do everything with the rubber. Often cheaper than other brands.
10. Friendship 729
Friendship Cream 729 appears to rapidly gaining status as something of a classic rubber in its own right too.