harsha_vardhan on 5/14/2014
Set up :
Blade : Galaxy T2.
FH and BH : Neo Skyline 2 TG2.
SPin: 9.5/10, Speed : 8.6/10, Control : 9/10.
Throw angle : Medium High.
First impression was that the rubbers were too sticky/tacky. Pushing and playing flat/no-spin shots were a problem. Pushing softly would go to the net. But as I played more and more the rubers "broke in" and it was absolutely awesome. Heavy topspins were easy to generate with minimum effort. BH looping was awesome. Lifting chops were also very easy compared to euro-style rubbers. Pushing with underspin was easy. Throw angle was medium high. Playing flat/shots also became easier. The best part is the heavy spin it imparts while serving and while looping. I have not seen a seen a rubber which has imparts more spin than this. I have played with Tenergey 05 fx but Neo Skyline is better than Tenergy 05 FX in almost every aspect. And costs less than 1/4th of Tenergy. AWESOME !!
Facebook on 7/31/2012
Set 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.
Carbonation on 7/20/2012
A very good rubber, speed is average despite being on a carbon blade, due to it's tackiness. *
Somehow the construct seems to makes it less sensitive to the incoming spin (than other rubbers I've used) despite being tacky, hence giving it a better control factor and therefore really dominates the spin game.
The amount of spin it can generate on the serves is good.
The downside of this rubber is the weight of course. However it is lighter than the commercial Hurricane III (one of the reasons is that the sponge is slightly thinner on the neo Skyline II).
Probably one of the best rubbers I've used so far. But it would be better to use a lighter blade for it (at least <85 g, personally I would get a blade in the 70-80 g range), as it gets tiring for the wrist.
*Update: After playing with it for a bit (over 15 hrs), the rubber has indeed become livelier, faster, but still can produce lots of spin, hence amazing for loops. This rubber deserves proper care (foam cleaner and sticky rubber protectors do the trick); doing so makes it like new albeit a tad less tacky (but still very sticky as it can still lift a ball from upside down).
Edit 2: Still spinny and lively after over 30 hrs+ of play ! My favourite rubber so far !
Hozze on 7/19/2012
Using it as FH on a Stiga Hybrid Wood penhold blade. Had a Neo Hurricane 3 Provincial before, played the Neo Skyline 3 prior to that.
Slightly slower, harder, and about as much spin as the Hurricane 3P, but faster, softer and more spin than the Skyline 3. Plays more similar to the H3P than the Skyline 3, for some reason.
Does everything really well and offers (for me) the ideal compromise between speed and control. Loved the H3P on my good days but I was too hit and miss with it overall. This allows me to play the same game but with slightly larger margins.
Highly recommended, cheap as well.
Jonsonas on 2/28/2012
Have bought this rubber a week ago and played for about 4 hours. It is my first chinese tacky rubber - formerly was using Stiga Boost TS, Xiom Vega Europe, glued Butterfly Sriver FX. When unpacked from vacuum, it was very tacky - You could lift a ball from a table easily. I think it was due to a protective sheet glueing. This rubber starts to work normally after about 2 hours of intensive play, so don't be confused. The throw angle is being pretty high at first, but after some time it normalizes. I use Tibhar Stratus Power Wood OFF blade and NEO Skyline 2 TG2 on my FH. Compare to Stiga Boost TS, I feel much more power, much more control and spin. Yes, the technique is a little bit different from European rubbers - mostly You can't do a short fast swing, You must do a full arm swing to do a good topspin. I have read before buying, that tacky rubbers react to an opponents spin a lot more and was afraid of that, but I can't feel this when playing with this rubbers. I have talked with a really good players about that rubber, and they have said, that they haven't heard anyone being dissapointing about that rubber. What I like the most - it has no tensors or any other similar technologies, so the spin and speed is created only by Your hand, so You can easily control Your playing gears. It could only not match Your style - for example, if You're pretty tall and have pretty long hands to do a big swing, You'd probably like it. Otherwise, if You're small and short handed, lifting topspins from a middle distance and low level, You'd probably struggle with this rubber. For me it works perfectly, I think that everyone offensive player shoul consider trying it - keep in mind, that it costs only 1/2 or even 1/3 price of most European inverted rubbers.