Donic Acuda S2
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Donic Acuda S2 is a very fast rubber with outstanding spin qualities. Close to or away from the table it is possible to play "loop-loop" as in the days of speed glued rubbers. Despite its medium-hard sponge, ACUDA S1 is easily controllable and has a great feel. You can count on ACUDA S1 even in an awkward situation. This rubber may be fast but ball control is excellent. Basic character: spin-focused, high precision fast rubber. Player's style: aggressive, first ball attack, close to the table.
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I currently use this on BH side in 2.0 on Xiom Aria blade (5 ply wood). This rubber is a good choice for offensive players that want a great deal of control in their game. Its not too fast, and feels very linear in terms of speed being directly proportional to how much you put on it. It has very good spin, but not as much as I typically like and expect out of a tensor, especially on serves. I felt like it was very easy to hit the table on loops, drives and blocks due to the control factor. This rubber has one of the most unique and satisfying sounds when you make optimal topspin contact. Sponge hardness feels similar to Barracuda, maybe a tad harder.
I just can't come to grips with this rubber. I've tried it on my 2 Donic blades. no good. This week I glued it to my new Bty TB ALC and tried to brush loop against backspin with my Newgy - maybe 60% percent went on - twiddled my paddle to Thors and got immediate improvement. I will try on my (hard) Y-H T8 next.
I tried it with my new Zhang Jike blade and it lacked the dinamism and speed. COntroll was good. I changed to Tibhar MX-P.
IMO, This rubber is balance between spin & Speed, It goes amazing if you use a control blade like DWSC, TB ZLC, MJ, St Intensity Carbon, ,,But if you use fast blade like SC, Axelo,,, it won't run as well especially the amount of Spin...
Use it on BH with Xiom Vega Pro for FH on Xiom offensive S blade. I've been through a lot of rubbers in the past 8 months, searching for a good BH rubber and this one is a keeper. I love this rubber.
amazing rubber, very good control, good speed and spin, on my Korbel is perfect, slower than Baracuda but more control !
Sorr for my bad english, I am german
I play this rubber on my VH on an Baum Esprit blade. This rubber has a lot of Spin and Control with good speed. I can advise this rubber for Spin orriented Player who wants to play close the table and mid distance
A very balanced offensive rubber. It really gives a lot of spin to the ball.
It takes time to get used to the blocking. It's quite sensitive to opposite spin, and you can't be passive on your blocks.
Topspins and services are a real pleasure with this
just got mine and i think is a nice rubber, using it on bh, and i can say that it has monstruous spin, but is so controlable...
After 2 months with it, still awesome but i had discovered that is good for blocking, still good spin but lacks some speed at mid distance and throw is a little low for mid -distance, still a great bh rubber for me, just i have to be more carefull when i use it in that distance, btw lift a ball with backspin in it is easy near to the table
update, after 3 months with it, it has started to notice the use spin and speed still the same, i just hope that it last for 1 month more. i play 4 hours 3 or 4 times a week
I agree if this rubber as a substitute to Tenergy 05. The difference to T 05 is only a Speed. T 05 has more speed than Acuda S2. but you won't be regret if already try this rubber....enjoy it
this is my first review here and i was restarting with table tennis a year ago after a break of about 10 years.
acutally i using acuda s2 on forehand (black 2.3) and backhand (red 2.0) on a donic dotec blade. my impression is that the accuda is an good allround offensive rubber without real weak points. for this reason it will be for me the reference rubber for all future review.
the acuda s2 has a good speed, good spin and good control. the throw angle was lower than the rubbers i have played years ago. compared to them (donic vario, vario mach 1) the biggest difference is that the acuda s2 has a better speed (especially when you are away from the table and a lower throw angle and a lot more gears. spin seem to me more or less the same.
the biggest strength of this rubber is in my opinion that you can do it all (top, block, shot, chop...). it generates good topspins on every distance with sufficient (but not extraordinary) spin , blocking is quite easy, shots and counter attacks can be hard and precise, good serving and returns are also not a big deal with it. you can play slow and on shorter distances as well as you can play away from the table means that this rubber has many gears.
***comparison of different accuda rubbers***
the 2.3mm will get you again some more speed for playing with topspins away from the table compared to the 2.0mm. the red version which i use on backhand seem is noticeable heavier than the black version.
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+ a real offense "all you can do rubber"
- i am dissapointed of the durability(quality) =>there is again a spot where the pips shining through after only 15h of playing on may forehand. on the other hand i was able to play nearly 6 month with the old 2.0mm black on my forehand it it was still spinny and speedy)
It's a fantastic rubber. Incredibly controllable i don't know how at this moment it has only 8.2 at control. I rated 9.3 at control, because in my opinion it is definitely worth it. You can do any shot with it. Because of its great spin and control i am able to do a smash hit with deadly accuracy. This will be my forehand rubber for a long time. It's only minus might be in the serving area, it's not very grippy so serves are not very spiny. But when the sponge comes into play on loops, the spin is incredible. And the lack of tackiness makes the top sheet less spin sensitive giving you better serve returns. I don't know how to explain this, it has a "meaty" feeling, if you hit hard you don't get to feel your blade, but still the tensor sponge which feels soft-ish at high speeds, which is great for me. Great rubber.
