Speeding up of tabletennis called for developing faster and more dynamic rackets. There were different substances eg.: graphit, metal implemented into the wood, that made them stiffer and enlarged sweet-spot. Due to this ‘evolution’ Clipper Wood, Graphit Wood and Metal wood came out for carrying out the offensive minded playing strategies. Meanwhile Stiga tried to raise up the predecessors under the name ‘Classic’ – to average purpose. This term presented the end of ‘old Stiga feeling’. The company has moved out from Tranas respectively manufacturing has moved in to Eskilstuna. At the original place in Tranas started to make Yasaka blades.
In this era Stiga changed its production. Tabletennis requested demands that had Stiga make a distinction between racket’s speed and started to pay attention to type of using rackets. Simultanously rubbers’ significance also incrased. Besides Yasaka/Stiga Cobra came up Tornado, Black Power, Phantom rubbers with different sponge thicknesses. (1 – 1.5 – 2mm)
Stiga company tried to widen the scale of woods for the customers so they produced almost every kind of handle for every type of wood. The super carbon could be a big novelty at that time. (3 ply wood + 2 ply carbon, uniquely core grain runs across). This solution provided faster blade than offensive wood wich has padouk (red to brown over purple) 2nd ply so dispite the 4.8-5.0mm thickness offensive wood is preferably fast and full of dynamics. Besides the allround wood they made the defensive wood.
Elit series with Yasaka Mark V, Super Carbon with Contra (narrow Alser) handle, Mäster series with Cobra*** rubbers. Hobby series with Cobra** rubber, Beginner series with unmarked or Cobra* rubber (beginner rackets’ wood were diffenrent). Besides of the well known Alser, Johansson and Bengtsson handle Stiga branched out with Stiga 2000 i.e. anatomic (later switched to the thinner Ulf Tickan Carlsson), Contra i.e. narrow flared and chinese and japanese penholder handle.
[ilink url=”http://oldstiga.com/c/stiga_12sidor.pdf” style=”download”]Stiga Catalogue 1979 bulbed era (pdf 3.3 MB)[/ilink]
For those, who need faster blade than Virtuoso but prefer 5 ply behavior. Virtuoso+ is between Ultimate and Virtuoso in speed. The harder outer ply, slightly thicker core and different laminating process provides 8-10% more speed and a bit clearer contact.
We have just released our OSP Musko OFF PRO blade. We developed that racket for Peter Musko our National Champion 2010. He demanded very fast racket that provides power from much of the distances by using incorporated built in glue effect rubbers meanwhile he does not want to sacrifice other advantages covered by OSP blades. At the same time we built a new category that reflects it is a real weapon with very professional features. Musko OFF PRO can easily provide longer but still secured arc than Ultimate to push your opponent back and the head torque gives enermous speed if you want. This racket still delivers the information you need into your palm to feel and enjoy the game.
We have just released our controlled offensive OSP blade. It really controls your offensive strokes. If you like the natural Limba feeling and can cope with its speed you can easily become a virtuose with OSP Virtuoso.