I have been playing table tennis for the past 18 years but only a few of those professionally. I used the sriver butterfly for almost 10 of the 18 and used a stag thunderspin on my forehand after that. Both those rubbers had similar characteristics. However, I found them lacking in speed and spin after rejoining the local club. This rubber had more of what I wanted and the price was pretty good. Initially, it was a bit of struggle because it was more tacky than my previous rubbers but now it feels great. The throw angle is a bit high but works perfectly for the use of my forehand which is primarily for looping and top spin. The speed is definitely better on my nittaku tesura 5 ply bought at paddle palace again. Awesome rubber for the price.