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        Posted 08-17-2016
        4.00 Good, but different
        • GENERATING SPIN
        • Flip kill
        • Solid feel

        • Slow
        • Passive blocking
        • Getting dirty
        A short intro

        The DHS Hurricane 3 Neo is the most popular chinese/tacky rubber on the market. It has always been a big temptation to try this rubber, and, finally, I decided to give it a try. Please note that I DID NOT BOOST this rubber and it was glued with water based glue. I am currently using it on the forehand side of my Butterfly Timo Boll Forte blade along with Donic Acuda S2 - MAX thickness on the backhand side. I have been using it since Jan-Feb this year playing around 10 hours a week.

        First impressions

        Out of the package the rubber comes with a protective film on the topsheet and a similar thing on the sponge, since the sponge already has glue on it. After glueing the rubber to the blade and removing the protective film, it reveals its strong tackiness being able to pick up a ball without any issues. The sponge won't even remind you the one of the Euro/Jap rubbers - it's a lot harder and with minuscule pores. Another interesting thing that I noticed is that the uncut rubber was definitely smaller than an uncut sheet of Acuda rubber.

        Gameplay - Speed

        As the Hurricane 3 Neo is a chinese rubber I was expecting a catastrophic lack of speed that would require me to improve the power of my shots. But the first week playing with this rubber was quite strange. The first impression about speed was "OK, it's just a little bit slower than a euro rubber, so nothing serious" and I was certainly surprised by that, also it didn't feel as hard as I expected it to be. In the first week, it felt like an almost ideal rubber. After the first week, the sponge started to become harder, the speed started to decrease considerably, and , finally, I began to feel that lack of power I was expecting. I think the process of slowing and hardening didn't last more than a week. After two strange weeks, the rubber didn't have any major changes and has been very consistent since then. The above mentioned lack of power took quite some time to adjust to, because the speed gap between the Acuda S1 Turbo I had used before and the H3N is pretty evident, and the further away you go from the table, the more evident it becomes. Before I gained more power in my shots, the speed of this rubber was enough only when looping close to the table. To be honest, I didn't quite have a normal counterlooping away from the table in the first month. If you have enough power to handle this rubber away from the table, it becomes a deadly weapon, since it's absolutely fantastic close to the table.

        Spin

        Definitely the biggest plus of the H3N. The tackiness allows you to get massive amounts of spin if you get a good brushing contact. I think no european rubber is able to generate such an amount of spin as the H3N does. It certainly helps a lot in the opening topspin against backspin. You also have the possibility to get more spin on the serves and pushes/chops because of that.

        Control?

        Usually people refer to a rubber's control to be either good or bad or anything else. I think it's not quite correct to do so and the H3N convinced me that on different shots rubbers may feel either safer or uncomfortable - and that's not the case of H3N alone, but let's get closer to the subject. When does the H3N feel uncomfortable and when it feels safer? The answer is in rubber's tackiness - on the one hand, it makes the rubber more vulnerable to incoming spin, which means passive blocking should be, formally, a weak point of this rubber. However, I found there is only need for a bit of adjustment, because the rubber may be tacky and you need to be able to read spin, but actually it is just a little bit worse at passive blocking. At the same time I found the hardness and the lack of springiness of the H3N being a huge plus, because the rubber has a very solid feel which I like very much. Yes, in passive blocking and serve receive - where you also have to deal with opponent's spin, there may be question marks, but in the other departments - short game, looping, flipping, pushing/chopping, counterhitting, serving I feel this rubber is absolutely safe.

        What kind of shots does this rubber suit?

        As I wrote above the rubber may be not so efficient(vs. Euro/Jap rubbers) when dealing with your opponent's spin passively. So, passive block and passive serve receive are the shots where the Euro rubbers have got the edge. Looping away from the table may be an issue if you aren't able to get enough power to come from your hand. But what you get instead is more spin(really more spin) and control on your loops and serves, a better short game. This rubber lifts backspin easier than any euro rubber can. Also, it's way easier to kill opponent's slow spinny loops. The forehand flip kills are the shots that surprised me the most and which have become one of my most dangerous weapons since switching to H3N.

