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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...


This is one the latest rubbers from Galaxy (a.k.a. Yin-he or Milky Way). This new series of the Mercury rubber has High Tension in-built into the topsheet. It does this not by stretching the rubber, but by a chemical process during manufacturing. This results in better speed and spin without sacrifising control.

This rubber comes in both 2.2mm or a whopping 2.5mm sponge, for maximum speed and spin!

Style: allround fast attack


Ratings (out of 10):

  • Speed: 9

  • Spin: 8

  • Sponge hardness: Medium soft (39-41deg)




Milkyway Mercury, Black 2.5mm on a Sardius:

The topsheet is firm and tacky similar to national H3. The sponge is white

and comes in different hardness ranging from 39-47 degrees. Whoever have

used the national h3 would know that after a few sessions the h3 become

softer and tackier. Well Mercury is the same in terms as having same effects

as the h3 after a few sessions. It has a springy effects which catapult the

ball when you loopdrive the ball. This rubber has a higher angle arc like

the h3 and has the same tackiness as h3.

In term of the weight, Mercury can not compared to the National h3 (HK,

Canton, Beijing sponsored versions) but it is definitely lighter and lighter

than the provincial h3. The reason which i chose 2.5mm because with 2.2mm

after a few session the rubber will becomes softer so that it will lose some

of the speed. For the price that i m paying, this rubber is worth a try. rossi carbon


I tried this rubber on a Stiga Energy wood. The rubber felt fairly light for a chinese rubber, the sponge was 2.2mm and fairly soft (marked 39-41deg). The rubber looked of decent quality. 

The topsheet is quite soft and ultra tacky. In fact it was so tacky I could easily hang the ball on the bat upside down, without it falling off. This made it great for very spinny serves and chops, but made it slow for low-medium pace drives. Some of the extreme tackiness will probably wear off after a few session of use. In general I found it offered very good control in the short game.

When you hit through the ball a little harder, the sponge starts to work. The sponge actually feel fairly fast, so when you hit or drive the ball hard, it comes of real fast.

Looping worked fine, with good spin and good pace as long as you make the sponge work a little. Brush loops are spinny but a little slow because of the soft and tacky topsheet.

Counter looping required some adjustment, as the tacky topsheet made it more sensitive to incoming spin, so you need to close the bat further.

All in all it felt like a nice rubber, offering great spin on serves and chop, good control on the short game, and good speed when you make the sponge work. Although this rubber mentions it is tensioned, I'm not sure exactly where this comes into it. It might explain why it plays faster than you would expect from a Chinese rubber with a sponge of this hardness.

NOTE: This review is for general information only. You may experience this rubber differently, depending on your blade, style and skill level. Alex V.

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