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Reviews of Butterfly Sriver (75)
Pros: okay speed, decent spin, okay control, hardness 38, light 42g in max, wide range of thicknesses from 1.5 to max, linear non tensor feeling.
Cons: does not impress in any department, mark v is better, kind of expensive for what it is, not really for beginners in my opinion, it was meant to be used with speed glue, which made it very fast.
My first rubber, this rubber is good but not to return passive especially when counter backspin, the only best choice is use backhand or forehand topspin. If you use chop or push is so difficult to aim low and most of it will end with lob game. This is good choice for day 1 table tennis lesson, and still good choice when you need faster rubber just boost it . Along with mark v for me if you prefer european style / or hitter, sriver is best for it, but if you like chinese style / brush, i suggest you switch to mark v.
If you loose a lot of points in the competition with fast bouncy Tenergy rubbers, try Sriver and see what it can do for you. It's all about control. Speed and spin can be generate with what you put into it.
My first decent rubber. Used on BH 1.9mm.
I never really liked this rubber since I first glued it on my all wood Primorac.
Feels dead, no consistency on shots, not so much speed or spin and lacks control.
For classic rubbers I very much preffer Yasaka's Mark V - it really is much better in every aspect when compared with Sriver.
Also for such an old and outdated rubber the price is ridiculous. Stay away from this rubber even if you are a new player.
Blade: Yasaka MEO
FH: Globe 999 Nat 39 Deg Black
BH: Sriver 1.9 Red
As I use this rubber for my BH, coming from softer rubber perspective such as Solcion or Sriver FX, I say this rubber is a control monster! I can do opening loop pretty much any spin from opponent. While the speed is not fast enough to finish a good opponent outright, it gives so much control that you can place the ball almost anywhere on the table with reasonable pace. Unlike the soft rubbers which have high catapult feeling, this one is the most linear rubber I have ever used. After I have changed to this rubber for 2 months with almost everyday practicing, I feel that my BH controlled loop is improving to another level that I could beat high level opponent around USATT 1700ish level.
I am a developing player. I usually play intermediate players with an occasional advanced player. There is a good variety of players at my club. Used 2.1 mm sriver on FH and BH. This was my first custom rubber and I wanted something that had a lot of control. I can get good spin on serves with good control. Returning serves are overall pretty good. Going against more advanced players I found it more difficult to return serves but that is probably just my technique. Close to table hitting, this is a very good rubber especially with FH or BH drives. It has many gears to it but at a slow pace you have to put a lot of effort into it to get it over the net. When I drop a ball onto it, the rubber seems dead as the ball doesn't bounce much. This was an adjustment to my previous premade racket. I love using BH flicks against backspin and this rubber is decent at that. Sometimes it is hard to control it but it takes a lot of focus to get it right. FH flicks close to table are same way. I found the throw angle to be medium-low so this is probably the reason for this. Blocking is difficult but this is probably just my technique. Looping away from table is very tricky to stay consistent. This rubber is a beast close to table but away from table it is very hard to control. Overall I am satisfied with this rubber. I am looking to upgrade to something faster but I recommend this rubber to players who are looking for their first custom rubber.
Speed: very low (7.8).
Spin: very low (7.8).
Control: average (9.2).
Tackiness: slightly tacky (2).
Weight: light (42g, 0.205g/cm^2).
Sponge hardness: medium hard (51/38).
Top sheet hardness: hard (56/44).
Gears: average (4).
Throw: medium high (6.3).
Consistency: always identical (9).
Durability: average durability (5).
Top sheet thickness: average (1.6mm).
Surface thickness: average (0.7mm).
Pip length: medium (0.9mm).
Pip width: narrow (1.5mm).
Pip spacing: average (0.8mm).
Overall: worst (8.2).
Value: overpriced (1).
Sponge is harder than Tenergy. Speed is linear so it feels slow, not bouncy like tensors, but if the ball is high enough it's easy to kill. Not enough spin.
Very good beginners rubber (someone who has just got started, is confident at rallying and wants to start looking at flicks and loops ect.) great control, but strong players will find it too slow
Great rubber for ALL with great control. Used it for BH but need to speed up. Good classic!
Equipped this for my back hand. Has good control, not as springy (not so much speed) but I was still able to generate fast attacks with some top-spin. Good for medium to short range. I used this mainly for short range.
I put this rubber, in max, on FH of Joola Viva blade and didn't really like it, as it seemed to lack the touch and control that I expected. So I replaced it and put it on blade from my buddy's Stiga Ignite premade bat, and it really came to life...to the point I regretted getting rid of it. Good rubber if properly matched, but not quite on part with its number 1 rival, Mark V.
Great all around rubber, excellent control and versatility, no great strengths or weaknesses besides control. Of the all around rubbers to me it has the best ball feel but not quite as much spin and bite as others.
A very good rubber for players who are starting to develop topspin shots and want to branch out into the world of rubbers. I used this myself at the same stage on my FH and one thing I noticed was the control was very good. The Spin and Speed were nothing special but you could keep the ball on the table consistently. I got it because it was fairly cheap and because of the review of it being the top rubber for many professional players. The are many rubbers that are faster and more spinny however for players starting off you can't go too far wrong with this.
For Championship Play! common choice in the past for beginner's to intermediate levels, a Classic, a Legend!
If compare to mark v mv is much better on all aspects. Time and evolution has ended the reign of these rubbers, although still very good for intermediate players and the likes.
It is a good old rubber with fantastic control. I changed my BH from Yasaka Mark V to Sriver and got immediate result. I was able to block better with it. Recommended for those who want a rubber with good control but also want to open from BH side.
Back in a day, in early 90s when i was starting out this was the rubber to have.
Living in a small town i had no access to any other rubber but this. Sriver was my TT family basically. There was no internet to buy from China :).
For a 4th grader this was as cool as it gonna get in TT. When i would get a new sheet from my parents i thought i was the king of the world!!! Well since we were not the richest family i was king of the world maybe once per year or so :).
Many years have passed since 90s and i dont see myself using Sriver anymore but this rubber still holds special place in my heart.
Rubber has no weak areas of play. Solid all around rubber at this time of age.
Bizarrely expensive 25$-30$ per sheet for a dinosaur of a rubber.
I would not recommend this rubber to anybody anymore. Many say it is one of the best beginners rubbers but i think there are many better (yasaka Zap Bio, Palio CJ 8000 Bio and so on) for the fraction of the price. I do understand that "new" rubbers like Zap or CJ have better performance then Sriver but so do "new" beginners then beginners in my time.
Have fun playing TT and be happy :).
I had it as Forehand since i was a kid(sriver s)great for developing topspins variations.then recently used as Bh for 2 years(sriver l),good control also on 2.1 mm thickness.it last for ever.my sriver s red still can generate spin after 15 years!!
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