This question may have half the answer before it is written. Even though the 19-year-old Moregold lost to Fan Zhendong in the men’s singles final of the Houston World Table Tennis Championships, he has already created his personal best: runner-up in the World Table Tennis Championships! Moreover, the opponents that have been defeated are not lacking in players such as Francesca and Aruna, as well as top players such as Zhuang Zhiyuan and Boll. If the Cybershape 6 he is holding is just an unconventional product, it is indeed a bit unrealistic! And not only Moregold, more national players: Joe Person, Jarvis, etc. have used it.
Cybershape Carbon, meaning “cyber (network) shaped carbon blade”. stiga uses the word Cyber to describe this hexagonal strange beat, which can be said to be full of technological sense, like an artifact of divergent thinking. The vision for it is also: shaping the future, shaping the future with changes in appearance, that is, “shaping the future.”
So, is it possible that it is just a flash in the pan? What is the mystery behind it?
The true technological content comes from a deep understanding of table tennis.
The sweet spot for most elite athletes is located in the upper half of the floor. Through the change of shape, the optimal hitting area of Cyber 6 has increased by 11 %（横板）和9% (straight board) compared to the traditional soleplate.
The six angles of Cybershape 6 allow players to better perceive the hitting position and create the required spin.
The hitting area of Cybershape 6 can reach deeper into the table (6.5 cm), while the traditional soleplate can only reach 2.5 cm. Conducive to in-stage sending and receiving and ball control. We need to identify them through actual combat tests one by one.
Stiga ‘s engineers have always loved the deformation and surging power brought by the Ayous large core, so most of the bottom plate uses Ayous as the core instead of paulownia. The lighter and more transparent Paulownia has always been loved by Japanese manufacturers. However, although the Ayous core is more powerful, the high-speed era where the upspin is the mainstay is that the veneer kill after fully accumulating is more important. It is still to rely on the afterburner and the stability during the offensive and defensive transition. And a speed is more important? This is a profound topic.
Obviously, starting from Inspiration Carbon, to the current Cybershape 6, it is taking the latter direction. More emphasis is placed on local deformation, rapid rebound, sufficient rigidity and speed compression.
Structurally, there is almost no difference between Cybershape 6 and Inspiration Carbon. Dyed Koutou face material, Ayous sub-layer, carbon fiber layer, Paulownia large core. The actual area of the board surface has increased by 5%, but lighter materials are used. The measured weight is 85g and the thickness is 6.01mm. Therefore, after attaching the rubber on both sides, the weight gain of the bottom plate is very small, and it will not affect the change of our hand feeling.
Between square and circle
Compared with Inspiration Carbon, the biggest difference of Cybershape 6 is that it further strengthens rigidity and elasticity!
In the process of hitting the ball, you will feel that it is more “solid” and better support than Inspiration Carbon. In the past, many Stiga soleplates gave people a “dongdong” sound, which was the appearance of a larger deformation. However, although Cybershape 6 has inherited Stiga ‘s consistent excellent sense of eating, the shape change when exerting force tends to be local, which can be said to be “relaxed.”
While increasing the rigidity, the elasticity is also obviously increased. This blade is indeed more resilient! The increase in elasticity directly leads to a faster speed.
On the whole, this blade seems to be a combination of a traditional oval-shaped blade and a Japanese-style square blade. With the throughput of Japanese-style square plates such as single juniper, it has better rigidity and does not require every effort to achieve the energy storage of the blade . It can hold the ball, spray it out, and hold it back.
Changes brought about by shape
Configuration: forehand DNA platinum version (hardness H), backhand oxygen unit (hardness M)
Forehand Purple Sponge Ares (Elite Edition, 48°), Backhand DNA Platinum Edition (Hardness H)
First of all, let a friend at the provincial team level try it out. The ball he sent out was spinning more weird than usual. Professional players with good feel can indeed use these six corners to produce better spins, as well as more abrupt speeds and double jumps. The author tested the actual game with 1900-2000 points. Although they are familiar with me, when they played with me in the first game, they were obviously not used to the two jumps in the past. The ones I rubbed over and the ones I rushed over were different from the past.
