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      Best affordable Chinese rubbers 2019

      Hey guys, this is my first post here.

      Quick intro: I started playing as a child when I was 6-7, then again in my teens for a few years on and off (never in a club, mostly with friends and during school holidays but sometimes every day). Now I'm in my 30s and hadn't touched a racket in many years until I recently joined a private sports club that also has a couple of tennis tables and a ball throwing machine. I started hitting a few balls and I was immediately hooked! I was surprised to see that the old reflexes were still there and after a couple of practice sessions with the machine, I could keep up with guys who have been playing regularly in a club for 1-2 years. I enjoy playing with topspin and attacking/smashing more than defending. After 4-5 sessions with the machine I set it on close to maximum speed and topspin, otherwise it wasn't challenging enough once I got into pace.

      I never owned a racket before - always played with school and friends' equipment - and my first one is due to arrive later today, exciting! Based on reviews and some personal advice I ended up ordering a Butterfly Primorac wood blade and Stiga Mantra rubbers, H for the FH and M for the BH. This setup ran me about 100, not too much and not too little.

      I am also intrigued about Chinese equipment and I wanted to get a cheaper setup to have for backup / friends visiting / trying out things. I already have a Palio Energy 03 on the way and I am looking for updated advice about the rubbers. A lot of the reviews I'm finding are pre 2017 and I keep hearing that the poly balls have changed everything and harder / faster equipment is now being recommended. I don't have a clear sense of the release timeline of the different rubbers and which are better adapted to this "new age".

      I'm reading good things about the 729 Battle II and it seems to be more consistent in quality than DHS Hurricane 3 that is also a favorite of many, although not clear if still adapted to the modern game (I'm not planing to boost).

      So without further ado, what are your favorite affordable Chinese rubbers in this day and age, particularly those that would work well with my two blades? Go!

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      AK 47 Red/Blue/Yellow is a good fast, non-tacky, lightweight, "euro"-type rubber that you can get for 11~12 USD from aliexpress.

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      Gambler rubbers are my favorite I've ever tried. Burst and Big Gun aren't terribly different from one another and are super spinny with good speed, especially on Thor's Hammer sponge. Mech-Tek and Nine Ultra Tack are supposed to be similar to Tenergy, and, while that's quite a stretch, they're pretty dynamic and high throw for Chinese rubber. Nine Ultra Tack is the same sponge and pip structure as Mech-Tek but is decently tacky, while Mech-Tek isn't tacky at all.

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      I would definitely recommend Battle 2 and Palio Ak47 Yellow version, haven't tried Blue and Red yet...

      Ak47 yellow is pretty decent rubber for the price, not great in any department but I enjoy having it on my backhand because it's good in blocking and offers a lot of control.
      Battle 2 is definitely a rubber to try, tacky but fast and with good control...Playing with it for about a month, 3-4 days a week and enjoy every training, still tacky, a little less though, and seems durable.

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      Best affordable Chinese rubbers 2019

      If you have never used tacky rubber before, then get something a little more beginner friendly like Yinhe (a.k.a. Galaxy) Jupiter II with 38 degree hardness). It’s my opinion that the other tacky rubbers like Battle 2 and H3 have sponges that are too hard and are intended to be softened with booster.

      If you go non tacky then KTL Pro XP is a decent and easy to use choice. I have also heard good things about Palio AK47. I have a sheet of AK47 coming in the mail to try out.


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      How to define "affordable"? It's very relative. I consider H3N National BS very affordable at 70 dollars a pop. They last a very long time, have had 2 setups with the same rubbers (4 psc) for over a year and the loss of speed and spin can only be attributed to that the boost has worn off. No issues with bubbles or anything like that on any of the 6 National rubbers I've used either.

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      You can't really go wrong with the Hurricane line

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      Thank you for all the recommendations. I think most of the rubbers listed here are European/Japanese equivalents. I was wondering if maybe there were some newer rubbers in the same category with Battle II and H3 that are worth trying?

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      Quote Originally Posted by JulianTT View Post
      Thank you for all the recommendations. I think most of the rubbers listed here are European/Japanese equivalents. I was wondering if maybe there were some newer rubbers in the same category with Battle II and H3 that are worth trying?

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      Gambler Burst Thor's Hammer is in the category you mention. 14 USD and is faster than H3 but spin seems similar.

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