Galaxy Mercury II

Galaxy Mercury II Rubber
Approx. $ 8 USD
Price $

User Ratings (51)

Speed 8.7
Spin 8.9
Control 8.5
Tackiness 6.6   
Tacky
Weight 5.3   
Medium heavy
Sponge Hardness 4.6   
Medium
Gears 6.5   
Above average gears
Throw Angle 5.9   
Medium high
Consistency 7.8
Durability 5.5   
Average durability
Overall 8.8 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 90 / 100
Spin 90 / 100
Control 80 / 100
Tensor No
Anti No
There are 12 users using the Galaxy Mercury II.
Galaxy's Mercury II rubber is the first rubber of the MOXA sponge line, Galaxy entry level version of the "MAX TENSE" line. The Mercury II rubber is tacky, softer topsheet that provides a strong spin on serves and pushes, while given more control to loops, blocks, and drives.

This rubber is great for players learning the fundamentals of table tennis. For beginners or players used to using European/Japanese products, use the 33 or 37 degree version. For players with stronger fundimentals or used to Chinese products, use the 37 or 41 degree version.

As compaired to the previous Mercury rubber, the new Mercury II is softer, lighter, and provides a more 'springy' sponge. Overall speed feels the same.

Reviews (29)

ayoushinoki  on 1/1/2014

I use the black 36* on FH of Yinhe V12, 6.1 mm thick carbokev blade. First impressions are ...........? It is very cheap. Does that mean it lacks possibilities? Compared to expensive German tensors, the M2 sponge initially feels and sounds like cardboard to me! Is that a bad thing? Well, serves are very spinny. Also, I adjusted my FH to a more forward driving movement to give the ball more forward momentum. The rubber is excellent for lifting backspin, slow topspin, loop drives, over the table topspin, hits, counter-drives and counter-loops. The mildly tacky top-sheet does not appear to be too reactive to incoming spin. Hence, it feels easy to over-power the opponent's spin by playing aggressive. Block is reasonable. you can easily take the speed off the incoming shot and drop the ball short. There is a little liveliness in the sponge but nothing like a tensor. When caught off position, "desperate, put the ball back at all costs" returns result in weak balls. Playing short balls is easy due to its "cardboard" feel and linear response. Using this rubber, I found myself playing aggressively with lots of topspin close to the table. Very enjoyable especially when paired with Xiom Vega Asia on BH.
+6
jcyaoo  on 9/3/2015

Tried on Yinhe 11+ blade. It reduced the blade speed almost 30%. Very spin and tacky. Tackiness reduces faster on Black rubber than Red. Throw Angle is bit high when looping. Smash has med power. Only good for BH loop on T11+ blade. Then I put this rubber on YinHe V1. This soft blade reduces the throw high angle; FH and BH Looping is good. Blocking and Chopping is good. Push and Smash is good as well. It seems this rubber is designed for soft blade.
+4
seguso  on 10/7/2011

I am reviewing the 37degree version, black. (red 37 is harder) In short, this a very spinny, high throw, tacky rubber, very cheap and with very poor durability and few gears. In detail: - control: good. very good to loop close to table and over the table. unfortunately, it is very spin sensitive, so responding to service and block is difficult. - spin: crazy, at low and medium power. At high power it bottoms out so you get less spin but still good. This rubber is spinnier than T05, Xiom vega pro, H3, globe999, Galaxy Moon. My coach (former 200th in the world) has trouble blocking my opening loops. - it has high throw (more or less than T05, like vega pro, much higher than Galaxy Moon, higher than Galaxy Sun, higher than H3, much higher than globe999). I am still looking for a chinese rubber with a higher throw. (found it: palio cj8000 36 jap is higher, but it is nontacky and less spinny; but also less spin sensitive) - it is not very fast (slower than Moon, Sun, H3, vega pro, though faster than globe999), barely fast enough to be used on forehand on a stiga offensive wood NCT. - hardness: 37deg version is a bit softer than Globe999 40deg, but much more elastic and lively. Black 37 feels 2 degrees softer than red 37, and makes a louder sound (as if it were boosted), is slower, and bottoms out more. - it is tacky (more than H3 and globe999). - it is a bit heavy: 49 grams cut (exactly like Globe999). For all these reasons, it is a good backhand rubber on wooden blades, and a good forehand rubber on fast blades. - gears: few. If you choose a soft rubber (37 black), you will have great opening loops but insufficient power. If you choose harder (or red 37) you will have power but the arc will be long and opening loops will be difficult. For this reason I only use this rubber on backhand. Another bad side: the sponge often cracks when you remove it from the blade. the sponge is very fragile. so remove with care, and use little glue. Unfortunately, even if you never remove it from the blade, if you hit very hard, bubbles can form between the topsheet and the sponge. This happens only in the black 37 sheets. Always keep replacement rubbers ready. Overall feeling: on a carbon blade, this rubber feels like an Acuda S1 or S2, with more spin but without the top gear.
+4
katekarin  8 months ago

