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Stiga Defensive Pro

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The Stiga Defensive Pro is a defensive 7-ply blade with offensive characteristics yet outstanding control. It is the perfect weapon for modern counter-attacking defensive players mixing high quality chops and powerful offensive strokes.

Slightly enlarged head in comparison to traditional blades.

Developed in close collaboration with defensive master Masato Shiono.

Class: DEF+

Stiga Blade Handle Naming

Stiga refers to Flared handle blades as "Master", Straight Handle blades as "Classic" and Anatomic blades as "Winner".

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Reviews of Stiga Defensive Pro (2)

Stiga Defensive Pro, straight handle : 88 g, 2 inner ultra-thin carbon layers.
I will compare it to Stiga Defensive Classic wich is my main racket for the last seasons : Pro is 8-10 grams heavier with the same oversized head (165 x 155).
I wanted to try the carbon version of the Great Def Classic, expecting a different feeling and a higher speed. Well, surprisingly, the feeling is pretty much identical : soft touch, barely stiffer. I found it slower than the Classic version, wich is probably the biggest point! Rubbers are the same as my usual setup (Vertical 20 / DNA Pro H) so the comparision is revealing : Pro is a bit slower than Classic. Chopping is even more consistant with this blade, although Def Classic shines at it. I will continue playing both to make a better idea, but for the moment I prefer Def Classic over Def Pro since I am used to it...
EDIT 06.2023 After several sessions comparing Def Pro and Def Classic with same rubbers on both, I ended up with some conclusions. Speed : Pro >= Classic / Tense trajectories : Pro < Classic / Absorbing strong topspins : Pro > Classic / Chops with inverted : Pro > Classic / Percussion : Pro = Classic. Pro is awesome to face powerfull players since it is super stable and absorbs powertopspins like a dream. Chopping with inverted is super satisfaying. But trajectories tend to be more bended, less flat and tense especially with the pimple side... At first I found that Pro has less percussion than Classic, but I ended thinking that it was not correct. When you engage and unleash the power of the DNA, Pro has a superior topend speed. But for passive shots, Pro feels slower. They both give you many informations while contacting the ball wich is really what I am looking for. Stability is awesome on both, with a bonus for the Pro version. I love both very much! Decisions, decisions...
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very slow blade comparing to Yasaka Guardian, although here on Revspin they were marked both with the same speed. I tried it, because I thought it will be the same speed, but stiffer and harder. At the end, with this blade you need to put enormous physical efforts to play in defense. It is difficult to put pressure on opponent, especially on the table game like pushes etc. Chopping with pimples on the sponge is good, a lot of control, but thats it. On the forehand, Victas 401 which shines with Yasaka Guardian is totally dead and giving a lot of vibrations. With this blade you will never compete with the high level opponents, because you can not give difficult ball to them. Rotation is very weak, serves are easy. I played one training and one competition - for me its enough to quit with it. I am disappointed with this blade, but maybe this will be good for kids who learn defense.
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