DHS Hurricane 3-50 Soft
Hurricane 3-50 is a tacky rubber which produces a characteristic low arcing ball flight from middle distance. The underlying 50# sponge is produced with great sponge elasticity which enables and maximises a strong spin effect with use of the wrist. Hurricane 3-50 is the first choice for players who prefer to drive-loop and topspin. It integrates tacky rubber with elastic sponge. The sponge is receptive to ball contact while the rubber friction grips and holds the ball. Such a combination provides the player with great ball feeling with every shot and suits players who want to exert a fast, stable loop attack. Now available in soft edition!
Hardness: 35 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 Hurricane 3-50 Soft (21)
I put it on my wang hao 3. Loop accpetable, controlling good but the blocking is low due to the soft sponge. Maybe medium sponge can improve block and defense.
A very good rubber for training or for improving the performance of topspin technique. There is no catapult effect, so the ball flies as you hit, all errors are immediately noticeable. Also, due to the lack of catapult effect, there are no unexpected and inexplicable misses, which often come from beginners with rubbers with a powerful catapult. It is very easy to perform blocks, but the smash is weak.
No, definitely no. A wrong choice Ive made. This rubber is useless or me, not good at BH and even worse at FH. Ok, it has good spin but... what else? It has very little catapult effect, poor control when looping and does not bother or put any of my opponents under pressure. I think its very different when you boost a H3N to soften the sponge and when you get a soft sponge ready like this H3-50 has. This rubber shows nothing from any of the worlds. It does not have the speed and sponge engaging of the european tensors nor the killing feature of the chineses like H3N. And it is also tough to control since it is very sensitive to uncoming spin.
Great soft, tacky, spinny rubber that will suit first-timers and people who want to switch away from bouncy tensor rubbers.
the surface is a traditional chinese tacky rubber, but in this case the sponge its soft... not a great combination, tacky surface its only for FH... the soft sponge makes the ball bounce really quick but for a tacky rubber you need dwell time and with this sponge you dont have it...
Very different h3. A hybrid very easy to use. You can use bh or fh. Decent speed not slow.
Very tacky. Awesome for my backhand flicks
Play 3 month on nittaku rutis blade. Same hard and tacky top sheet as DHS H3 & H3 NEO. Red sponge of H3-50 softer than H3. This is not Chinese traditional rubbers as DHS H3. When looping need more brushing the ball. It is easier to loop than H3. The arc higher and easier to counter. In short game a little less control, but enough.
Rubbers more friendly to players than Chinese traditional rubbers wich slower and harder. No need booster.
I have the Max Red Soft Rubber. And following things I noticed. Very sensitive to incoming spin. Not lively to active chops and loops. Blocks and Control strokes work ( medium push/ block / mid-table drive). Receives require such soft touch and control that beyond 2 or 3 chop rallies throws the ball long. Looping almost always ends up high or out of table due to either too much sensitivity or lack of enough spin.
H3 Neo was and is the vastly superior rubber to this crappy attempt at copying ESN Rubber/sponge.
If you want the best Chinese Rubber better look elsewhere. You want to serve / kill. Or flip/flick attack. Top-spin /counter-hit/ counter-topspin please dont even bother with this rubber.
I have played the neo h3 and skyline 2 and i like those rubbers quite a bit but for my game I fine the h3-50 the best fit. I have it max black on my forehand and I just love loop to loop rallies with this rubber. Lots of control and Looping with this rubber is the most automatic with huge amounts of spin that I have experienced. When I'm in a loop exchange (say on the second or third loop) with little effort and my shot looking similar I can dig the ball in a bit more and produce a ball that kicks enough to cause problems often end the exchange making a them miss or my opponents shot will often go long off the table. The kick is not quite like a tenergy kick that speeds up and stays low but rather it kicks higher which also is very effective with top side stroke. I also reall like how it's easy to play balls that are hard to get to. Low balls that are below the table are easer to loop back effective shots than with the neo h3 or skyline 2. Also higher or the almost out of reach balls that I'm having to really move or reach and i may not be in the best position to hit can be zipped back down on the table with great late spin as long as I insure I'm on top of the ball when reaching them. Mine is tacky but not as tacky as some dhs rubbers I have had. I can pick a ball up for a second maybe two it still produces lots of spin. I find it to also be effective while blocking even a few steps back. I don't feel a drop off in the short game serves are great, but with out a doubt the neo h3 is better at flat kills. Plays is improved with a mid stiff, mid hard blade off- blades. I'm playing it on a hrt clipper wood at the moment.
This is a great rubber and for a very small price compared to others. Some people say it's slow, because when you play close to the table the tackynes plays an important role, however, if you hit the ball hard.. it bounces quite fast, therefore slow hits are slow and fast hits are fast. Overall great rubber.
I use this rubber with a Galaxy t 11+. I use it on my FH and i have short pips on the backhand. This rubber is also a good BH rubber. The blade is fast and hard so the soft rubber helps give this setup great control. Ive tried Tenergys and Tensors on this blade but this rubber works best. Control Control control. Short game is unreal because of the tack.......has just enough catapult to make blocks effective with nice control on placement. Good for slower serves. Doesnt push as well as Tenergy as far as getting that low spinny fast deep push but again the control on push is excellent. Nice for looping because you can swing your hardest and have confidence that the ball will hit the table. With the tensors or Tenergy series i find that im too afraid to swing hard because it doesnt land. Meaning with a slow rubber your game actually becomes faster. Awesome for BH flicks!!!.........When paired with the pips i feel confident that i can twiddle because this rubber feels safe on both sides where with my other rubbers if i got caught with it on the forehand i felt like my control becomes terrible. Great rubber when paired with the right blade!
