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The rubber with vicious spin.
The new FORMULA DONIC BARACUDA rubber with inbuilt speed glue effect produces fantastic spin. With DONIC BARACUDA the ball leaves the blade in a conspicuously higher arc, giving considerably more spin. The increased rotation of the ball stabilises the flight and increases speed. The results are convincing after a few hours of training to become used to this modern rubber. Accuracy of placement is visibly improved even for top players.
DONIC BARACUDA offers that extra margin of safety even in the tightest situation, and not only when engaged in a high risk top spin game. DONIC BARACUDA's top rubber surface has been newly constructed to minimise abrasion and damage to the edges. The happy result: more playing hours with a surface that remains intact without noticeable damage.
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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 Baracuda (102)
Intermediate level playing recreationally, really like this rubber on the backhand (2.0mm), good feel for loop, block, push, serve, serve return. Just great all around
Durability is excellent, after three years (2 hours per week) only some tiny bits have come off near the edge
I found this rubber to be very fast but its best characteristic is the spin. You can feel it also in the surface and I find that the sponge hardness is medium to soft (probably more to soft). Although the hardness, it lacks in control but in time (and practice) you can use to it. It has high throw so you must beware if you use it with fast blades. it does not affected so much from humidity like other rubbers and it last a long time. I ordered a red sheet and I also have a black which I find it to be more spinier than the red, although is a year older and with a lot of hours playing.
Overall a very good rubber in a logical price.
Ratings for max thickness. Easy to generate spin most of the time due to some softness. Thin top sheet similar to tenergy, not as fast.
Currently using this @ 2.0 on a Xiom Stradivarius.
Speed - Nothing to write home about. Decent speed, noticeably slower than my Bluestorm Z1, a little bit faster than Mark V. Speed on flat hits and drives is so-so, not amazing but enough to put it on the table.
Spin - Spinniest rubber I have ever used. No contest. Definitely way spinnier than Mark V, Vega China VM, and even the Bluestorm Z1. My training partner had a harder time blocking topspin shots with the Baracuda compared to the Bluestorm Z1.
Control - Since it's a lot slower than the Bluestorm Z1, I have more confidence on my shots than I do with my Bluestorm Z1 (I use the BSZ1 on my FH, and Baracuda on BH, more on this later). Topspin shots are easier to land on the table, and placement is also easier. I had a bit to do a little adjustment on my pushes because of the high throw angle. not a bad thing, just something to take note of.
Tackiness, weight, sponge hardness and aren't really much too important to me. However, it's non-tacky (to me at least), light (lighter than my Vega China VM and Mark V), Medium-soft (Softer than Mark V).
Gears - Depends on how good you are at varying your shots. Slow shots come out slow, shots with more effort come out faster. There is a ceiling to how fast a shot you can make, but for everything else, what you put it is what you get.
Throw - Very high (at least for me that is). I used to do BH loops with an open bat, now I can do quicker loops off BH with a more closed racket position.
Consistency - Same shot every time, all the time. Wonders of modern industrial manufacturing.
Durability - only played with it for one session, so I'll put average. since it remains to be seen. Dinged it against the edge of the table within the first 15 minutes of playing, it wasn't too strong or anything since I managed to slow down at the last second. Didn't rip or ding the rubber. after wiping off the smudge from the table, still looked new.
Not to fast, good spin, easy to stroke. Good sound when flat hit or smash. Not durable, easy to broke if hit the table. Still worth the price.
Best rubber if tenergy is not an option. Spin is better than t05 but it has slightly less speed and durability. I use both sides but it is probably more of a backhand rubber. My only recommendation would be to only go for 1.8 or 2.0 as max loses that special spin aspect and weighs too much in comparison.
rubber with medium speed, medium hardness, high spin, sensitive to the incoming turn, very high launch angle, great feeling, good control, quite heavy, very good for top spin, recommended for fh, it is recommended to use with hard woods
A great spin rubber. suitable for forehand. cheap rubber. but I don't like the feel with this rubber in the backhand. tenergy 05 is good for backhand.