        Durability

        I have noticed recently that near the edge of my racket, some pips started separating from the sponge. I've talked to a chinese friend and he said that this is uncommon for Hurricanes and has to be the result of my actions. Also it seems that a small bubble is starting to form. So, durability seems a little bit questionable for now, but taking into consideration that this rubber costs only 20$ that shouldn't be that big of an issue. I have another sheet of this rubber so I'll see what happens to it when I'm done with this one.

        What else to take into consideration about Hurricane 3 Neo?

        1. This rubber is best if you play active strokes. It will help you only if you are 100% on each shot.
        2. It's a slow rubber so it will require you effort to play it and athletic ability.
        3. It's a tacky rubber, so it's attracting dust and dirt very fast. I am cleaning it quite often with my breath or sweat and so far, so good, after more than half a year of use, it's still tacky and grabs the ball very well.

        Conclusion

        The DHS Hurricane 3 Neo is definitely a rubber that won't suit everyone. It's slow speed and the fact that it's a little more reactive to spin may be an issue for some, as it requires to be active and athletic at the table and having enough power away from the table. But it also can deliver an enormous amount of spin when having the right brushing contact and very good control on active strokes. It has a hard solid feel which no Euro rubber can deliver and which I liked very much. This tacky rubber also requires to be cleaned regularly as it attracts dust and dirt pretty quickly. For me, durability is a little bit questionable, but I won't jump to make conclusions that this is not a durable rubber, as it's only the first H3N I've got. The price of this rubber is absolutely fantastic compared to Euro rubbers and allows you to get 2-4 Hurricanes for the price of an Euro rubber. I would reccomend this rubber to the attack-minded player which stay close to the table most of the time and wouldn't mind being required some effort in order to use the H3N to its full potential. As for now, I am not planning to switch to another rubber on my forehand side and I want to keep playing it as it really makes me work at the table and I like it.

        *EDIT 2 November 2016*

        So after almost a year playing with Hurricane 3 Neo and switching to another sheet there are some more points I would like to add to my review :
        1. Quality control is far from ideal, the second sheet is significantly less tacky than the first.
        2. After about 7 months of use, a bubble appeared on the sheet near the sweet spot area, and that was the reason for the change.
        3. The rubber is quite sensitive to humid climate, because the ball starts slipping on the topsheet and you fail to generate a decent amount of spin.


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        Posted 02-27-2016
        5.00 Best plastic ball
        • Fast
        • Spinny
        • Good sound

        • Expensive
        • Hitting Edges
        The Nittaku Premium 40+ is a huge improvement over the previous XSF and DHS balls. This ball feels heavier and more solid compared to to the previously mentioned ones. The speed and spin is also superior. Haven't had any roundness issues until now. It also doesn't have the bothering sound of the XSF balls. The only minus is that NP40+ is more expensive than the XSF and the DHS ones.

        Edit 7/2016 : These balls are very consistent and have a predictable bounce. They can last even longer than cell balls if you don't hit many edges. If you hit the ball with the edge quite often, it can break very-very fast, this being the biggest vulnerability of all plastic balls. Even if the XSF balls seem more durable, the NP are definitely more pleasing to play with.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 10-25-2015
        4.00 A great bang for the buck, but not ideal
        • Speed
        • Control
        • Not too hard

        • Vibration
        • Not the biggest
        • sweet spot
        I bought this blade because of curiosity and also because I feel that in some shots my Timo Boll Forte lacks some hardness, especially after switching to the poly ball. I have played with it for ~2 months with some older Acuda S1 on FH and S2 on BH. My blade weighs 92g.

        Speed

        I noticed from the first shot that the PG-7 will deliver me a good amount of speed, which helps a lot in away from the table play and finishing shots, it's a strong OFF, if not a OFF+.