Excellent for long distance counter-loops.
I've tried most of the other versions of hurricane 3. I've tried the NEO sponge and the national blue sponge. Out of all, hurricane 3-50 is the most unique. It has a Chinese topsheet with a Japanese/European style sponge (spring porous sponge). Among all of the hurricane 3 line-up, hurricane 3-50 is the slowest.
the hurricane 3-50 excels best in the looping game. But topspin drives are significantly slower than the performance of the neo and national hurricane 3.
Touch shots feel better with more control. Chopping seems to be the easiest on this rubber than the other hurricane 3.
overall good rubber, but not really an upgrade since the sponge density is so different among the hurricane line.
Once top sheet loses its tackiness the rubber seems to have a bit of trouble looping underspin. That being said the rubber still loops well. But its not as effortless when looping underspin, like it was fresh out the package.
Overall I prefer hurricane 3 NEO over hurricane 3-50.
Yes Andy Smith did an excellent review. I wanted to change from Tenergy's ( several) on my BTY Viscaria to something more directionally stable for my BH. This rubber has good speed close/ mid from table and and provides excellent spin on serves. Pushes are loaded, loops severe, and short game good. This rubber performs best on fast blades as it may feel mushy on softer blades. Though it costs a bit more than some other DHS rubbers the price to performance ratio is excellent. Update. Outstanding on T.B Spirit blade for FH or BH. If you dislike the hard sponge on many Chinese rubbers you will love this version. More control, slightly less speed, and wicked topspin. Feels like it absorbs your opponents shots to allow you to generate your shot with precision. My absolute favorite Chinese rubber. Upgrade to 10
I use this rubber for defence (an Andro Temper Tech ALL +) - great control, great chopping ability, great spin on serves and great short game. The topspins are not as sharp as with the normal H3 but the control helps to take the point with placement.
Review based on 1 black sheet of rubber only.
First of all Andy Smith did an excellent review on H3 50. I agree with most of the points Andy made.
Not much point in reviewing this rubber in terms of spin, speed and control since it is very similar to H3N just softer a bit so aforementioned attributes should be very similar to H3N.
If you like a strong FH rubber like Neo then this will be step down from it. On the other hand lets say you are the user of hmmm Baracuda Donic you may be able to switch to something like H3 50. You may gain some control but lose off the table bounce which tensors give you. If you are trying to change from euro rubbers because they do not compliment your FH or you have difficulties hitting the table with good consistency then this may be a good crossing rubber for you.
On the other hand if you are a higher end player maybe give it a go on BH side, it will provide you with Ok bounce and solid spin.
Personally I don't see myself as loyal customer to DHS when it comes to H3 50 because I do not see where additional 10 bucks go comparing it with H3N but you as different player may feel different and realize something I could not. At the end of the day most of rubbers have similar performance we are judging by personal preference and feel.
Hope this helps felaz, have fun all the time and enjoy life.
For player who played with H3 Neo Commercial, Provintial or National problem with H3-50 is not speed or spin, the main problem is LOW throw angle. Topsheet and sponge are very good quality. Sponge has small pores and it's far away from best European (ESN) or Japanese (Butterfly) sponges. We must wait few years more.
This is the H3 topsheet on a Tinarc sponge, which makes it an interesting combination.
Comparing directly to a commercial H3N, H3-50:
Feels very similar in service and short game (so, excellent then).
Is slower on flat hits, loop drives.
Is a touch slower when brush looping.
Has more of a flexible, elastic feel when looping.
The last point is important - when looping, and the sponge is engaged, H3-50 gives good speed and higher arc. This gives you a better window to use when looping than traditional H3-type rubbers, and the elastic nature of the setup means it can work well away from the table (if you put the effort in).
If you have a game developed around the strengths of H3N (or similar), H3-50 might feel like a step back. It isn't as good for powerful play over the table - hard loop drive kill shots for example. But it does well in an allround playstyle, and feels a lot safer to me when in a loop-loop exchange.
H3-50 might make more sense when coming from a eurojap perspective. It's like a medium speed eurojap rubber with a tacky topsheet. If you switched from eurojap to H3-50, you lose speed (and maybe blocking ease-of-use), but you gain service and short game control and spin. And rather than going for the full-on H3N experience, you get an easier time when looping. It won't feel like such a big change.
I've been using this on my FH. The topsheet looked scuffed after just a few days of play. I never hit the table with it so it seems fragile.
I think it plays like some of the old school Japanese rubbers more than modern tensors or typical hard/dead sponge Chinese rubbers. It reminded me of the Juic 999 series I played in the 90s.
I think it's an OK sheet of rubber but I don't really get why DHS would introduce this rubber now. It doesn't put them in the spring sponge/tensor race and people that like their NEO line will find it all around a bit less capable offensively and people that like the older H2 and H3 sponge will just hate it for being bouncier in the short game and lacking a top gear in the power game.
I do like serving and flicks with it, but that's not where most of my points come from so ultimately not the answer for me.
The blades I tried are the Xiom Vega Pro and Nittaku Basaltec Outer which are both in the Off- to Off range. It might do better on an OFF+ to pick up the top gear, but I just don't think this is going to be the best option for anyone.