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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...

Galaxy Venus table tennis rubber


This is one the latest rubbers from Galaxy (a.k.a. Yin-he or Milky Way). This new series of the Venus 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.

The topsheet is very spinny and soft, for outstanding touch and control, good speed and extreme spin! This rubber comes with 2.2mm High Quality IMPORTED sponge for maximum speed and spin!

STYLE: 2 winged Looping

Ratings (out of 10):

  • Speed: 9

  • Spin: 10

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


User Reviews (from internet/newsgroups, etc):

Review by haggisv:

I've been searching for an alternative for my Globe 999 National 2.2mm, for something that I can chop with consistantly on my FH. The Globe glued up is just too fast and also too sensitive to spin.

I especially ordered in the Venus in 36deg 2.0mm as I thought this would suit this purpose.

I Boosted it up with 2 layers of Falco booster (like I do with my Globe) and stuck in on my Energy wood.

Well I was very happy with the results, and after playing a few games, I found myself playing better and more consistant with the Venus!

The Venus topsheet is fairly soft and a little thick and quite tacky, and looks of very good quality. The sponge on these is imported (not sure where from) and looks of high quality, and reacts to glue very well. It felt quite a bit softer than the Globe...

Looping with the rubber was fast and spinny, a little flatter trajectory than the globe but just as much speed (if not more!), and also with a lower throw (Globe throw is high!). Slow brush loops were very spinny and very much like the Globe. On my fastest loops I could feel the rubber bottoming out a little, but I only needed to brush a bit more with a finer angle to compensate. The Globe would just keep getting faster and spinnier.

Hitting was great...a much louder cracking sound than the Globe, and it felt less sensitive to spin, and it was VERY fast!

Blocking against loops...this is something I struggle with normally as the incoming spin really bites on the Globe. Well I found it a lot easier with the Venus and more forgiving... it was much less sensitve to spin. Of course the thinner sponge is quite a factor here too.

Chopping was pretty much what I was hoping for.. less sensitive to spin, slower in the short game and better feel and control coz of the thinner sponge. After a bit of practice I was chopping quite well against loops, better than I've done for a long time, and I was winning some points as I was getting some heavy spin!

Serving with the Venus was great, just lke it is with the Globe...very easy to generate heavy spin, and to vary the spin. The soft and tacky topsheet is fantastic for this...

Conclusion: This rubber seems to suit me very well for the style I want to play. For an all out attacker the Venus will not beat the Globe for spin especially at the top end, although to be fair I'm only using a 2.0mm venus, so a thicker one may well come closer. For a more controlled game based on spin that includes chopping, the Venus is fantastic and still has great speed, even on my energy wood. The Falco booster obviously enhanced both these rubbers a lot, and gives both rubbers a booster in speed and spin, and softens the sponge. This 36-38deg version seems better than the 40deg version I tried before (not glued either), but even the 40deg version was quite a nice rubber.



I found both of them very tacky. The Mercury more tacky then the Venus. Both feel slow on slower shots because they are so tacky. This will wear off a little after a few session, and should remain fairly stable. Both sponges (40deg) are not bad, and fairly fast. The Venus definitely has a nicer sponge (imported), which glues up quite well too.

To get the speed you need to hit harder and through the a little more, otherwise it will feel slow. So you may need to adjust your strokes a little to get the speed out of these.

I found the venus VERY spinny on loops, more than I expected. I assume this is due to the tension effect that is supposed to be inbuilt. Glued up the Venus had a huge dome, and was quite fast. I quite like the venus because of the huge spin and good speed. The Mercury is good because it's quite cheap and good value for a very tacky rubber. Alex V



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