Spin (European Style): 9.7
Weight: 48g in 2.2 (0.235g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 34.5
Fast Loop: 9.2
Slow Loop: 9.1
Counter Loop: 9.3
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.8/2.0/2.2
I find rubber inconsistent insome shots. When looping far from the table, or in some flat hits the ball goes straight to the net like it doesn't grab the ball. I feel 1/10-20 shots is like this. Other than that, agree with everyone elses comments. Another advantage I find is pretty good blocking.
Spinniest non factory boosted esn rubber with high throw and moderate speed.
Excells at looping. Speed comes through on high impact shots. Suitable for both fh and bh.
Topsheet grips the ball well. Sponge is lacking something compared to factory boosted rubbers. This cannot be resolved by boosting, which does not improve performance a lot. Still super solid rubber.
I think this is just the best backhand rubber. Ive tried a lot)
Here is max version in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTdZe0vmD74
I am intermediate (not yet advanced) player and it really shines on backhand loops and helps me to improve my game. The spin is just amazing.
Legend from Donic, and what an excellent rubber it is. Lacks high speed (but is enough for regular close and middle play), but shines in spin and control. Throw angle is high, I had to adjust my forehand in the first days (resembles slightly with T05, but without that catapult). And it's mid-hard, for my surprise. Overall, it's a great rubber, works well both in FH and BH.
Great for Backhand to generate extra spin. Too slow for forehand. (Used on innerForce ALC.S)
I bought this rubber twice. The first time was 4 months ago, it was very spinny. The second set was bought 2 weeks ago and the rubber had little spin and the topsheet felt firmer. Disappointing.
I tried during last 20 years few Donic rubbers - Desto F2 and F3 , X1 TP , Acuda S2 , from another companies BTY Tenergy 05 , Tibhar FX-P. Donic Baracuda is imho for my play the best of all of them. Donic Baracuda has big spin potential and good speed. Baracuda is very , very good in combination with powerfull stiff blades , as my Xiom Strato or Avalox P700. Highly recomended for new "plastic time" , regarding huge spin. Edit 03/18: Baracuda has not so high speed as BTY T05 , has similary (low) catapult effect and similary characteristic and spin possibility.Baracuda is diferent from new rubbers as blue Storm e.t.c. Baracuda is "old school" tensor rubber with best spin potential with moderate speed. Edit 30.4.19: I play still Baracuda , in max...Durability 7 months for me , very good option , today on Vodak Diolen custom blade(similary of some arylate blade )...Highly recommended rubber.After trying all thicknesses I play with max sponge , in could conditions by matches is it little more funktionally ..Edit 2.1.2020: After some months with Fastarc G1 I am back by Baracuda...Reason is - in our could Gym is Baracudas 45SH better as 47SH by G1. My best thickness - option after testing 1,8-2,0-max is 2,0mm now - best mix of all properties near the table .Combined with ALC blade is Baracuda very efficient rubber with enough speed , best spin and good control.
Played about 7 hours with this rubber so far on FH. Used with Xiom Stradivarius and found it was too stiff to get dwell with this rubber. Then used Xiom Offensive S and feels fantastic, amazing and powerful spin. When playing vs tenergy users they struggle to block the incoming ball because of the unexpected spin. Power is lacking slightly but adequate to finish the point, enables tidy and slow spin loops which you could argue is more useful for consistency. Overall loving this rubber and continue with it on the FH. Tenergy 05 has recently gone up to 54 from 50 in the UK :(.
Yasaka Extra Offensive 7 Power (Carbon blade. OFF+) Rubbers: Yasaka Rakza 7 1.8 black. Donic Barracuda 1.8 black. I prefer Rakza 7 with this blade both on forehand and backhand. Reason: Although both play quite simalar, Rakza 7 is slightly livlier, harder, giving you therefore a better feedback. Barracuda (tiny softer) requires more of your own add up/power/work. The spin generation is almost the same.
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