Friendship/729 General (Cross sponge)
Review of Friendship/729 General (Cross sponge)A good beginner rubber due mainly to it's price and simplicity.
These rubbers last quite a while so they take "beginner abuse" quite well and by the time they need replacing, you'll be ready for something faster and spinnier.
This isn't an overly tacky rubber and while it can't pick up a ball off the table, it does react enough to incoming spin to effectively teach a newer player how spin effects the game.
Sponge-wise, it's fairly-firm and lacks any sort of real ability to engage the sponge, that said, it's a great rubber in the short game.
Again, this is a very good do it all rubber for newer players or those looking for a step up from pre-made rackets.
Oct 15, 2012
Galaxy Mercury II
Review of Galaxy Mercury III'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.
Oct 15, 2012
Review of Galaxy MoonIt's odd that Galaxy tries to earmark Moon as their T05 substitute because it's simply not. The throw isn't high enough and it's not crazy spinny though it is quite fast and bouncy.
I would go as far as to say that this is somewhere in between Bryce and T05 in terms of how it plays, albeit with a bit less speed.
At first glance, the topsheet looks like a high quality Euro/Jap topsheet in that it's matte with very little to no tackiness. The sponge is similar in colour to Butterfly's Spring Sponge (Tenergy, Spin Art) though the 39 degree red version is a fair bit harder.
As far as playing characteristics go, this is a decent looping rubber away from the table but excels in blocking and counter-hitting due to the slightly harder, springy sponge and it's strong insensitivity to spin. In the short game, it can be springy if one isn't used to a tensioned rubber but by no means is it difficult to control once you get a feel for it.
After using it on my forehand for a short while, I ended up switching it around to my backhand as the Mercury II was a better fit while Moon wasn't producing enough spin from mid table for my liking. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad FH rubber but it just didn't work for my style of looping and worked better for blocking which I prefer to do on my backhand side.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get out of this rubber what some of the other reviewers did and I assume that it's due in part to my preference to stay fairly close to the table and the fact that 39 degrees is a little harder than I should actually be using.
Again, there's nothing inherently wrong with this rubber, in fact, its quite good at blocking and counter-hitting as I mentioned ; it's just not for me unfortunately.
Oct 15, 2012