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DHS Gold Arc 8 - 50 Hardness
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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: 50 degress
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Reviews of DHS Gold Arc 8 - 50 Hardness (27)
Pros: high spin, good quality, hardness 37 (also available in hardness 39).
Cons: too fast, short game difficult, non linear, a bit heavy 50g in 2.1.
I have the Goldarc8 50* on my Nittaku Ludeack.It is a good offensive rubber I got GA8 50* because I boost all my rubbers and they are like 46/47* in ESN hardness scale after treating it withTempo Long booster.Very similar to Andro Powergrip(still The Favorite) but a bit less control/feel.Like other 50* rubbers made in Germany by ESN they are excellent ,similar yet with small differences that make you decide if it is right rubber for you.
In 40+ years of table tennis, every time I tried out new rubbers I ended up with Butterfly - until now. I'm using the Gold Arc 8 2.0mm with 47.5 hardness on a BTY Apolonia ZLC blade and it was my choice over the Tenergy series.
The GA8 is relatively slow in the passive game with fantastic spin and control. As soon as you play active the catapult effect releases an impressive power: A Tibhar MX-P is just slightly faster, but with less gears, spin and much less control. GA8 stays stable at harder shots not like a lot of too soft tensor rubbers that drop the power when hitting through the sponge. Surprisingly the sensitivity to spin is not too high and blocks are incredibly easy.
Meanwhile I use it on both sides of the racket.
Maybe the best ESN-made rubber ever and a must-try!
As said before: This is NOT a Chinese style rubber and it is made in Germany.
Version. Mdium 47,5 used with XVT zl hinoki
To hard for me 44 european degrees. Very fast more than banco ouragan 37, andro hexer powersponge. I can feel the bouncy effect of tensor like but less than european tensors. The rubber surface is Also not usual with no clear shiny nor mate surface. The grip is also special need chinease loop tecnik to give high spin to the ball. Not miracle rubber but for the price can replace a european tensor rubber
simply the best rubber. Has good control, power and fast spin. Good for chop as well.
Plaque mettre entre tibhar mx-s et nittaku fastarc g1 :
La diffrence essentielle est la duret de la plaque et le angle de rejet, le reste est assez similaire.
Je ne parle que de la plaque 47.5 degrs en paisseur mdium.
Bon spin et duret plus tendre que 47.5, je l evaluerai entre 42 et 45 8 ressemble aux mousses cornilleau pro GT 39, en moins alvoles.
Duret : mx-s > g8 g1
Angle de rejet :g1> g8 > mx-s
Spin : g1 g8 = mx-s, difference trs lgre .
Bloc : mx-s > g8 > g1
Je continue essayer cette plaque qui semble trs quilibre dans ses forces.
Perfect rubber. I like it better than the 05. Better spin, speed and MUUUCHHHH more control.
Use it on BH, on Ma Long 5 and neo 3 on FH.
Second setup is:
DHS 301, GA8 on BH, T05 FH.
If T05 had better control-I could switch between them.
First off, I'm a 5th Division level (of 7~8 divisions depending on region) player so take my review with a grain of salt. So far, I've played with many different rubbers but go-to rubber so far has been MX-P, Rasanter R47, and T05.
I'm on second sheet of "Gold Arc 8 max/50 degree" on my FH. The blade is Fangbo B2 (carbon). First sheet was un-boosted and it was a hard to get used to. quite bouncy. It's also heavy. Even my coach said it's heavy compared to R47 I had on before. It seems to be on par or slightly heavier than MX-P. My coach (former pro player) also tested the rubber and said it's a bit bouncy (he uses T05).
Unless you are a skilled player, 47.5 degree sponge version may be better all around when using it without booster oil.
Second sheet was boosted and made a world of difference. The difference was most noticeable among all the rubbers I've used. Looping was easy with a ton of top spin, smashes were clean and powerful, counters were a blast, and power drives were super fast and spinny with satisfyingly loud clicking sounds. Downside is that the booster only lasts about 3 weeks.
- Fast but bouncy
- hard to control
- Fast, much better control, spinny
or something along these lines.
GA8 being $33 from HK, compared to ~$36 for R47 and MX-P and ~$55 for T05 in my country, it is a winner. Also, considering T05's notoriously short life expectancy, R47's grippy but fast wearing top sheet, and MX-P's great but fast dwindling sponge, GA8 is a bargain and a hidden gem.
Conclusion: GA8 isn't exceptional in one aspect but great in all. For me, when boosted, it's a super offensive rubber that can do everything better than most.
Black Gold Arc 8 2.0mm on FH with hurricane Long 5 and yasaka Sweden extra. To fast for me on hurricane Long 5, however perfect on yasaka Sweden extra, some might want some more Speed. It reminds me of rakza 7 which Also is a great rubber. Everything is Good, try Gold arc
I'm coming from Xiom Omega V with Timo Boll ZLC and I really love this rubber. It's got tons of power and good grip. I can control the blocks very well. Placing the ball back at the exact same spot consistently. It's a slightly higher throw angle which I enjoy. Serving is about normal but still good. Where this rubber excels is away from table and looping hard. I have complete control and power when I want it. The ball feels like it explodes off the face but with spin. I can't say I've tried chopping with it because this is an offensive rubber. I really love this thing. I won't be switching any time soon.
