DIGNICS guides your play to a more advanced level. The essence is the combination of Spring Sponge X, the advanced version of Spring Sponge which has more elasticity; the uniquely composed top sheet, with strengthened abrasion, proves great resistance on the surface, providing the feeling of holding the ball at impact. Adopting pimples code No.05 recognised for its high spin performance, DIGNICS 05 is recommended for the player who seeks to generate a high level attacking play imparting powerful topspin, as well as counter topspin play both close to the table and at mid distance.
The main feature is that the ball is likely to travel in the direction of the movement of the racket and deeper as DIGNICS 05 holds the ball well thanks to advanced spin and speed performances.
The illustration shows the trajectory image of the ball using DIGNICS 05 and TENERGY 05, from the same position with the same movement, topspin ball against topspin.
The figures are calculated by the unique tests carried out by BUTTERFLY
What blades are recommended for use with DIGNICS 05? We will introduce some combinations for the playing style you prefer.
|Item name||DIGNICS 05|
|Type||High Tension pimples-in rubber|
|Technology||High Tension, Spring Sponge X|
|Sheet color||Red, black|
|Sponge thickness||2.1, 1.9|
|Country of origin||Japan|
Spring Sponge applied to TENERGY is a revolutionary sponge that produces both increased flexibility and high elasticity. The fact that most of the world’s top players use TENERGY series proves the high performance produced by Spring Sponge.
A high sponge compression flexibility is required to create a high degree of spin combined with stability. In addition, the sponge must have elasticity to generate power. Softer sponge can easily respond but the impetus created is minimal. Conversely, harder sponge can enhance elasticity but it is more difficult to hold the ball as the flexibility is smaller. Spring Sponge is revolutionary in terms of successfully combining flexibility and high elasticity.
Following an extensive nine year research programme, Spring Sponge X was developed in order to generate more power. It responds by 14%, the impact resilience enhanced 3% compared to the current Spring Sponge; the result is a big difference in the level of power produced. Spring Sponge X is the key to bringing high performance to DIGNICS 05.
The ease of compression enhanced by 14%
Impact resilience enhanced by 3%
Spring Sponge as well as Spring Sponge X are revolutionary sponges that combine high flexibility and high elasticity; it makes a high arc and powerful stroke possible.
As a result of pursuing more power, the hardness degree of the sponge adopted was 40. It is 4 degrees harder than the Spring Sponge applied to TENERGY 05. However, thanks to the improved flexibility level, you gain a softer feeling for the value. Also, it is lighter than the current by about 3% compared to the Spring Sponge of the same hardness and weight.(*) Therefore, ease of use is secured as the racket does not become too heavy, even it is attached on both sides of a blade. A player who has less muscle can also use it without problem.
(*) A harder sponge is applied to DIGNICS 05 compared to TENERGY 05, so the weight is almost the same. In terms of hardness DIGNICS 05 has 40 degrees, TENERGY 05 has 36 degrees.
The top sheet has also made progresses, in parallel with the sponge, to impart spin on the ball with more ease and to take advantage of the feature of the new sponge. It holds the ball more on the surface thanks to its unique composition which enhances flexibility without losing elasticity. Furthermore, its resistance to abrasion has been successfully doubled (*) by using technology and past experience.
(*) Judged by the unique endurance test results of rubbers conducted by BUTTERFLY
The chances of creating an arc are enhanced; a stable and powerful stroke is made possible by combining the Spring Sponge X with the top sheet. It is excellent at holding the ball; especially in the strokes which require a delicate touch, the feature is demonstrated in counter attacking play and when using the Chiquita.
The pimples of “development code No.05” were adopted, the same pimple shape as TENERGY 05. That was the conclusion, after carefully reviewing more than as many as 200 pimple shapes verified during the development process of the TENERGY series, was to find the one which is best suitable for Spring Sponge X. The pimple shape of the “code No.05” is well known for its excellence to impart spin on the ball; it was proven that the pimples can demonstrate this feature even applied to Spring Sponge X.
TENERGY is the rubber that changed table tennis to the sport with more spin and speed. The Research and Development team of BUTTERFLY had already started the development of the next rubber before TENERGY received the accolade of a best seller. It was motivated by the pure thirst of “something that has never existed”, “the pioneer of the world” and “the high performance rubber to lead players to victory”.
The research proceeded based on plenty of know how accumulated by the development of TENERGY. Five years were needed to reach the targeted performance and four years more to produce the stable quality. As is often the case, performance and quality stand on the opposite sides. Performance may decrease if only quality is pursued even though the original targets related to performance are realised. Development must start from scratch if the composition of the materials and the production condition are changed. The work was patiently repeated to move closer to the required performance keeping high quality.
The manufactured sample combinations of the top sheet and the sponge exceeded 500 in total. Not to mention the BUTTERFLY Research and Development staff, Zhang Jike, Jun Mizutani, Timo Boll and Chuang Chih-Yuan conducted trials; several hundred hours were spent for trials. There were many samples that were shelved because they could not pass the quality criteria even they had shown good values in mechanical tests and received good comments from players. In addition, the methods for evaluation and measurement of R&D became more delicate and accurate during the period of nine years. DIGNICS 05 now to be released is the rubber that has passed all the checkpoints and is finally complete. The Research and Development team is full of staff with knowledge of rubbers who love table tennis. Even staff members not mainly responsible for its development, all were confident about the progress of DIGNICS 05. The person responsible overcame the various difficulties by obtaining new viewpoints thanks to the opinions and feedbacks from other staff whenever had a problem. It is no doubt the organisational power and the passion of the R&D staff that led the research and development for as long as nine years towards success.