        Control

        I expected this blade to be quite uncontrolable, considering its speed and price, but I was pleasantly surprised. This blade has a very good amount of control, though not as controlable as my TBF.

        Hardness

        Harder than my TBF, but not a rock, allowing to have good spin on loops while keeping them aggresive.

        Handle

        At the first sight, the handle seems small, but this type of handle allows you to have a firm grip with your fingers on the rubbers, so this is not the story with the small handle on the Timo Boll Forte.

        Durability

        Until now no durability issues. I don't use edge tape on this blade, and the rubbers don't cover the full head of the blade. It only has a small bump because I have hit the edge of the table while serving. And also, this is a 23$ blade, so you may not be afraid to play, even if it breaks, you can easily get a new one, but I really doubt this blade will break fast.

        Sweet spot

        This is an all-wood blade, so it has a smaller sweet spot than a carbon blade. Your timing has to be better than with a carbon blade if you want your shots to be well placed.

        Vibration

        This is, in my opinion, the biggest minus of this blade. Yes, it has good speed, good control, nice dwell time, but it lacks a more solid feel. This vibration isn't helping you, it is irritating and kinda gives you a false feedback of what's happening while the ball is on the racket. And my blade is 92g, which is heavier than the average weight, so, theoretically, it should feel more solid than a lighter PG-7.

        Strategy


        The DHS Power G-7 is a blade that will suit a forehand-oriented aggresive player. This blade is pretty heavy has a large head, which makes it feel even heavier. Because of this backhand flicks become more difficult to make, and you don't have too much freedom of movement with the backhand.

        Conclusion

        The DHS Power G-7 is a cheap blade (~25$) that is able to replace a more expensive one. It stands in the range of OFF/OFF+, being able to deliver a good amount of power when needed, while having good control and dwell time. It will work better for forehand-oriented players that like to play mid-distance or away from the table. Because of large head size + the weight, the racket feels a little head-heavy, and the backhand flicks are harder to execute. Biggest minus of this blade is the lack of a solid feel, the blade having a quite strong vibration. It also doesn't have the sweet spot of composite blades.
        3 people liked this review
        Posted 07-30-2015
        4.00 Good blade for hitter
        • Cheap
        • Very nice handle
        • Speed

        • Rock hard
        • Sound
        • Control
        The T-2 is my first blade. The first rubbers to be on that blade were the Globe 999 on both sides. After I have put some older Acuda S1/S2 on it.

        Speed

        The T-2 is a very fast blade, not as fast as T-11+, but still a very fast blade. It'll reveal it's speed with some fast rubbers that will also make the racket heavier, because the blade itself is very light.

        Control

        This blade has little control, it is quite hard to make some fine precise shots.

        Hardness

        Hardest blade I have ever played. It is rock hard, has almost zero dwell time and gives a low arc. Definitely not for a looper. I don't recommend to put on it chinese hard tacky rubbers, like Globe 999, because it will have a completely dead feel, and the racket won't be good for anything - it will become slower, with even less dwell time, unefficient for blocks/hits/smashes, and it will require a massive effort to make a good loop.

        Sound

        This blade has a very funny and unpleasant loud sound, it sounds somehow like hollow.

        Handle

        A large, comfortable handle, after measurements, it seems identical to OSP flared handle and Stiga Legend handle.

        Durability

        After some hits in the table, there are some bumps on it, so it's definitely not a Panzer.

        Strategy

        This blade definitely isn't for loopers nor defenders or allrounders. It is for a hard hitter/smasher that likes to play close to the table without too much spin.

