DHS TG Skyline 2
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DHS Skyline 2 (control + spin) Skyline 2 rubber made with new technique brings fresh experience of loop with quick-attack. Colloid combined with acerbity and glutinosity has distinguished friction, which is completely different from Chinese traditional rubbers and can create powerful and changeable spin, Power and energy would break out continually for unique pimple structure and elastic colloid so that changeful spin is more steady and threatening.
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If you've watched competitive table tennis at the highest levels, then you've surely seen DHS products in action. Perhaps the most notable athlete using DHS equipment is Ma Long. A legend of the sport, Ma Long uses a Hurricane 3 rubber on his forehand. Hurricane 3 rubbers are undoubtedly the most popular rubber series from DHS and are a prime example of hard and tacky Chinese rubbers. Many players try out the Hurricane 3 and H3 Neo rubbers on their forehand as an introduction to this style of rubber. These rubbers require considerable power to fully unleash their potential, as well as proper brushing technique. You can find the H3 rubbers in Commercial (NEO), Provincial (H3, NEO) and National (H3) versions.
DHS offers rubbers with different characteristics well-suited to other uses as well. The Gold Arc 8 series is a high-powered rubber that performs more closely to other brand's flagship offerings. It has a grippy surface and fast sponge, which comes in both 47.5 and 50 degree hardness. You can find Skyline and TinArc rubbers rated as Soft, Mid-Soft and Mid-Hard.
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Reviews of DHS TG Skyline 2 (23)
9/10 for OFF style. FH: DHS TG2, 2.2mm, 46g (0.225g/cm^2), 40 degrees (Shore A). BH: Palio CJ8000 Biotech 42-44, 2mm, 45g (0.22g/cm^2), 39.5 degrees (Shore A). Blade: Donic Persson Exclusive OFF, 85g, 156mm x 151mm x 5.9mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (Wood): Limba - Koto - Balsa - Koto - Limba.
I have it on my BH and is working great, offered control and helps me place my BH shoot perfect.
I had this with dhs h3 on my first pre made bat. Very spinny without loads of effort needed. Speed is fast but is balanced by adequate control. In my opinion, it is better than h3 but I don't have solid, consistent strokes. Very good for beginners and intermediates that want a good spinny, controlled rubber. Not very good for chops or pushes as the ball bounces off at a high angle, very fast.
DO NOT BUY THIS RUBBER TO PLAY AWAY FROM THE TABLE! You will get frustrated since balls will go to the net every time. You have to hit very hard in order to pass balls.
If you play close to the table, that is a different story. You will get very good control over the ball and you can brush the ball to get great effect. Is the hardest rubber i've ever played with (i've always played with chinese rubbers). The sound is very nice.
¢ It's affordable.
¢ Lasts a long time.
¢ Spin is above avearge, even on a stiff blade. (May work well on a high-flex blade looking at its spin characteristics.)
¢ It's heavy.
¢ It has a dead feel.
¢ Speed is low (especially when unglued.)
Overall this rubber is good for its price and for players who don't mind tacky and heavy rubbers to play with. It's a good looping rubber to consider if product price is an issue. But for drives, it's not that good. It's pretty slow.
I ended up getting this rubber after my Red G888. Rubber is a LOT lighter, less speed, more consistency than the G888.
Pen-hold players will enjoy this rubber though it is still a little slow.
Chops and close to the net play requires better control from the player, while mid- to long- distance play just requires more power.
This rubber would be good for Beginners and Intermediate players before attempting faster or spinnier rubbers.
I would rate this as an All-Round Rubber, you get to learn aggressive top-spins, smashing, chopping, pushing, blocks, simply looping, service and basic play all are improved and enhanced by this rubber.
But if you are looking for the Killer rubber, this is not it. Your opponent WILL have enough time to read and return, you will be rallying for a long time with this rubber. A better opponent will FINISH YOU if you play with this rubber.
So unless you plan to improve your game and yourself everyday, you will be at a disadvantage. This rubber is an excellent training handicap that will MAKE you play the best game you can to win. It will make your opponent work as well enough to give them confidence playing against you.
The upgrade from this rubber would be the TG2 Neo, but that is a lot harder, faster and spinnier with lesser control and heavier.
Yep, this rubber is good enough for beginners, those trying to get a better game than usual. Its just a practice rubber, the rubber does have better control and but almost lacking in speed.
As I no longer like the Chinese rubbers due to their lack of speed and hindrance to a higher level of play ( I am sure the Chinese National Team rubber is not available to ANYONE AT ALL ... its probably fake if you manage to buy it ) so the Chinese Commercial rubbers are good for the practice and hobbyists but useless in competition and anywhere else.
