believer 8 months ago
This blade is an off- or all + range. It is the blade Chen Qi used back in 2000's before speed glue ban. The blade has great control and feel to it. You can always feel the ball and it is the best feel I have for many blades that I played with.
The blade is not a speed demon. But with faster rubber, you can definitely get great put away shot at beginner to intermediate level. Anyone who is USATT rating 1900 or above will find the blade too slow. However, the blade can definitely be played at a high level if you are skilled with it.
Overall, the quality control of the blade is an issue. I had a very old version and it plays much much better than the newest one that I bought. Also, this blade will require sealing or it will splinter like crazy. Also, if you don't mind the weight, this blade will play well if it weights more than 90g. This is probably due to the weight can add some more speed to it and makes it a better blade overall.
The control of this blade is excellent. So you can use this blade from beginning all the way to 1800 range. Then you can decide to switch or not after that.
This blade has limba on the outer layer and ayous in the second and core layer. It's a 5-ply blade. In some way, it is like a little brother of the Clipper wood.
Since the blade has good flexibility, it is an excellent blade for looping. Also, you will need to pair it with medium to hard rubbers. I use EL-P on both sides and it is the perfect match for my style and level at this point. It also pairs well with hard Chinese rubber. But you have to swing a bit harder to get a power shot out of it. But it does not pair well with any soft rubber. So choose your rubber wisely for this blade.
ucokpinank on 5/16/2016
Best blade for beginners.. Medium sponge best combo...
Gloriana72 on 3/28/2015
Excellent control, block, good spin and ideal for middle distance game. Very good vibration. A very decent blade for medium speed offensive players. Not very smooth handle is the only negative point I found.
Frogger on 1/9/2015
OFF- class blade, light weight excellent for looping mid distance. Softer feel at ball impact with good dwell time for creating heavy topspin. Shares the same speed range as Offensive Classic Series with a softer feel. Seal blade when new and sand the sharp wings where your hand contacts the blade face. Pairs well with medium to hard sponge rubbers. Lacks a bit of crispness for close to table play but short game has good control. Overall a good allround/offensive looping blade but feel Offensive Classic CR is a better choice in this class.
Anonymous on 6/1/2012
The Stiga Energy WRB is a magnificent creation of Stiga. Not only is it a very easy to learn blade, but it gives you some power for some strokes you are going to need to stretch. I tied this up with a Friendship 729 RITC GeoSpin Tacky on both sides, and my my, it created absolute topspin control and perfect elegance to my services. This blade is worth it. 4.5 stars!