I've been playing with some plastic balls, and mostly with 3*** DHS 40+, but sometimes with 3*** Stiga 40+. My first DHS 40+ ball broke within 1 session of playing. It might have hit the edge of the blade, but then I have hit the edge of my blade many times with other balls, and they don't break immediately. So this may indicate its weak durability.
In terms of gameplay feel, I think it is acceptable. I am perhaps not at a high level to tell the exact difference between a Stiga 40+ and a DHS 40+, but for general matches, I am happy to use either. Just that with using DHS 40+, probably a good idea to bring a few extra for any unexpected accidents.
I bought balls from an Aliexpress vendor and DHS says they have improved the material they use. Fortunately I only bought 6 of them.
The weight was an average of 2.76 grams with small variance. This is identical to XSF and Butterfly G40+, a little more than Nittaku Premium 40+. This would meet the strict ITTF standards that come into effect this January. It is an improvement over previous DHS balls, which were always over 2.80 and would not be approved after January. The balls have a nice bright white color, a rough surface and they seem round.
Beyond that I have nothing good to say about these balls. The bounce height is still very low, in fact identical to a Joola 40+ ball from June of 2014 (which was made by Shanghai DHS factory). In play this is obvious. The balls stays low, dips a lot, doesn't come out which makes play at middle distance difficult, and there were occasional weirdly low bounces. In short, most of the things we have complained about regarding playability of Chinese seamed balls from the start are still a problem, even with the latest version of the balls from this company. Maybe these new ones will turn out to be more durable, but they still suck. And since they suck, I don't plan to use them, so I don't think I will be the one to figure out if they are durable.
I implore tournament directors, league officials and club managers, please don't use these crappy balls. Why impose terrible balls on players when there are at least three different types of decent balls available (seamless, Nittaku Premium, Butterfly G40+). If price is an issue, go with seamless.
I play with butterfly balls G40 at training.
So compared to them, DHS balls are too soft (to me), I don't like the feelings in any table.
Moreover, we can't induce a lot of spin on it.
First generation of plastic balls, long live the gen2 (and 3)!
I bought it because it's the most common and affordable, and I wanted to see how are we going to play in the future.
The Pros: Basically is the most affordable ball that I could find at the moment I purchased it. From the physical point of view the ball has a smoother texture that keeps it more clean, by this, I mean that less dust/sweat sticks to it, also the color is a brighter white that doesn't fade too much.
The Cons: Like many have stated it before the ball is slower, having said that, is better for my style of play since I haven't been able to adjust to the Pro rubbers that I've been using. The slower ball makes it easy to serve, trading spin for better placement on the other side of the table.
Of course the lack of spin and speed will upset the players that like to engage in fast rallies, also the ball is more fragile than the celluloid version, so if you're a heavy hitter you'll be cracking a few more often.
So far I found it easier to play than Stiga optimum 40+, but it doesn't compare to polyballs by Kingnik and XuShaoFa
I just hope in the future for a quality improvement, and a lower price.
Is one of the better plastic balls at the moment but still improvements to be made as it does break in half sometimes mid air, and is often quite wobbly as it is soft, will be interesting to see DHS bring out a better ball...hopefully soon!
Well, the only plus of these balls is their roundness. I didn't have any major roundness issues with them. And now comes the bad part. These balls are slow. It is more difficult to spin them. And they do break fast. I mean really fast. I broke 2 of them in my last match, even if I am a player that give priority to spin over power/speed. The only ones who liked these balls were the choppers. And let's not forget about the price of these balls. So, I will continue to play the old balls, but if I have to choose a plastic ball, I have no reason to choose DHS balls over the Xushaofa ones.