The search for the perfect rubber has ended for me. It is DHS Goldarc 8 at 50 degrees Max thickness. What a rubber! Unbelievably good at everything, speed, control, spin, ball placement, serves, blocks... Name it and GA8 is there to fulfill your expectations. Not to mention it is very forgiving, very easy to use. The rubber has a medium soft touch (pressing it with fingers) but gives a medium hard feel during play. It is excellent when counter looping and extraordinary when opening topspins in underspin balls. By far the best FH rubber I have ever tried (altough I changed it to BH), and I have tried a lot: T05, H3 Neo, Rakza 7, Fastarc G1, Vega Asia, Vega Pro, Baracuda, Hexer HD... If there any negative point about this rubber I would say the price. It is expensive, compared to most of DHS rubbers, but not really a surprise for such good rubber.
This is an excellent control rubber. It is not nearly as fast as what it is rated at. Mind you it is not a slow rubber but not particularly fast. You can do everything well: pushes, spinny serves, flat hits, loops, both passive and active blocks. It lasts about 3 months. Just be sure to clean the top sheet at the end of the session.
have it on my Nittaku Acoustic-is a ballistic weapon.My loops are so fast,spinny,pin point accurate.Work of art.Better than Rakza 7 even Tenergy 05(....I can't use that rubber I feel....need better technique though).
Comparing to t05. Test with robot with consistance ball speed and test with multiball training with human. Have use it for 1 month. I like this rubber on the lower gear, easy to use, better click sound. I like t05 on the high gear, better speed and spin. For certain level player its not easy to maximize t05 potential because u need to make hard stroke to get the high spin. Ga8 is more forgiving and easy to make the spin on slow stroke. So sometime u will feel t05 is better and sometime u will feel ga8 is better. Its depend on your level and play style. That all and i wish good luck to everyone.
Fast rubber. Not for the faint of heart. For attacking players. Doesnt loop well. Counter attacks awesome and counter smashes even better. Doesnt play well with chinese style. More European style rubber. Acts a bit like a speedier Tenergy 05. Really bounces off the rubber fast and deep. Easy to hit long with slight shift in angles. Sensitive to incoming spin. Tested on a DHS power PG 12 Off++ paddle.
This is a seriously great FH rubber: its in the same league as Tenergy and MX-P. In the recent past I've used primarily Tenergy 05 or Tibhar Evo MX-P and Yasaka Rakza 7 for a good time prior so I will use them as my primary comparisons. I think my best comparison would be to describe Gold Arc 8 as a slightly faster and spinnier version of Razka 7 with a slightly higher throw angle. Basically an upgraded Razka 7 for the 40+ ball. For T05/MX-P users it has more in common with MX-P being slightly slower with similar spin and a tad higher throw angle. It does everything well with no glaring weaknesses: Opening loops, counter loops, blocking, pushes, flat hits, serves, serve returns are all excellent.
Tenergy 05 is still a little stronger as an all out pure looping rubber and MX-P is faster but GA8 provides excellent spin and speed in an overall excellent and balanced rubber that is great for mid distanced looping attackers. If you are a pro or an aspiring pro T05 is still probably the best choice but for amateurs I think this is the better overall rubber. Recommended.
47.5 degree sponge, med thickness, tested on Treiber K.
I see this rubber's ratings have dropped slightly from the heady days when it first appeared on the database.
Funny how new equipment seems to garner extraordinary hype and ratings in the initial reviews.However this rubber
deserves it's very high ranking as it's one of the best I have tried. Opted for the softer, thinner version as I felt 50 degree max would be too hard/fast and that I would probably not utilize It's potential anyway. 47.5 seems perfect, the supple top sheet makes the rubber feel softer than it is, and with a high level of grip, spin based strokes have great rotation.Control is excellent , with a very linear power curve that is easy to unleash.In combination with the Treiber K, I had speed, control and consistency that fit well with my abilities.
I am an older player (60), but if you are an advanced,fast,powerful player (read younger perhaps)
then the harder/thicker version of this rubber might suit your game even better.
I thoroughly recommend this rubber as it has that great synthesis between sponge and topsheet and is Only $30US per sheet.
Great rubber for BH or FH, it suits stiff and medium stiff blade. All the characteristics of BTY T05 with lower throw angle and a bit slower than T05 using 47.5 max thickness. I will try 50 for extra speed soon. This rubber is also very durable. 50 is faster but the throw angle is too low for me, I will stick with 47.5 for now. The weight of Dhs GA8 is heavy, definitely heavier than Bty T05.
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