Donic Baracuda Big Slam
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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 Big Slam (15)
Strange, but this has nothing of its big brother, Baracuda has. Everything is worse. Feels like Donic has pushed out it quickly on the market when Baracuda came and got alot of attention. Baracuda is top 10 still i think. This is not bottom 10, but close!
regular Baracuda is better spin, but Big Slam version still do greate spin. sponge not soft much as advertise.
These days the game is changing, due to next season all league matches will be played with poly balls in my country, from amateur to pro. (Pro matches are played from 2014 with poly balls). Blades are getting stiffer stronger with more power, and rubbers are getting slower, softer and bit grippier. So I chose this rubber for my Donic World Champion 89 Waldner blade. Softer Big Slam for BH and normal for FH. The setup is amazing. Firstly I would like to point uut that I use the rubber unboosted, but probably will boost, when the rubber's preformance will decrease. The setup has a really nice ALL+/OFF- speed, with enormous control. Though the rubber is spin oriented, it functions very well in other strokes. The spin is the same as Tibhar MX-P, bit more than M2. Speed is slower, when playing, but the blade has that OFF power, when I smash.
The rubber is very linear, my opponents say, that it is a bit easier to play against, than MX-P, because MX-P is more faster and rougher. But because of the control I can do counterspins to every loop, with decent speed. Spin sensitivity is very forgiving. My Blade is 92,4 gr, with rubbers it is under 180, which is considered a medium/light blade. It does not feel squishy on this stiff blade, ideal backhand rubber for spin oriented attacker or dropper style of play. Gives freedom of ball handling sacreficing a little speed, but gives huge spin in return.
Best fit for my backhand for 5 years now. Spinny, high throw, great control. Using it on Waldner Dotec AR blade.
Definitely not suitable for a hard blade. The sponge is too soft so that it feels like the ball hit the blade directly. Not as much grip as the regular version when brushing the ball.
The Donic Barracuda Big Slam (2.1mm, red) is soft like an draftsman vinyl eraser with more gummy density. The rubber sheet has a firm yet elastic stretch enough to lightly surround the ball upon contact. The soft sponge allows very good control against hard incoming balls at seven feet away from the table's edge. When returning the ball at that distance remember the trajectory is lower than most high tension rubber sheets. At the table and close to table the ball when "stroked" with an inverted lateral wrist movement produces a very shallow and very fast Helical Spin. As this kind of spin touches the net at low speed, the ball would "suspend" over the net's edge for a short milliseconds length before just dropping over. At higher speeds the ball seemed to "stasis" (suspended animation) at the edge going left to right side or vice versa depending upon the Chinese Penholder Grip player's wrist action with an "anchored" elbow close to rib cage. This results in the other player not able to contact the ball at all. Chinese Penholder Grip players do not have a "backhand" return. Though with a mobile and not rigid wrist he is able to create "Corkscrew Spins" (three dimensional spins) which are not possible with Shakehand Grip (neither forehand nor backhand).
Tried it but the balls only remain two dimensional spun balls.
For the Shakehand Grip player hitting the ball by scraping along the edge of the rubber sheet, the ball would be propelled like a Side Spin or with elbow inverted (backhand) become a shaking Top Spin ball.
As the player become older in age, his injury recovery is slow. And when the player still enjoys a Table Tennis game at age 90 years-- you shall know he is "playing" you for keeps.
Like all sports and physical activities-- its the "Innovator" that "stays in the game" even after the tournament is over. And he never takes his emotions to the tournament or to the the players. It is never about winning the point, nor winning the game, but about surviving your experiences as a player and returning stronger. The high technology equipment helps, but the techniques should be internalized and practiced. Recommend Donic Barracuda Big Slam for its careful and considerate engineering in creating a rubber sheet that is technically superior both for the Penholder Grip and Shakehand Grip players.
Although expensive its a consistent and durable product to develop ball manipulation techniques which gives no quarters.
This product deserves nine stars for Donic's engineering efforts.
Very spiny, good control, enough speedy for offensive blades. It's sheet appropriate for off+ blades.
I love the original Bara on the FH side, but have recently replaced it with Bluefire M3. However, Bara BS remains an excellent choice on the BH side.
Slightly softer than the original Bara, but not as soft as the other Big Slam versions (Vario and F3 Big Slam are much softer). Throw is lower, speed slightly less, spin remains very high. This suits my BH, and I find it a bit easier to use than Acuda S3 on the BH side due to the easy access to spin and slightly deader feel in the short game.
Excellent BH choice, and agree with everything NS said in his/her review above.
I think this is a fantastic rubber used it for one season tried a the Yasaka fusion and decided to go back to the Donic Baracuda the ball hold is amazing.
I have it on my BH and it seems to work better so far than the regular baracuda - possibly because I play more loop drive on my BH and the throw angle is lower than regular baracuda which am loving. On the scale of speed it is very slightly slower than regular version but the sound is really nice and feel is better possibly due to softer sponge . The top sheet is the same so it's as grippy as regular baracuda. To me I didn't have to do any adjustment to my BH stroke changing from regular baracuda and I love it in my BH. I am still testing serve returns aggressively so might write back soon but hoping not much surprises coz of same top sheet.
I love this rubber!! I was using Donic Vario Big Slam before, and Baracuda definitely has more speed, while keeping nice spin and enough control.
The first time I used it, it felt so easy to put all the shots on the table, no matter the amount of backspin my oponent was applying to the ball. Also I noticed that my oponents started having more problems trying to control my topspin shots, they said it themselves.
Totally recommended, I use it on my forehand along with a Schlager Carbon and a Desto F3 Big Slam on the backhand.
Not as soft as it should be. I still prefer Acuda S3, which has more speed and spin.
quite disappointed. I'm a Donic fan and was very happy to hear that Donic at last release this rubber. However, after I used it for a few session. I found it slower and lower throw angel than Donic Acuda S3. :(
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