Update 1: I have the Acuda S2 on the backhand too and guess what, it's just as great! I have a killer set-up, light but with a lot of power and spin with Acuda S2 on both fh and bh.
Update 2: 6 months later i still use the same acuda s2 sheet. It's edges are in shreds, because of rubber-table contact (my fault), but the playing area is intact, just as in day1, long after my backhand xiom vega europe has cracked and is now garbage. I'm giving maximum durability. Now i have a personal coach and i'm learning the brush loop. This rubber is pretty good for such shots. The best learning rubber, very forgiving.
Excellent rubber for FH. I used it on my FH with Joola Rosskopf emotion carbon blade, with Mark V on BH. It gives excellent control on the blade. Lifting the ball (flick on FH) is very easy. May be coz the ball stick to the rubber. The spin that it could create while service is also good, but not too good to my expectation, or i am not sure if i am still not practiced with it much. FH blocks and very controllable. I could get the ball in on very fiercy shots of opponents (provided i get the angle correctly). I was earlier using Joola Exp-2 rubber in which i miss a lot. Either ball would hit the net, or travel out side. The FH chops are mostly controllable, but still i feel it is not as controllable like mark V which i used on FH long time back. Overall, i am much satisfied with it. Thanks Ganesh
Nice Rubber Great speed spin and control. It goes best with acuda s1 turbo
just bought the rubber yesterday, good but not 10percent satisfied.wanted something with more control and spin. Vibrations on rubber are evident and im not liking them..maybe coz its new?
Awesome rubber, very good on the offensive and serves. Even good with defensive chopping! I used it with a Galaxy Y-4 allround blade.
Its great rubber.Very spinny and good speed with better control than tenergy.But its not durable.
alternative to tenergy 05, but slower 20%,
but very nice rubber for looping and smashing, chop is strange but u can chop but if u use to it.. i used it almost whole year..better for carbon blades...
Great rubber for BH. Speed + Spin.
use it with kreanga powerspin and i can say that is nice rubber for advanced players, nice for loops, very spiny and durable( i have it about 8m .. 5 day in a week 2-3h training and dont have to be replaced), but i think that it needs more speed for fast serves..
Very good rubber if you want to play close to the table.
If you look at all the previous reviews you will see that this is a very good rubber and at the price a very goog buy.
Interestingly, check out Yasaka Raksa7. I have a distinct feeling that Acuda S2 and Raksa7 are one and the same. Both made in Germany, they have an identical topsheet and indentical sponge. Difference is the Yasaka rubber is a little cheeper !!
Rubber for allround attacker. Pushes and serves have bites and control. Makes flicks and opening loop are very easy. Not bouncy. Speed is fast though speed glue sound is not prominent like JO Silver. Durable.
This is a great rubber for forehand on stiff blades. (max thickness)
The throw stays high enough for forehand, even on very hard carbon blades like Galaxy T4 (OFF+). Throw is lower than vega pro, but higher than vega europe, and much higher than calibra.
Gears: even on fast carbon, the low gear is still there.
Speed: excellent. More than Vega pro, less then Acuda S1 of course.
Arc: like other rubbers in the acuda series (s1, s2 and s3), the arc is rather straight, i.e. it does not have as much arc as vega pro or T05 or bluefire M1 or Sanwei T88-i. However, the trajectory of Acuda S1 is low and long, whereas S2 is rather low and shorter.
Strong point: very easy opening loops, which can be executed with a suprisingly slow motion, yet are spinny and long and penetrating. The arc is not high, but the spin is there and they are very easy to execute. This way, this rubber allow you to slow down the game a bit when you have a difficult ball.
short game: good. (on stiff 7 ply all-wood blade, xiom extreme s).
A tremendous forehand rubber. I use it on a Butterfly Timo Boll T5000. It has lots of spin . whenever you hit a top-spin it just spins tremendously!! First time I played with it, I was truly impressed. It has very good durability also. It has a soft feel which is nice.
Quite disappointed because it is slower than Rakza 7 soft. Not a good combination when attached with Jun blade because of a lack of feel and sound. Also, the topsheet is harder than I expect.
This is an awesome rubber. I bought this rubber just a few days back and it is really worth the money (Rs 1800... That would be approximately $40).
Spin is amazing. Speed is good. Blocking is easy and my game seemed better instantly when i started playing with this rubber. Best rubber i have played with. I have not played with Tenergy. So i cant compare Tenergy and S2 :). I have played with Donic Coppa JO gold, Donic sonex JP gold, Euro-Chelonz, Joola express 2, Joola Energy. I must say Donic Acuda S2 is far better than any of these rubbers. Now I have Acuda S1 on backhand and S2 on forehand.
The only negative perhaps is the return of serve. Since this rubber is spinny (ball grips more), my return of serve was not easy but with some patience and some slight changes i managed to return quite well after some practice.