So its adios to all the Chinese rubbers it was fun while it lasted and thanks for all the fish.
it is an awesome rubber for the price probably the best value of any rubber i have ever bought.
i did have to clean it a lot though.
I've played with this rubber for over a year on my cpen FH. So I'd like to share my thoughts
Speed: the faster you swing, the faster it goes
Spin: Loads of spin. I found it easy to generate and keep adding on even in faster topspin rallies. You can also chop really good with this. Also very good for serves. Think Ma Lin.
Control: playing passive and letting the blade/rubber do the work is a no-no. You have to play active strokes. For me, this is the easiest of the DHS rubbers to control even at high speeds. I like doing 3rd/5th ball attacks and this rubbers a wonder for that. Short game is extremely good - i can execute drop shots, flips, pushes with easy. Though keep in mind the tack does hurt a bit when receiving serves but that's why you work on that so it doesn't effect you as much.
Throw angle: I found myself able to execute loops like H2 and like H3(just not as high). It depends on the stroke you play.
Summary: For me this is a joy to play with because I can do absolute anything with confidence that my shot will land on the table. It's pretty hard to bottom out since what you put into it is what it will produce though some people don't like that.
The speed is very slow. It comes from the hard sponge and the tacky surface, which almost stopps the ball.
But you can benefit from the hard sponge in blocking. To block fast or loop balls from you opponent it feels very slow and you got a good control.
Loop are just terrible. You have to work very hard for loops, because the hard sponge don't allow you to have "the catapult effect".
so in my opinion:
block and serve are good.
the loops and hits are terrible.
I had tested many rubbers, and this is only rubber I like for my forhand. You need to tune this rubber to achieve the best spin and speed.
I would like to rate this rubber:
Spin: 10. No any rubber can beat the spin from Skyline 2 based on my playing experience with other people in my club!
Speed: 9.5. It is very fast rubber after tuning.
However if one does not tune this rubber, I do not think it is a good rubber due to hard sponge + hard topsheet.
i totally agree with previous reviewer. this rubber is hard and offers little feedback. there is not touch play with this rubber. i have to hit really hard all the time to get the game going otherwise i get the dreaded "thud" and the ball falls flat. great for hard hitters ONLY.
well i just tried this oine and the TG3 and i will put if very mildly , its a waste of money...........
because : here the rubber dictates your playing style, only suited for offense and even while playing offense there is no feeling because the sponge is so f...ing hard.
when i play lees good players i like to let them play, so they also enjoy playin,g, but with this rubber i have no control and in defense or in allround mode its very hard to be effective.
and in offense, well its good but no feedback from rubber.
i previously enjoyed friendship/fx and mark V and may other rubbers.
next i'll try a tenergy
I've been playing with this rubber for a month now (2 Tourn) on a BFLY Schlager C, and it reminds me of another DHS type; the Hurricane 2....except with a tiny bit less tack and a tiny bit softer sponge. So it has a little less control than the H2, but just a tad more speed (which isn't much). It's not a pre-madonna or anything, but if you enjoy using 'spinny-control' rubbers, you should definitely try it out//
Feels like a dead sheet of H3 (commercial). The topsheet is a lot less tacky than say, a brand new sheet of H3 (commercial)... and about the same as the provincial.
Speed is just terrible. Especially flat hitting/countering. That characteristic "plack plack" sounds from Chinese rubbers is pronounced. When loop driving, the rubber regains a bit of speed, but still slower than H3 and a LOT less spinny.
Works better on a soft 5-ply all wood. But seriously I doubt Ma Lin would be using this topsheet even on some magic sponge.
The Double happiness Skyline 2 is great rubber for people who like to use a lot of spin. This rubber is kind of an alternative to hurricane, i think it can produce more spin, but is not quite as fast.
I played with this rubber with some Andro Free Glue, and it worked pretty well. I especially liked the spins of it. For example, serving was really nice. Also, chopping, and high arc spinny looping were excellent.
Considering the low price of this fantastic rubber, I highly recommend people who like to play with spin rather than speed or poewr to try it out.
This rubber is really kool at times. It gives me the opportunity to spin the ball whenever you want. I heard some people saying that this rubber is lame, but if you try this rubber out with a spin serve, you will definitely like the effect.
This rubber in great in 1.5mm, with outstanding control and accuracy for blocking and hitting, which is where my high control rating comes from. The tacky surface allows you to generate very good spin on serves easily.
In 2.2mm it's not bad for looping, but the sponge feels a little firm, which makes it better for hitting/driving. If you glue it up it becomes much better for looping and is very spinny.
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