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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Stiga Boost TC

Stiga has achieved the ultimate answer for the non-glue era! Boost rubbers with the new TTS Technology with "TransTension Sponge" and new materials generate maximum tension and sponge power. Boost rubbers are fast, bouncy, and with a tremendous catapult effect.

Boost TC (Tension Clic) has a soft sponge, creating a truly sensational touch and feel for the player. It gives a crisp clear sound on striking the ball.

  • Speed: 94
  • Spin:95
  • Control:68
  • Sponge Hardness: Soft

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 Stiga Boost TC Review:
Review by haggisv

Review: Boost TC (MAX black) on a TSP Balsaplus 4.5 blade / Galaxy carbon blade
1. The reviewer:
Intermediate to high level club level player, modern defender (Chinese style looper on FH). Blade TSP Balsaplus 4.5 and Galaxy carbon blade.

2. Physical Properties:
Nice packaging but nothing fancy. Sheet looks of very high quality, similar to other Japanese made sheets. It came with a soft adhesive protection sheet attached, which I like as it makes it a lot easier to handle. Topsheet feels soft and non-tacky but grippy and very smooth. Measured sponge hardness is 35deg (with respect to other rubbers in my Sponge Hardness table). Most Japanese made sheets don't have plastic sheets attached, expect a few like TSP/JUIC, so these sheets may be made in the same factory perhaps. I did have a little trouble cutting the sheet after I glued it onto the blade (with Donic water based glue), as the soft sponge seems to grip a bit on the knife, making it hard to slice through. Cutting with scissors may be a better option next time.
Topsheet did not feel brittle like some of the German Tensors, so I would expect it to last a little longer than those.

3. Speed:
It's a fast rubber, no doubt about it. The soft sponge is a little springy, so you need to play a proper stroke to control it in the short game.
On loops it takes little effort to generate good speed on loops. You can really feel it dig into the sponge and catapult the ball back out. Looping harder does add to speed, but a faster blade can really help here, or the topspeed is limited. The harder carbon blade worked much better for this, and really seemed to enhance the speed of the loops, without the feeling of bottoming out.
Smashes/hits are fast, loud and insensitive to spin... one of it's best qualities!

4. Spin:
Spin on serves and chops is average, similar to most other Japanese non-tacky rubbers.. you need to dig the ball into the rubber to get the spin. On loops the spin was decent but not high. It a good offensive looping rubber, and the spin is plenty to land the balls, but you'll likely win the point by speed, consistancy and placement, not coz of the heavy spin.
However the soft sponge and very elastic topsheet makes it real easy to generate heavy backspin... I found it quite effective at pushing and even for chopping.

5. Control:
Control in the short game was pretty average, you need to play a positive stroke. Flicking worked quite well as it was easy to dig the ball into the sponge, and little effort was required to get good speed. For looping the control was very good...the soft sponge is quite forgiving, and rubber does not seem very sensitive to spin, making counter-looping quite effective as well. Blocking was great, and almost effortless... is was insensitive to spin and just seemed to go back when you stick you bat there.

6. Other Playing properties:
Throw of the rubber is medium. It has quite good glue feel and sound.

7. Reference:
It has the feel of Mark V 30deg lightly glued, although not the spin but definitely the speed.

8. Other comments Other unique properties...
The rubber is not suitable for powerlooping, but more for a blocking, counterlooping and hitting style game. It would also be suitable for a more control looping style, where placement and consistency is required. Is is not a particularty spinny rubber, but by the same token is quite insensitive to spin. It matches much better to a harder composite blade compared to a soft balsa blade.


Review by gekogark1212 (published with permissions)

Its been almost 2 months that I've used the Boost TC on my FH, and I feel obligated to at least give a review of it before I switch over to the Nimbus Medium.

Played on the Yin-he M-6, which is similar to an old school clipper.

Initial Physical Inspection

Nice grippy topsheet, completely non tacky, its got that nice glossy shine to it when viewed from an angle. Sponge is soft, softer than anything I've ever is around Tango hardness, and even Solcion is harder than the TC. Overall the rubber is also very light. I'd say it weighs in the high 30's for a cut sheet.


Hitting against topspin is beautiful, the soft sponge ensures each ball is dug well into the sponge and produces a beautiful arc. The TC is also quite a fast rubber (surprisingly) and so with each hit, you have the perfect combination of speed and spin. Hitting against backspin however, is atrocious. The ultra soft sponge doesn't give enough support for the hard contact required for this stroke and often bottoms out if you are not careful. A coach looked at my technique and wondered why I couldn't hit against backspin and claimed the TC to be "spineless".

Blocking with the TC is a two edge sword. On the one hand it is soft and has nice speed and arc, which is good for semi-aggressive block. On the other hand, TC invites heavily spun balls (like those of the infamous Tenergy) to have tea inside. The dwell becomes its weakness here, the ball immediately sinks deep inside the sponge, and you're forced to close the racket to ridiculous angles just to get the ball on. Also, since the sponge is so soft, it cancels out some of the spin and most of the speed...hence all that adjusting for nothing.

Serving / Pushing

Coming from harder rubbers such as Sriver and Higher, serving really isn't something TC can be proud of. Yes, spin is adequate...but completely negligible without a fair amount of deceptive motion. The reason huge amounts of spin can't be produced is because as if you're making thin contact with the topsheet, you can only go so thin before it slips...the "normal" solution is a higher ball toss and hit harder on the serve. While this works on H3 and the like, TC's ultra soft sponge comes to work and shoots it off the rubber before any significant spin is put onto the ball.

Again, pushing with the TC relies on your ability to deceive (ie, pushing to various places with the same initial racket angle). Oh it can produce heavy pushes, but doing so requires the perfect stroke.

Looping / Counterlooping

Looping and counterlooping off topspin is very very nice. Probably THE reason to choose TC. It feels like the very old Tango Extrem, that bites the ball so well on each stroke...while maintaining good power. The best part about it is the arc, it has such a beautiful text book arc that makes you want to hit harder and harder, knowing it'll all land.

Loop-killing off backspin is horrible...same reasoning as hitting backspin. But opening loops off backspin is very easy to do, although the spin is so-so, but you can manipulate the arc and open with a very short loop, then wait for the counterloop Very Happy


I would recommend anyone thinking about this rubber to use it on some form of composite blade. It would certainly make killing backspin much easier. Apart from its weakness against backspin, it really is quite a unique rubber. It has the brilliant glue feeling of a soft tensor, the speed of a medium-sponged tensor, the short game of a hard-tensor and the durability of a Sriver. That's gotta be a win. ahahha Laughing Laughing

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