Palio HK1997 Gold

Palio HK1997 Gold Rubber
Approx. $ 12 USD
Price $

User Ratings (19)

Speed 9.0
Spin 9.1
Control 8.9
Tackiness 3.3   
Slightly tacky
Weight 4.3   
Sponge Hardness 6.4   
Medium hard
Gears 7.2   
Above average gears
Throw Angle 4.8   
Consistency 8.5
Durability 7.5   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 9.2 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 9.0 / 9
Spin 9.0 / 9
Control 9.0 / 9
Tensor No
Anti No
There are 5 users using the Palio HK1997 Gold.
Tab for table tennis Palio HK1997 Gold - a pad with a strong hook and a modern porous and elastic sponge. The stiffness of the sponge corresponds approximately to 39-40 degrees on the DHS scale. The overlay is suitable for playing on the right with powerful rotations. A chain and viscous tramp is insensitive to incoming rotation and provides the necessary ball delay, and a rigid elastic sponge gives enough power for a strong attack. The quality of the lining is very high.

Reviews (15)

Shofik  2 months ago

A stiff sponge (similar to the new series: Butterfly; Donic; Xiom and others) with elastic rubber provides good speed and good rotation. sticky rubber, perfectly rotates. Allows you to play quickly and efficiently. Many opponents cannot return the ball after an attack. On a fast base with carbon, it's just super. Combines well with fast and flexible carbon bases. Therefore, you need a fast carbon base. The sponge is stiff and the rubber is more elastic. Rubber for attack with strong rotation.
qvoliszz  7 months ago

This is a very good Euro/Chinese hybrid FH rubber. It is lightweight compared to a traditional chinese FH rubber, also a bit more livelier. I play Euro/Jap rubbers and I had no problem playing with this rubber. Only some things to mention, there is no catapult, which can come handy in some situations. The loops require a bit more effort than usual. The rubber is a very solid consistent blocker and looper. The spin is very good and more than enough to be compared to modern tensors. The price is insane, but the downside is the sponge, which is fragile and wears out quite fast. So that means don't reglue it after 3-4 months, just tear it after 6 months and get a new one as the sponge will get rigid and tear and crack. You will notice a huge performance loss after 5 months and you will stuggle with that dead sponge. Boosting will not help that much as the weight of the rubber will increase more, than the restored playing characteristics. Overall, this is a suprisingly good rubber, for me it is good for both sides, but keep in mind that I would recomment getting 3 sheets (or pairs) for a whole year. Even if you buy 3 for a year the price is very low.
petros115  11 months ago

I have been using this on the forehand side of my GEWO Holz Königsklasse OFF for the last 2 weeks. The reason I am trying a Palio rubber is that I would like to change my set up to a cheaper one, in order to be able to update it without having to pay 65€+ for rubbers twice+ a year. I had been using slower equipment during the last 2 years in order to improve my consistency and I recently decided to return to a slightly speedier set up, thus I am now trying this particular Palio. At first it was difficult for me to get used to it, coming from Gewo Nanoflex ft40 which is considerably easier to use. The first training was a complete nightmare actually. At the second training session I started to get the feeling of this rubber and being somewhat consistent. At the third session I had already been able to understand some of the rubbers advantages over my old rubber and I was able to control it a lot better. But enough is enough about me, let me share with you my personal review on this rubber. Palio HK1997 Gold is a fast (9/10) and a pretty spiny(9/10) one rubber with a decent control(8/10) rate. But in order for it to achieve its potential your technique must be strictly above average. This is not for beginners. The rubber is not forgiving but it is not the most punishing either. It is capable of achieving the best smash of all time but you must hit it 100% flat. If you hit it 98% flat, your smash will be a real disapointmend in terms of power and placement. As far as tackiness concerns, I rate this one as completely non-tacky, as the slight tackiness it comes with wears off after a little while, which suites me better. Throw angle is medium. The interesting thing about it though, is that throw angle seems to be very sensitive to the slightest change of the racket's angle. That's for now, I'll come back after a month or so
rota  on 2/9/2019

Good and cheap spinny rubber. I rated speed with 8.8 because 9.2 is like Xiom Vega Pro. HK 19997 is very controllable on blocks, flicks, tospin rallys and short to short . Unsensitive for incoming spin. The best bang for the bucks. Try it.
emelo  on 12/7/2018

Brilliant rubber, with butter soft and elastic topsheet, this is the best 40+ rubber for me. Powerfull porous sponge is hard but feels elastic too (after brake-in: 2 hours). Fast and consistent rubber, this is not too sensitive to incoming spin. Good or excellent at all aspects, drop shots and blocking are great, flat hits too, with bullet speed. Touch controlled spin, with linear feedback. Easy to generate spin on serves or push. Flipping seems to require bit of work to get right. Good control in attacking game. Slow looping produced strong spin, even to 40+ balls, this is very good for opening on all types of balls, extremely well in lifting backspin. Very fun to loop with, variable spin and speed, it is good for forehand and on backhand. This is similar to AK-47 RED version, but extra grip and more spin for 40+ balls. Uncut weight: 63g (black) BUTTERFLY T05 / PALIO AK47-RED / PALIO HADOU40+ / PALIO HK1997GOLD #Top-speed:10 / 10 / 9 / 10 #Spin (attack):10 / 9 / 9 / 10 #Spin (serve and dead ball):10 / 9 / 9 / 10 #Throw (low speed):8 / 7 / 5 / 9 #Throw (high speed):6 / 5 / 5 / 5 #Flat hit:7 / 9 / 8 / 9 #Block, drop:9 / 8 / 8 / 9 #Weight (uncut):70g / 60g / 60g / 63g

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