I got a used T25 from him at a discount to scratch my EJ itch. The thickness is 1.9mm. I had tried 2.1mm Tenergy 05 before and expected something similar. I put the Tenergy 25 on a special 5-ply that performs very much like Korbel, Acoustic, and P500, but it doesn’t have the vibration of the P500, the softness of Korbel, or the speed of Acoustic. I have a well used Bryce on the backhand (and it was tuned).
I play for two nights during club hours and played may be 5 matches besides practice. I think my record was about 4-1, with the one loss to a 2150 rated power players. I really had great control with this rubber.
When I loop I had a great deal of dwell time to place the ball where I wanted it, how fast I wanted it, and how spiny I wanted it. The rubber felt like a Tackifire D glued up with layers of glue. it’s not fast but very spiny, and the arc was lower than Tenergy 05. The quality that I enjoyed the most is the low speed because most low speed rubbers are slow rubbers that I have to put in a lot of energy, but T25 is the exception. It is even slower than Sriver or Mark V, just so you know!
Tenergy 25 especially worked during counter loops with this setup. I rarely didn’t end up winning the long rallies. From mid-distance and further. This rubber produced spiny loops that have a very nice medium arc which force the opponent to back of the table. If I had to chop this rubber is thin enough too.
1.9mm allowed for a very tight short game and control blocks that didn’t go too high. It also can be thin enough to smash a few winner with perfect control. It can’t be used to play a power game but it help the user to win more points by simply not missing the table. It’s a nice rubber to improve techniques.
I’ve read that Varghese had an issue with Tenergy and glue. I used Elmer’s to glue the T25 and it doomed like some reports that said Tenergy would. The first night I played with it it had the loudest sound of some of rubbers. (The T25 was glued about 8hrs before playing too) Two days later the sound was still there albeit a little less loud (and the rubber less soft). I was never a big click sound kinda guy but hitting a winner with a loud click did feel nice!
The Tenergy 25 is one of my favorites – very good control and good forward rotations. I did not like the Butterfly Tenergy 05, and I think I will not like the Tenergy 64 also. Among the TSP rubbers, the TSP Real was one of my favorite rubbers. There are some good strokes I did with that are unforgettable. I was in search of a similar rubber in less thickness and have more dynamism. The TSP Real does not come in less than 2.0 mm sponge. That’s how I’m ended up in Tenergy 25.