firetack 3 months ago
We`re all looking for extra grip/spin with the polyball and this one has it although the pace is a bit slow on my Defplay Senso,4 layers of Falco booster and it plays like a dream with more pace than my usual Tenergy 05 and equal if not better spin,I think this is a reasonably priced solution for me ...I didn`t put a speed spin control rating due to the booster where I would put my rating for that at 9.5,9.5,8
msilhanek on 2/2/2015
I had a test bat (carbon OFF blade) with red Donic Baracuda and black Xiom Vega Europe. Baracuda is not very fast but it is still an attack rubber. It generates more spin than Xiom, controll is pretty nice in both cases.
EDIT: I'm using Baracuda on my BH side atm. I usually choose a chinese tacky rubber on my FH and this combination works well. Good spin, speed, controll = good rubber.
EDIT2 (Jan 2015): After more than 2 years with Baracuda I feel like I need to update my review. Baracuda is excellent. It's among the best rubbers from the performance/price point of view. Not very fast but still powerful enough to play far from the table. The comfortable zone is close to the table anyway. The topsheet is tacky (not very tacky like traditional chinese rubbers but it can lift up a ball) and due to this the rubber is spin sensitive, especially against incoming top spin (higher throw angle doesn't help much, it makes it actually even worse). You need some time to handle this. On the other hand it means really great spin potential, especially if you brush the ball. I just miss little bit more catapult effect to call it an ultimate loopers choice. If you prefer spin a precision, go for it.
vfluz 1 weeks ago
My rubber is glued to a Barricade DEF blade and I use it on FH with OX Curl-P1r on Backhand. I actually play offensively, most of the time, at close/medium distance to the table, using the pips to disrupt the pace, or for chopping if needed. I've been playing table tennis for 3 years now and this is the second time I get to use a Baracuda. When I was a beginner I used it on a Waldner Allplay blade on the FH side, and even though I liked the rubber back then, I wasn't able to get the most out of it.
SPIN: This rubber has an awesome dwell time and produces a LOT of spin on all strokes.
SERVE: My biggest weapon on serves has always been deception rather then of spin. Baracuda allows me to produce a wide range of very spinny serves.
LOOPS: This rubber made me a looping machine. Mind you that it's a slow rubber glued to a DEF blade, so the Loops are not really fast, but VERY spinny and controlled. I've seen good players misjudge the amount of spin and block the loop way out of the table. My favorite stroke.
DRIVES: Even though this rubber is slow, driving the ball feels good and it's fast enough if you do it right. Not suited for long distance play though.
PUSH: Very easy to generate spin and pressure the opponent with good placed balls.
HIT/SMASH: Even with my DEF blade, it is fast.
CHOP: It's not hard to chop with this rubber. Even against heavy topspin.
Durability: I have been playing with the same rubber 8h a week for 1 year now. It's still very good. 10/10.
Bottom line: Tenergy 64 is still the best rubber out there for me, as I'm not quite a fan of the Tenergy 05. Baracuda is slower then Tenergy 64, but it generates a lot of spin. Control is awesome. For the price of this rubber, I would say give it a try. If it's too slow for your FH, you may still like it on the BH side. If you are a DEF to All+ player, then you can't go wrong with this one. Works well with poly balls. I'm using it on 2.0mm sponge.
qvoliszz 2 weeks ago
These days the game is changing, due to next season all league matches will be played with poly balls in my country, from amateur to pro. (Pro matches are played from 2014 with poly balls). Blades are getting stiffer stronger with more power, and rubbers are getting slower, softer and bit grippier. So I chose this rubber for my Donic World Champion 89 Waldner blade. Softer Big Slam for BH and normal for FH. The setup is amazing. Firstly I would like to point uut that I use the rubber unboosted, but probably will boost, when the rubber's preformance will decrease. The setup has a really nice ALL+/OFF- speed, with enormous control. Though the rubber is spin oriented, it functions very well in other strokes. The spin is the same as Tibhar MX-P, bit more than M2. Speed is slower, when playing, but the blade has that OFF power, when I smash. The rubber is very linear, my opponents say, that it is a bit easier to play against, than MX-P, because MX-P is more faster and rougher. But because of the control I can do counterspins to every loop, with decent speed. Spin sensitivity is very forgiving. My Blade is 92,4 gr, with rubbers it is under 180, which is considered a medium/light blade. No wonder why this rubber is so popular: good price, good quality, outstanding performance and controlled speed.
small_potato 8 months ago
Used this on fh after H3, and:
Smashes go faster;
Serves go spinnier;
Chops become easier;
Blocks (High tackiness here and needs time to get used to it) go faster
This is an excellent rubber for offensive and all-round players.