DHS NEO Skyline 2 TG2
Review of DHS NEO Skyline 2 TG2Set up: Hurricane Hao flared, TG 2 Neo on forehand 2.15, and Xiom Vega Europe on backhand 2.0
Background: Offense orientated. Emphasis on flips, over the table loops, quick-attacks.
The TG Skyline 2 NEO is an offensive style rubber which specializes in top-spin orientated shots, particularly loops, but still retain a moderate amount of control. Prior to coming to the TG 2 NEO, I was previously using the Hurricane 2 NEO. In comparison of the two, I found the sponge of the TG 2 noticeably softer, though still hard in comparison with most other types of rubbers. The topsheet was initially just as tacky as a new sheet of H2 neo; however after a few hours of play the tackiness was a little bit less than H2 neo's. The sponge like other NEO series rubbers from DHS has that tuned (?) shiny coating on it. They say you can just glue up the blade and attached the rubber dry, but after trying that with both the H2 NEO and TG 2 NEO I personally found the bond was not strong enough with just gluing up the blade only.
First, I agree with everybody's assessment that the rubber takes a few sessions for the rubber break into its expected play style. That said, the TG 2 NEO will start off with a high/med-high throw angle then should progress to a med throw angle. The initial tack as mentioned was strong but after a while will diminish a bit - note this does not mean a correlating diminish in spin. I agree with DHS's marketing of TG 2 NEO as "Spin + Control". The spin is very good in the spectrum of table tennis shots. Compared to the H2 neo, I would say that while H2 neo's spin was greater than TG 2 neo only in full, all out loops. TG 2 neo in my opinion provides better overall spin in all other shots and equal spin for normal speed loops than the H2 neo.
The draw for me about TG 2 neo was that despite being such a spin type rubber, the control was surprisingly higher compared to other tacky, hard sponge rubbers I've used in the past - in particular the Hurricane series from DHS. This said, though more controllable I wouldn't say the control is equivalent to let's say rubbers whose main appeal is control such as 729's Focus 3 Snipe. It's just that for the offensive characteristics you get out of the rubber it's nice to have enough control to utilize it. Serving was fine. I would say I got more spinny serves from the H2 Neo (probably b/c of its higher tack) but I do no thinkt this may apply to everyone or is too hard to adjust to.
Speed wise I will agree with the reviewers who say it's on the lower side. I do not think the rubber is slow, just average speed. Compared to H2 neo speed, I would say TG 2 is lower in lower in all shots except smashes which I think both of them are average/slow speed. TG 2 Neo works well up close to the table and from my experience is fine 1-2 steps back. I do not lob/fish or chop, so I can't say it performs on this end. Pushes are typical for tacky type rubbers; that is they're not as easy as non-tacky rubbers but are manageable. Looping underspin has always been something I struggle and I won't say the TG 2 Neo makes it effortless but I will say it's much easier to do than the H2 Neo.
I can thoroughly say I have enjoyed the switched to TG 2 Neo. Probably the main reason would be because for controlled spin the rubber offers. As far as durability goes after 6 months of use and regular cleaning with tap water and a sponge, the rubber is still tacky and other playing characteristics have not noticeably lessen. Pricing wise, I believe TG 2 neo is a good deal. For around 18 - 23 dollars, it doesn't hurt financially to try it out.
Jul 31, 2012