Comes in soft (33-35degrees), medium (36-38 degrees) and hard (39-41 degrees) versions. The black loses its tackiness in 2-3 months but the red one lasts 3 times longer. The medium and hard versions suit soft and all wood blades best. The hard version is very close to DHS Hurricane 3 Neo. Mercury is a bit faster at slower speeds than the Hurricane but a bit slower at higher speeds when Hurricane’s Neo sponge gets activated. Control: The feel and control it adds to your blade is unreal. The lack of bounciness gives it superb precision, consistent behaviour, attacking and defensive capabilities. You can flick easier, block the fastest balls, change the pace during a rally and place the ball with precision wherever you want. Speed: Your arm will generate all the speed, making it suitable for playing close to the net and far away from the table. You do not get much speed from the rubber, so it takes a lot of effort to play with it. Spin: Less spinny and less sensitive to incoming spin than DHS Hurricane 3 Neo. Throw angle: Medium high. Produces very spinny, low arc loops. Easy to lift backspin balls. Some people have reported quality issues but when glued/cut/removed carefully they don't cause problems. I recommend the red, medium hard version to those who want to add control to their blade but don’t care losing some speed. Perfect for beginners developing their technique and advanced players who like spin and precision. You can't hit flat with it so it will force to learn to brush/spin the ball, add more forward motion to your arm and rotation to your hips. The soft version is much better than Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft in all aspects of play. See my review of the Rakza for details. Consistent behavior at all speeds! Equally good in the backspin and topspin game. Disadvantages: the effort required to play with them and the low durability of the black rubbers.
+3
Shirazir  on 10/15/2012

I'm not sure why or how this rubber costs what it does, but I'm not complaining! Essentially, I picked this up with the intention of trying it and accepting that I probably wouldn't like it based on the fact that it's somewhat tacky. Boy was I wrong.... I ordered the 36 degree in black (it's widely accepted that black is softer and tackier than red for Mercury II) expecting to use it on my backhand but ended up being so pleased, I switched it around to the FH side. The rubber is somewhat tacky though it can't pick up a ball off the table. Furthermore, it's oddly grippy whilst still maintaining a mild tack after some regular use. If that wasn't enough to make it a spinny rubber, the topsheet has just enough give to impart some mechanical spin on the ball too! What this means is that with the right stroke, you can impart seriously heavy topspin on loops whether slow or fast. In respect to spin sensitivity, it's middle of the road in that you won't have your opponents serves flying off your racket wildly though blocking requires a fairly closed angle to keep the ball low. It's less sensitive than T05, let's just leave it at that. Now, I won't go into Tenergy comparisons like almost everyone else as this is a completely different rubber. It's much better used from medium distance than it is away from the table like T05. As far as speed goes, the 36 hardness I used isn't out and out fast though it certainly has enough juice to put away anything above net height. The harder sponged iterations of this rubber might offer a bit more pace but at the expense of spin I would assume. As far as physical properties go, this isn't the prettiest rubber in the world though that can be overlooked based on price. The whitish sponge is soft and as everyone has already said, best left on one blade lest you might tear the sponge. Furthermore, it's not the lightest rubber out there though the 36 degree version definitely weighed less than a sheet of T05. What more can I say other than that this has become my new forehand rubber and I can't see myself changing to anything else in the near future. Even if you're not sure you'll like it, the price ($4) makes you crazy for not trying it at some point or another.
+2

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