Only slight adjustment was needed to play with this rubber. Previously i used to play with Doppa JO gold on FH and Joola energy BH
Well done DONIC for giving us such a good rubber :).
amazing rubber, has it all: speed, incredible spin, and amazing for loop-to-loop rallies from mid-distance.
I have been using this rubber for a year now, amzzzzzing spin ...i use the perrson cobokev and the perrsson off CORK handle blades and its a weapon of distruction, no lies.....I am going to get the new Donic S1 TURBO when released in August 2011.......a must try rubber
Great rubber. I switched from tenergy 05 and I love it. I wont be going back. It plays almost identical to tenergy 05, a little slower but not by much. If you are tired of paying butterfly prices this is a great rubber to get.
Other rubbers have worn out to, at least, half their lifetime, while this S2 looks and plays virtually like new. By reading blogs about modern rubbers I learned about "bringing back to life" the spin characteristics of this rubber using paraffin oil (which I do every once in a while). I'm afraid it's going to be disapointing to go back to any other rubber regarding durability. In my opinion, it's a very controllable attacking rubber.
great rubber! very spinny and fast with a lot of control
I have used this rubber for a while, and have tried lesser priced alternatives, and found nothing exact to it as far as total performance. I have seen alot of tenergy users switch to this or s1 rubber. It is insanely spinny, very fast but not the fastest, and control is good. Looping is easy blocking is good, but due to its spring, it's hard to keep short. If you hold a ball 6in above it and drop it at just a slight spin, it will bounce stright across the blade and acually accelerate and sometimes bounce off the blade! This is a perfect tensor for intermediates and up for a german loop game. Anyone looking to save $30 on your rubber without giving up much, here ya go.
This is a great rubber. It can grab the ball much better than rubbers like Calibra LT, Boost TC, Xiom Omega European, Hexer, and Calibra LT Sound. Compared to Tenergy 05, it is a little bit lighter, but the ball does not dwell as much as Tenergy 05. However, the dwell time in S2 is much better than any of the previous rubbers mentioned. I don't have to adjust almost at all to play my normal strokes.
This is a hi-tech rubber that can help you perform difficult strokes with control. This is my main impression after playing only 4 hours with it. I am a jpen player and always rely very much on defensive and agressive blocking at close and mid range, for this, the rubber is excellent with the added bonus of good pushing abilities: for the first time in 45 years of my experience as a player I could use pushing as a weapon with a fast raquet. It is also sensitive to your opponents spin. I must point at that the manufacturers review is pretty accurate: speed 9+, spin 10++,control 7- and medium sponge. By the way it looks very symilar to t64 sponge. It is also said that it is for "power allrounders and attacking players". Again they nailed it if you consider the tennergy 64 the perfect attacking rubber. The S2 allows you to "slow down" your attacking game while you think of a weakness of a more agressive opponent without loosing your pressure noticeably. In my opinion this rubber can give you power from it's good control. Very soon you will be experimenting w/. spiny loops and drop shots and yet it is a good attaking rubber.
This rubber play my game very good. It is justified its value. Play similar to Bryce Speed FX but is not as soft, which I like great deal.
Fantastic topsheet and sponge. This rubber is an amazing spinny rubber with a throw angle very similar to Tenergy 05. It is a little slower than Tenergy because the sponge is softer than usual although not at all soft like Tenergy 05 FX. If I would compare percentage of speed with Tenergy 05, it would be 95% speed (very tiny variation).
Spin is great and spinny loops jump off of the topsheet. Power loops (drive loops, smash loops, etc.) are amazing when you get the ball into the sponge. Short game is very controlled because sponge does not react like a hard rubber, such as Platin, and, therefore, allows for short backspin returns. Pushing is great because you can control the direction of the ball with the topsheet, not having to contact the ball with the sponge (you can grab the ball with the topsheet to push).
Flipping is not as balanced as everything else though. You can't do a "satisfying" medium flip although you can get a lot of speed by the two other ways. Because of the high spin, you can do very deceptive wrist flips using a very tiny arm movement and get plenty of speed on it. With power flip, like Schlager flip or Suss flip, you get amazing control and feel. However, when you try to combine 50% power and 50% wrist, you don't get the desired speed although this is tiny problem. Difference with Tenergy is that the rubber catapults at all speed of incoming ball and Donic Acuda S2 needs a little more speed for strong catapult. however, when you make a fast ball, it can be faster than Tenergy because sponge really explodes for fast shots.
I don't know what gears are, it is probably an American thing, so I rated average because I do not know. I am going through my 6th sheet in this past 4 months (playing every day at least 2 hours) and I must say durability is impressive, especially better than old Donic rubber. It still does not last as long as the Tenergy 05, but if you compared costs, you are saving around $33 a sheet. Percentage for durability compared to Tenergy is 85% and I have not received a bad Acuda S2 yet (I have probably got 1 defect Tenergy 05 out of 40 when I played with that rubber).
Great rubber. I switched to this from Tenergy 05 on FH and BH and did not have to change my stroke whatsoever. Better yet, it is not overpriced like Butterfly Tenrgy. FINALLY AN ANSWER TO BUTTERFLY'S MONOLOPY.
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