DHS Gold Arc 8 - 47.5 Hardness
The rubber surface of GOLDARC 8 is highly elastic just like a fully bent bow, which can easily create strong friction. This smooth surface rubber with underlying intensive big-pimple structure gives the rubber great elasticity and off-court power. The player can enjoy the instant feeling of striking with minimal effort and will appreciate the crisp hitting sound.
GOLDARC 8 has outstanding performance in strength and speed, bringing an overwhelming pressure to the opponent in full court. This rubber is suitable for both forehand and backhand.
GOLDARC 8, the highly elastic non-sticky rubber, was developed by the DHS R&D center and German rubber-making expers with the consultation of World Champion Wang Liqin.
Hardness: 47.5 degrees
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If you've watched competitive table tennis at the highest levels, then you've surely seen DHS products in action. Perhaps the most notable athlete using DHS equipment is Ma Long. A legend of the sport, Ma Long uses a Hurricane 3 rubber on his forehand. Hurricane 3 rubbers are undoubtedly the most popular rubber series from DHS and are a prime example of hard and tacky Chinese rubbers. Many players try out the Hurricane 3 and H3 Neo rubbers on their forehand as an introduction to this style of rubber. These rubbers require considerable power to fully unleash their potential, as well as proper brushing technique. You can find the H3 rubbers in Commercial (NEO), Provincial (H3, NEO) and National (H3) versions.
DHS offers rubbers with different characteristics well-suited to other uses as well. The Gold Arc 8 series is a high-powered rubber that performs more closely to other brand's flagship offerings. It has a grippy surface and fast sponge, which comes in both 47.5 and 50 degree hardness. You can find Skyline and TinArc rubbers rated as Soft, Mid-Soft and Mid-Hard.
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Reviews of DHS Gold Arc 8 - 47.5 Hardness (53)
It is amazing, very versatile rubber with a moderated reaction. It does exactly what you want.
RED MAX 50: 73g (uncut)
This rubber have crazy spin and power, and i lot of control on every shot.
Good for both beginners and professionals, I think version 47.5 is more controllable.
I played Tenergy 05 fx before and in comparison, GA8 is much easier to control. First off, GA8 is a lot firmer for the sponge. It feels like playing Xiom Vega Pro to some extent. So it is slower than T05 fx in passive block. But in active block, it is about the same or may be a tad faster. GA8 is very linear. So it is very predictable on your shots. Over the table flip or chiquita backhand flip is quite easy. The ball spins quite well. But you do have to put a bit effort to create the proper pace.
The rubber has no tackiness. But it is grippy enough to spin the ball well. Smashing the ball is quite easy. I do have to adjust my angle a bit to be more open than T05 fx due to the fact that this is a harder rubber. So you need to hit with a more direct way instead of the rolling style stroke when playing softer rubber like T05 fx.
Overall, this is a good rubber and a good start for DHS to start producing ESN rubbers for the European market. If you are a classic Chinese style player, this will make a good backhand rubber especially if you play close or medium distance from the table.
For long distance shots on BH, this will require some effort. But many rubbers out there will need that anyway. So this is not new for me.
I will stick with this rubber for a while and see if it stops my EJ itches...:)
Update 1: Great rubber but the serve department really is behind other rubbers. If you ask me this is a great learning rubber if tenergy on backhand is too much for you. Blocks, drives, topspin loops, flips all are great and easy to improve on backhand with this rubber. Durability definitely better than tenergy, almost twice as much. With this on backhand and 05 on forehand i won my first tournament today. Really worth it.
XIOM Zetro with GA8 is a bit easier to me (than BTY TB ALC) and also provides better spin + throw angle.
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