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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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 - 50 Hardness (45)
DHS golden arc 8 , 47,5 red 2.1 ,most universal rubber, great in everything, very easy to play, similar to Tenergy 80
Just have a couple of sessions with this rubber 47.5 degree hardness on my backhand. I played with a Sword Blue Feather blade. I have to say that I am warming up to this rubber very much. I think that the strength of this rubber is in its control area. Blocking is a breeze and if you play close to the table and have to make a quick block if you are out of position, the ball will be blocked back with ease.
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...:)
9.4 spin is misleading. This is a solid rubber for its price, but nowhere as spinny as other rubbers that are rated 9.4 here.
I love this rubber, I have been using it on my backhand for a little over 6 months now and it is great. This rubber is good for a backhand dominant player as myself, but if your backhand isn't as strong it is a very suitable forehand rubber as well. This is a very springy rubber and doesn't have a lot of dwell time, but it is still very good at generating spin. This rubber is definitely not for beginners.
Coming from Rasanter 47 and Xiom Omega 7 Pro, GoldArch 8 was non-grippy, bouncy, not that fast and with poor control. Update - I hated it on FH, but found to be an excellent BH rubber on Viscaria, in 47.5 hardness.
Bought second hand in 47.5 red max and glued to an old schildkrot blade so just a few thoughts: feels about medium hardness during play, but has a solid purchase/contact on the ball which improves confidence unless you don't hit very hard, in which case this is probably too fast for you. Fairly springy even on the slow blade. Arc is nice and predictable. Enjoy your TT!
Ratings for 2.1mm, 50 degree sponge. Very fast and spinny. There is a good chance your loops will not come back.
Great rubber espesially for looping and top spin play. This rubber suits the ones who play mostly at 2-3 feet from the table. Good dwell time when paired with flex blade, and it helps when near the table. I use it on BH with Stiga Off Classic. Once I use it on Donic Waldner Legend Carbon, but it's too fast for me with this set up. A great rubber....
I bought a red 47.5 max sheet for my back-end. I will compare with t05fx. Cons: Bouncy, short game needs adjustement to make short pushes. Completly non tacky wich paired with bounciness means less spinny serves. Pro: Every attack is a breeze. Banana flips are spinny, topspin attack easy, loop is great, smashes are powerfull. It has good speed, not as fast as t05fx, but more linear, easier to control on backhand, better for me. It has improved my game drastically, every short ball becomes a flip candidate with this rubber, making my game more aggressive. Great rubber all in all, i will try the 50 degree version too.
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.
My favorite to BH. Spin is easy, blocking as well. Good control not crazy fast. My blade is XIOM Zetro Quad, spare blade is BTY Timo Boll ALC.
XIOM Zetro with GA8 is a bit easier to me (than BTY TB ALC) and also provides better spin + throw angle.
0ne thing disturbed me. This Rubber shrinks bigtime if u test in different blades
Very fast and bouncy using the 47.5 version. Need good technique to control it. Using a blade that has good dwell time (inner fiber) and the ball still shoots off like a cannon. Good for a player who likes the speed aspect of the game. Will stick to my Tenergy 05-FX for better control and spin.
Got this rubber in black, 50 hardness max thickness, 169mm x 170mm weighed in at 73.3g. At first when I tried it on a stiff blade, I couldn't control it very well. After transferring it to a Yasaka Sweden Extra, control improved a lot. Very linear mostly from low to medium high gears. Explosive catapult seems to take effect on more powerful shots. Good for looping as the soft topsheet is very grippy, not needing to engage the hard sponge that much. Kick effect is very easy to achieve using this rubber compared to others.
Incredible rubber that has it all. Easy to play with. Takes 20 min. to get used to, if you have played with tensors before. Top 10 in my book!
This is the best rubber I played. Speed, control, spin, all at a high level. The price is low for rubber. I used to play tenergy 05, Now GoldArc 8.
Spin (European Style): 9.3
Weight: 50g in 2.1 (0.247g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 37.3
Fast Loop: 9.3
Slow Loop: 9
Counter Loop: 8.9
Available Sponge Thickness: 2.0/2.1
Spin (European Style): 9.5
Weight: 52g in 2.1 (0.257g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 38.5
Fast Loop: 9.5
Slow Loop: 9.1
Counter Loop: 8.9
Available Sponge Thickness: 2.0/2.1
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.
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