        Conclusion

        The Yinhe/Galaxy T-2 is a cheap(less than 25$) and light fast blade that is good for hits/smashes/blocks. It lacks control, and it is very-very hard. It gives an unpleasant sound, but you will get used to it. A big plus of this blade is its large and comfortable handle.
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        Posted 07-27-2015
        2.00 Didn't like them at all
        • Roundness

        • A lot
        • of
        • cons
        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.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 07-27-2015
        4.00 Best 40+ ball until now
        • Durability
        • Speed

        • Roundness issues
        • Still worse than
        • old balls
        The XSF 3-star ball is, for me, the best plastic ball until now. It is faster and way more durable than the DHS 3-star 40+ ball, but sometimes XSF balls are not round. They come as a significant improvement over the DHS 40+ balls, but still are worse and more expensive than the old 40mm balls.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 04-20-2015
        5.00 Great affordable rubber
        • Affordable
        • Good spin
        • Good speed

        Faster than Acuda S2, slower than Acuda S1 Turbo, with slightly less spin than the first two. Not as good as S1T for mid-distance or away form the table play, but better for 3rd ball attack. Also it is slightly lighter. Its durability is pretty impressive.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 04-17-2015
        5.00 Nice soft rubber
        • Spinny
        • Controlable

        A nice spinny rubber, a bit slower than Acuda S1. Good for backhand and close to the table play. Not as good for away from the table play, because it is quite soft and gives a low arc.
        0 people liked this review
        Posted 04-17-2015
        5.00 Very good rubber
        • Spinny
        • Affordable
        • Fast enough

        A great rubber from Donic. I use it with Timo Boll Forte blade in max thickness, and it is great. It has a decent amount of control, and good spin. It is easy to begin the attack, amazing for looping. I won't say it is better or worse than Tenergy, because they are different rubbers, which feel very different. Acuda S1T is better in the short game, but it doesn't give the arc of the Tenergy. Also you can buy 2 sheets of Acuda at the price of a Tenergy.
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        Posted 02-23-2015
        4.00 Good for loopers
        • Good dwell time
        • Control
        • Price

        • Small handle
        • Blocking
        • May lack a little speed for some
        Please note that I will review an older version of the Butterfly Timo Boll Forte. Newer versions may differ slightly for the older ones, at least they seem to have better handles.

        The Butterfly Timo Boll Forte is my main blade for about a year. I've been using it with Donic Acuda S1/S1 Turbo on FH and Donic Acuda S2 on BH.

        Speed

        The TBF is not the fastest blade in the world. In my opinion, it is on the slower side of OFF, faster than Donic Waldner Senso Carbon and Butterfly Petr Korbel, staying right between them.

        Control

        Control is a big plus of this blade. The TBF has very good control on loops and in the short game, but due to its relative softness blocks and flat hits are a little bit harder. It is more controlable than the Korbel, and a tiny bit less controlable than the WSC.

        Hardness

        Definitely not a hard blade. It has very good dwell time, which helps to apply tons of spin to the ball. A looper's dream.

        Handle

        Being a man with a pretty large palm, I do pay attention more than many others to the size of the handle. And this is what this blade lacks - a big and comfotable handle. By measuring it at the bottom, you wouldn't say so - it's approx. 34x24mm, so almost identical to the handle of the Galaxy/Yinhe T-2 or Stiga Legend handle. But taking the racket in the hand is a different story. You begin to feel how thin the handle really is.

        Durability

        The TBF is a durable blade. Mine isn't the last nor the penultimate version of TBF, and it doesn't have any major bumps. Some people were having issues because while taking off the rubbers, there were small chips separating off the blade, but these were blades that were not sealed.

        Strategy

        This blade is definitely for a looper. It won't work for a blocker/flat hitter as good as for a looper. Some people that lack power may have little problems playing away from the table, because TBF isn't a rocket, but, for me, it works very good.

        Conclusion

        The Butterfly Timo Boll Forte is an affordable(~40 euros - 45$) blade that is definitely worth more. Its speed is right between the Donic Waldner Senso Carbon and the Butterfly Petr Korbel, and has an impressive amount of control. Its good dwell time makes the blade ideal for a looper, but not so good for a blocker/flat hitter. Sealing is very recommended for preventing future issues. Biggest minus of this blade is the small handle.

        Below are some pictures of my blade with Donic Acuda S1 Turbo/S2 rubbers glued on it :






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