Donic Acuda S1
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Donic Acuda S1 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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Donic is a table tennis equipment manufacturer that produces high-quality products in Volklingen, Germany. In business for over 25 years, they have been on the forefront of research and development, led by top Swedish pro players Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson. They also sponsor top German player Dimitri Ovtcharov among others.
Ask around your local table tennis club and you'll be sure to find some players using Donic equipment. They have a great reputation and it's no surprise when you look at their rubbers. Three of their most well-known product lines are undoubtedly the Acuda, Bluefire and Bluestorm series. Additionally, a spin-heavy favorite for the backhand is the Donic Baracuda. If you like to spin, smash, or a little bit of both, you won't go wrong with Donic.
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Reviews of Donic Acuda S1 (26)
Not a monster rubber in terms of speed, but pretty fast. Spin is above average, still not good enough for serves. Control gets this rubber the most points. Not very heavy, but not light either. Weights somewhat lighter than Barracuda. Loops are good, not great. Medium throw. Good for blocking. Less sensitive to incoming spin, compared to the rubbers with humongous spin (T05, Barracuda). Overall, a pretty decent rubber for backhand. Players who use backhand for blocking, counter and flat hitting will benefit the most from this rubber.
Spin (European Style): 9.2
Weight: 50g in 2.2 (0.244g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 37.3
Fast Loop: 9.3
Slow Loop: 9.1
Counter Loop: 9
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.8/2.0/2.2
Speed: average (9.1).
Spin: average (9.2).
Control: average (9).
Tackiness: slightly tacky (2).
Weight: medium heavy (50g, 0.244g/cm^2).
Sponge hardness: medium hard (50/37).
Top sheet hardness: hard (56/44).
Gears: average (4).
Throw: medium high (6.4).
Consistency: always identical (9).
Durability: lasts longer than average (6).
Top sheet thickness: thick (1.8mm).
Surface thickness: thick (0.9mm).
Pip length: medium (0.9mm).
Pip width: average (1.6mm).
Pip spacing: dense (0.6mm).
Overall: good (9.3).
Value: expensive (4).
The best rubber i ever use, till today. that i used for first time the blue p2.
The speed of the s1 is fantastic , very good angle. But not good control. Youbhave to play somw time to get ok. But when you have played for a time the s1 is fantastic.
Good control, welly designed rubber for all purposes/styles. Another classic rubber after F1.
I used this rubber for a year on my forehand in MAX thickness on a Timo Boll Forte. It is fast, faster than S2, but not as fast as S1 Turbo. It seemed to me it is not as spinny as S2 and S1T. It is slightly lighter than the S1T. The durability of this rubber is pretty impressive. A very good rubber for a close to the table - mid distance looper
Above Average Characteristics, can generate spin and smash POWER, for championship play!
A real donic-treat. Good on both speed and spin. Great a bit from the table. Blocks awesome.
I needed one or two weeks to adapt my blocks and topspins. After this time, i felt this rubber very fast and excelente top arc, for middle and far from the table. Close is a little difficult ti control.
Now i use m1 and is more controlable with same speed. For me m1 is better
Fast, fast, fast!
Lots of spring and is amazing for those intense backhand rallies that modern TT seems to play nowadays. Very controllable, not very spinny though. Go for S2 or S3 if you're looking for spin. Personally the best backhand rubber I have ever played with, but I am still advancing with my TT. Buy it if you're a smasher and looper, it's good!
Been trying it out on my FH, results, great rubber for FH and BH.
Loops can be made very easily, only if your footwork and rubber contact is good, loops are very spiny and fast. I would definitely recommend this rubber but not to beginners. All in all its a great rubber.
I am a great fan of Acuda S2 and i thought to try out the S1 too, hoping for the same great rubber with a little more gears. But man this rubber proved to be disappointing. Speed is the only thing that this rubber seems to have. Spin is just not enough for the speed, making it hard to control. I love to loop , but this rubber just makes things a lot more difficult, lots of my shots go off the table. Control is not good enough for me , not even on the smashes. Even the block is a bit difficult as the throw is a bit higher than the s2. All in all a rubber that only a good hard-hitter could find to its liking. More speed, less of everything else.
What a great rubber for any play that is offensive. it's really fast and spring-perfect for counter looping and underspin-loops. Just a little bit better then tenergy. get it! at first when you try it you might not like it but you have to stay with it then 2 weeks ever it will seem like the best rubber ever!
S1 is quite fast and easy to control.
Like it medntioned in the package, it is suitable for player with the style of closed table.
To me, the only problem is not spin enough.
Sometimes when I return the backspin serve, it is not easy to control and give the opponent a change to attack.
On a stiff blade, it plays great at mid-distance, easy to smash or loop. At the table, it's a bit hard to control and plenty of balls go off the back end. It's not that fast, but produces powerful drives and loops. Easy to block with and handle incoming serves. Outlaw on the same blade was much faster at the table either FH or BH, but Acuda was much better at mid-distance, even exceptional.
In short: fast, hard rubber with medium-low throw, good spin, a long and straight trajectory, good speed glue feel. Very poor durability.
Durability: very poor. Twice I bought it, and twice it bubbled after 1 week. So beware.
throw: medium-low. S1's throw is lower than M1, M2, aurus, Vega Pro, T05, Acuda S2, Mercury II 37, Hurricane III.
spin in loop: good. m1 has more spin. aurus also has more spin in loops.
hardness: hard. only for good forehands.
sound and click: a lot.
Wow, firstly this is the best rubber that i ever had. It's make my top spin more fast and more aggresive, even at my backhand top spin (more difficult than my forehand). But, it has less control at the feeling of the ball (my present blade is Bty Schlager Carbon hehe). Overall, i'm very enjoy at every single shot with this rubber.
I'm a Tenergy user now but intend to check and probably switch to Rakza or Acuda S1. You can find excellent reviews, tests, explanations and real results at http://web.me.com/igsstern/tabletennis/Rubber_DB/Entries/2010/9/28_Donic_Acuda_S_series.html, I recommend to read all linked articles to better understand why Acuda hardness is quite the same as Tenergy which in fact is 48 according to the scale used by other producers, and why it is a direct rival of T64 and none of the Acuda series is a rival to T05, while Rakza is a rival to T05 and not to T64.
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