Sriver is an unparalleled all round rubber. No rubber comes close to the balance of speed and spin achievable with Sriver. The rubber does everything, making it a great beginners rubber, as well as advanced all round players rubber. However, as your game specializes, some people prefer to go to a version of Bryce for speed, or Tackifire for spin. Lots of players do stick with Sriver as it is definitely the choice for the balanced table tennis player. Keep in mind that Sriver is available in EL and FX versions, for softer sponges. From hardest to softest, regular Sriver, Sr-EL, Sr-FX. The softer sponge will allow for slightly more spin and the harder sponges offer great touch and feel for blocking/pushing, while still retaining the speed and spin that makes Sriver such a great rubber. You cant go wrong with Sriver.