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 (39)
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 agresive. Great rubber all in all, i will try the 50 degree version too.
3 months update: only downside of this rubber is the bounciness. Otherwise durability is great, after twice a week use i don't see a shadow on it. Better durability than t05fx.
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.
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.
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