Secondly, the amateur player who tried Cybershape 6 and returned to play on their motherboards felt that their boards were not very good and lacked flexibility. Probably because of the bigger sweet spot at the batting and the Cybershape 6, which is close to the racket head, the quality of the ball that pulls through is significantly heavier, and the damage can be said to be improved by a level. In the case of exerting force, this is almost the most deadly floor that the author has seen so far. W968 is more rotating, and it also has a sense of pressure to accelerate, but the rigidity of Cybershape 6 is more obvious, and the “hard power” of direct feedback is stronger. It reminds me of the Super Zhang Jike 70th Anniversary Limited Edition, which is very explosive, but Cyber 6 is easier to penetrate, and the acceleration is more “sudden”!
This is the most testing part. Yes, through these 6 angles, we can rub and split more bizarre returns with two jumps, which is not easy for the opponent to adapt. I can also deliberately increase and accelerate. However, after playing for so many years, we have long been accustomed to the oval floor. For opponents with diverse serve types, when we are not prepared, we may make unnecessary mistakes more easily than the regular floor.
But the author expects that Japanese amateur player who used to use single juniper soleplates will be easier to adapt. Moreover, Cybershape 6 is more rigid and should be better adapted to the era of plastic balls than single juniper.
When the pendulum is short, because it is really more elastic, it will be slightly higher. We saw some of Moregod’s serve in the game, but also appeared to be high. On the one hand, it is the problem of rotation judgment, on the other hand, it should be the problem of blade adaptation. Its second jump is different from other blades, but you also need some time to get used to it.
This is almost the perfect blade! Why did Moregold turn from a young player with a good backhand into a runner-up in the World Table Tennis Championships, and his forehand has become so fierce and wild? I think it has something to do with the bottom plate. Because when the forehand is pulling, the sweet spot is really big. “Able to go deeper into the stage (6.5 cm)”, I didn’t feel it too much when the ball was in control. But in the rush, I clearly felt that the short shot was slightly higher than the net, and the bursts were very numerous, and the quality of the ball was indeed strong. Speed and strength are all available.
At the same time, Cybershape 6 is not only more rigid, it also has a good ball feel. The author hailed it as “the enhanced version of Ebon 5” or “the enhanced version of N301”. It really can wrap the ball and spray it out again. Moreover, the whole process of throughput is not procrastinated, and it is done in one go, which makes people feel quite explosive. Its fastness is not purely fast, but an accelerated and sudden fast, which catches people off guard.
It is worth noting that most of the Stiga blade emphasize the overall deformation to fit the Hurricane 3, and when paired with a two-sided astringent jacket, they are somewhat empty or empty. But Cybershape 6 won’t at all, because the rigidity is better. No matter whether the forehand is equipped with sticky sleeve or astringent sleeve, there is no problem. However, the author would suggest matching with low hardness, which is easier to highlight the characteristics of easy penetration and easy speed.
The size of the sweet spot is also reflected in the defense. The overall feel is transparent, very well-known, and easy to defend. It is quite stable in backhand bounce and forehand attack, with fast speed and high fault tolerance. Playing fast break? This is destined to be a good board.
When the backhand makes a strong pull, the sweet spot of the blade can also clearly feel “it can bite the ball.” And quite a sense of speed and power. Regarding Laga transfers, platinum DNA complements Cybershape 6 well whether it is forehand or backhand. Although the board is very rigid, it can still hold the ball very well, and the ball can be pulled very much.
Twist and pull this piece, because of the unique shape of Cyber6, although it is not difficult to twist it, it still takes a certain amount of time to get used to finding the “point”.
It has to be said that from the overall ball quality, Cybershape 6 is a weapon of mass destruction. The explosive power (speed and strength) of the forehand directly increased by a large amount. Moreover, it is still very tight, even if you wear an astringent jacket.
Because the blade itself is transparent, the backhand needs to be tailored to match the glue. If the hardness of the backhand is high, the forehand will come off the board faster. Generally, amateur players are recommended to match with lower hardness. The forehand is matched with a hurricane type sticky sleeve, there is no problem, and the rotation is further strengthened.
However, due to the shape of the board, users still need to spend a certain amount of time to adapt. For straight single-sided pull attacks, you can get started quickly. For horizontal boards or straight boards with arcs on both sides, the forehand can be easily adapted. But the debugging of the backhand position still takes time. The bounce can be almost seamlessly connected, but the twisting and the control of individual balls require patience to adapt. Cybershape 6 is definitely sturdy and wild, but are you ready to embrace it?
Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/7fAP0YNoedCWZbqEOQJkhAAuthor: 黑马