Donic Acuda S3
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As with the other rubbers from the ACUDA series, ACUDA S3 produces excellent spin. The very soft sponge increases feel and sound, and offers sufficient speed for powerful spin and a positive block game. Playing with DONIC ACUDA S3 will guarantee success and pleasure. It has a unique sound!Sponge hardness: softPlaying characteristics: spin-optimized, fast, paired with perfect sound.
Recommended for: Spin and allround players who require excellent control.
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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 S3 (41)
9.3/10 for OFF style. FH: Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft, 2.2mm, 44g (0.217g/cm^2), 39.5 degrees (ESN), 33 degrees (Shore A). BH: Donic Acuda S3, 2.2mm, 46g (0.224g/cm^2), 37.5 degrees (ESN), 32 degrees (Shore A). Blade: Butterfly Primorac Carbon, 88g, 157mm x 150mm x 6.9mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (3 Wood + 2 Composite): Hinoki - Tamca - Kiri - Tamca - Hinoki.
I used this rubber on my BH with a Nittaku Septear blade(OFF) for about 1 year before I changed. I found this rubber to be the best do-it-all rubber I have ever tried, it was really easy to block loops that had lots of topspin and it was fairly easy to create spin as well. Compared to the Tenergy 64 I had on my FH the Acuda was superior, it had better spin, control, durability, the only thing that Tenergy was better at was smashing the ball. Weirdly enough the Tenergy was not faster by a whole lot. I occasionally tried the rubber on my FH and it was super comfortable to loop and attack with. So far it has been the best rubber I have used, but I do nothave loads of other rubbers to compare it to since I am only 13, I have played for 6 years so I still know my fair amount of table tennis.
Spin (European Style): 8.9
Weight: 45g in 2.2 (0.219g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 32
Fast Loop: 8.9
Slow Loop: 9
Counter Loop: 9.1
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.8/2.0/2.2
I played it in 1.8mm on FH and BH on a stiga all around classic. It was my first tensor rubbers. I choose this one over the Desto series because i've heard that the first generation rubbers (desto) were not so much mastered and that the new generation rubbers such as acuda are more balanced and stable. I've played a bit with some Destos (F3, F2) and i think to remember that they felt more bouncy. Anyway i really like this acuda S3 and it was really easy to get my habit with it. Very good spin and control, easy short touch play. Really no problem ! You can drive and loop with it, it's good. Maybe 1.8mm is a bit too thin for looping and i was thinking to then play S2 2mm and S3 2mm. To conclude it was a very good first tensor rubbers and i was very happy with it (At the time, i played since almost 2 years. Maybe it would have been too fast for a first rubbers)
Good rubber to play close to the table. The price is make sense for a good quality rubber. I really recommend this rubber for all round player.
Acuda S3 has soft sponge, best for lift under spin ball, not to fast but fast enough to finish a point. Also not durable, edge easy to chip. Price just fine. Overall it was a good rubber for control and it has nice click sound.
I am using S3 on my Fh (blade Andro Temper Tech All+). Very good all-round rubber. Easy to play, easy to spin :)
Speed: very low (8.2).
Spin: average (8.9).
Control: average (9).
Tackiness: slightly tacky (2).
Weight: average (44g, 0.219g/cm^2).
Sponge hardness: medium soft (42/30).
Top sheet hardness: hard (55/43).
Gears: average (3).
Throw: medium high (6.6).
Consistency: always identical (9).
Durability: average durability (5).
Top sheet thickness: very thick (1.9mm).
Surface thickness: very thick (1mm).
Pip length: medium (0.9mm).
Pip width: average (1.6mm).
Pip spacing: average (0.7mm).
Overall: average (8.9).
Value: expensive (3).
This is a good rubber if you are looking for spin more than speed. The control is average . I would recommend for all round players.
Great rubber. I have bought one fresh in 2015 and found it a tad harder with a little more kick. Still a great rubber with a lot of control. Makes a great bh and it pairs great with any blade, great last generation rubber : springy rubber, grippy topsheet, lightweight with good control.
Fantastick rubber for ALL+ controled game. plays really well with Grubba Carbon BH 2.0 block is like a wall doesn't 'catch' spin backhand topspin is a killer high throw with tons of spin and always goes where it should. Also tested on Innerforce ALC but didn't click together
This is my current backhand rubber, and I think it is quite fast, and very spinny. Topspinning on an underspin ball comes with ease. When you start off using this rubber, you will find that it is a bit hard to control, but eventually you get used to it. Overall it is better for matches than for training, but if you want to be able to control it easily, you should also train with it.
Good rubber for looping from mid distance. I have it on my fh with max size and on a xiom offensive s blade. The problem I have with this rubber is that it's hard to loop close to the table. Slow looping close to the table is even harder. I think it has to do with the tensor on this rubber. The ball usually goes far and fast even if you try to slow loop. But the good thing about the rubber is how awesome it is when you are at mid distance. I can make some crazy shots from mid distance.
Update: After some practise the slow loops works fine though. It's deffinetly a good rubber. Best rubber I have used! Love it!
I've been ping ponging (pardon the pun) from rubber to rubber for a number of years. At one stage I thought I had found the holy grail with Tenergy 05 for my FH, but it was a rather expensive solution. Then I discovered Donic Acuda S3. I found the transition from Tenergy 05 seamless. It has comparable spin and is a very versatile FH rubber...but at a much cheaper price. I think I'll be sticking with it for many years yet.
combined with primorac carbon, nasty combination ...flicks, loops, counter loop, block etc....with this combo you wont go wrong Naruto & 9 tails combo
The Donic Acuda S3 is a soft rubber which i have used on backhand with a 1.8mm sponge in the red version.
On my backhand it worked really great for me when for playing topspins, shoots and drives. spin and speed is good especially shoots over the table are lightning fast maybe also because of the low swing weight of the racket when doing short movements with the wrist. the control in those techniques is very good. the rubber produce an higher arc compared to the S2 which is for me an advantage when making backhand topspins close to the table.
On the other hand it seem for me much more difficult than S2 when it comes to blocking. incoming balls with heavy spins are quite difficult to control.
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