What the hell is Stiga ‘s “hexagonal” weapon?


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On the 1st of this month, Stiga released its annual Cybershape 6. At first glance, this guy was pitch black and strangely shaped. It really doesn’t look like a product of normal thinking. Therefore, even some older enthusiasts are not optimistic and think it is counterintuitive. In fact, since the 1980s, traditional table tennis soleplates have been dominated by oval shapes. There are only some Japanese-style square shots or domestic niche snap shots and special-shaped shots. Such a hexagonal bottom plate is indeed unheard of.

Grandstanding is not what a giant manufacturer like Stiga thinks, what Stiga wants to achieve is to break the convention and change the future by “model”. This board is indeed very stylish. The hexagonal surface is like divergent thinking, full of a sense of technology. For a brand that has always been committed to “excavating the original power of wood”, the launch of such a “alien” bottom plate is indeed a bit of a subversion to the past.

The full name Cybershape Carbon,then we referred to him as cyber 6, cyber can be translated as “network” or “Saibo” (transliteration), the full meaning is: cyber-shaped carbon blade. Stiga’s vision for Cyber 6 is: shaping the future. It is only the first step to change the shape of the bottom plate to make it more prominent and more suitable for the development of the new ball era. It may have more far-reaching effects.

So, is Cyber 6 just a novelty, without practical significance? Soon, our doubts were crushed. Currently, in the European arena, there are already a small wave of national players who have used Cyber6. And the record is pretty good. Sweden’s rising star and runner-up of the World Youth Championship, Moregold became the earliest supporter of Cyber 6, defeating Francesca in the German League and winning streak in the WTT arena until he met the more skilled Wang Chuqin. Its teammate Joe Persson, Jarvis of the British team, as well as the French team and the Danish team have all started to use it. It was like a small European whirlwind.

Before we start playing Cyber 6, let us imagine the performance it might have.

Another upgrade of STIGA INSPIRA

From the structural point of view, Cyber 6 is very similar to Inspira, which seems to be a combination of built-in carbon and paulownia large core. Inspira is a solid and linear blade, which is biased towards the fast arc type near the middle stage. The backhand is stronger than the previous Stiga blades, and the shot is more agile. The striking performance is outstanding and the speed is quite fast. Both the backhand and defense appear to be more balanced and stable.

The carbon fiber is placed on both sides of the large core, which also maintains the original pure wood feel and control performance.

Increase the sweet spot of hitting

First of all, for the problem that some golfers worry that the floor may be too heavy, let’s answer first. In fact, the blade area is only increased by 5%, but lighter wood and carbon fiber materials are used, so the blade is not heavy. Each side of the rubber will be about 2g heavier than the traditional board. In fact, it is acceptable.

For table tennis, the best hitting area comes from the upper half of the blade. In this part, the swing speed is faster, and it can accelerate and rotate more. So the area here has been enlarged.

Although the total area has only increased by 5 %,But the official test result is that the best hitting area of the crossboard is increased by 11% , while that for straight boards is 9%. In addition, the hitting area of the traditional circular blade can extend the goal table by 2.5 cm, while the Cyber 6 can reach 6.5 cm. This is very beneficial for the control of the ball in the table, and it is also conducive to short shots.

Enhanced batting spin

After the sweet spot increases, it will undoubtedly help the spin of the shot. Athletes are also more able to perceive the position of the ball on the “angular and angular” blade , and at the same time it is possible to create a better spin. According to the official statement, “Athletes can choose to serve from six angles according to the desired spin.”

After the debut of Cyber 6 and a small trend among European players, entering the country will surely attract young players. Because young people tend to be more open-minded and can accept new things. So, will Cyber6 have an impact on the future table tennis market?

If there are players from the Chinese national team, the impact will be incalculable. If it is just a small craze, it will at least trigger the inspiration switch of major brand manufacturers. There must be imitators, and there should be those who learn from and propose new “models”. Over time, “alien” is no longer rare and strange, but is accepted by the market. Then, there may be more and more explorations of the shape of “theoretically enhancing the sweet spot of hitting”.

“Type” changing the future is no longer a single slogan, it has become a reality.

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