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Donic Baracuda

Donic Baracuda ping pong rubber
Approx. $ 46 USD
Price $

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Ratings  (rated 123 times)

There are 30 users using the Donic Baracuda.
From community:
Speed   8.8
Spin   9.5
Control   8.4
Tackiness   2.4 - Slightly tacky
Throw Angle   7.1 - High
Weight   5.5 - Medium-heavy
Sponge Hardness   4.7 - Medium
Gears   7.8 - Many gears
Durability   7.8 - Lasts longer than average
Consistency   8.9
Overall   9.3 10
From manufacturer:
Speed 91.0 / 100
Spin 98.0 / 100
Control 71.0 / 100
Tensor   No

Description of Donic Baracuda

The rubber with vicious spin.

The new FORMULA DONIC BARACUDA rubber with inbuilt speed glue effect produces fantastic spin. With DONIC BARACUDA the ball leaves the blade in a conspicuously higher arc, giving considerably more spin. The increased rotation of the ball stabilises the flight and increases speed. The results are convincing after a few hours of training to become used to this modern rubber. Accuracy of placement is visibly improved even for top players.

DONIC BARACUDA offers that extra margin of safety even in the tightest situation, and not only when engaged in a high risk top spin game. DONIC BARACUDA's top rubber surface has been newly constructed to minimise abrasion and damage to the edges. The happy result: more playing hours with a surface that remains intact without noticeable damage.

Reviews of the Donic Baracuda

Review Ryan said this on November 18, 2009:

I just bought this rubber and It puts off vicious Spin right as you hit the ball! I would recommend this rubber to a player with a very loopy swing! Definitely love it!
Review andr1 said this on November 28, 2009:

Awesome spin with a lot of control.
But the speed not as fast as Jo Platin
Review DeVoured said this on December 18, 2009:

Nice, very nice rubber. It really fixed the problem with previous tensor rubbers: spin
the topsheet is a high-quality product, it has a lot of grip. it felt just as spinny as a tenergy, however it is much easier to play. it is not as bouncy as a platin soft, which i liked a lot, but it still has some catapult effect. my loops and serves gained much more spin than with any other rubber. ESN and Donic really made a nice rubber there. try it
Review TY said this on January 8, 2010:

I recently got this rubber and paired it with an OFF blade. I can honestly say that I was surprised by the throw angle and spin (both were very high), but I was slightly disappointed with the lack of speed. This is strange considering that even with a max thickness on my fh, I felt like I still had to swing hard. Other than the speed, everything else is great. The spin is great on serves and loops, the throw angle, while it does take some adjustment, helps to hit short loops. Now, I feel that I have to mention that I had since played nittaku hammond x rubber, which had incredible speed and little control, but I think that the baracuda's control would rival that of any offensive rubber. It also has noticably more spin than my hammond x, possibly comparable to the legendary tenergy 05. Overall, a great rubber: despite its overrated speed, it has incredible spin, good control, and I am satisfied with my buy.
Review Anonymous said this on January 29, 2010:

This is a great rubber. Amazing spin, perhaps more than tenergy 05, and the control is pretty good. The only complaint I have is that it is a bit slower than something like tenergy 05. Other than that the lack of speed is better for control, so it might be good for players that need more control than tenergy.
Review riker71 said this on March 1, 2010:

I have played with it a few times, In Max on a Korbel. It is like a rocket for me, too fast. I agree it has great spin for serves and good power, great for cracking loops away from the table without having to put in too much effort like I usually have to with the Cryzer and Mark V. I have Sriver EL Max on the BH on the Korbel and they could not be more different, like night and day! When I switched sides after hitting with EL on the FH (which was predictable, nice and linear), I must have hit 3 or 4 straight off the table, the ball just flew off the Baracuda even when I angled the face downwards and hardly play a stroke - Very unusual. I probably would have been better with 1.8 or 2mm but even then I think the controil would not be good - I dont complain about that as I know the ratings before I try the rubber. I prefer the classic rubbers (Mark V, EL)for now and Butterfly High Tension lineup. I have sold it to a mate who likes Donic Tensors. The sponge was very soft, probably around 30 degrees. I would say for anyone who likes Donic Tensors already and looking for a fast very spinny rubber and for power looping away from the table, you would like it.
Review Anonymous said this on March 19, 2010:

Really fast rubber when you smash!
When I first use it, it gives a funny feeling that I don't have to use my wrist much to topspin. Whenever
I try to use it, the ball gone out of sight! For a fast game, it's not an ideal choice.
Review slamdally said this on August 19, 2010:

Pros: loads of spin not as much as T05 but PLENTY. Speed is great and very good control. easy to lift underspin ball give confidence in all shots I have it on BH side of bty viscaria.
Cons: expensive but most new rubbers are cant complain great rubber.
has any one seen on youtube that the sponge is the same as andro hexer
Review warutebae said this on August 20, 2010:

very good and easy to spin
but the rubber is so soft ,it need special care.
Review Anonymous said this on October 10, 2010:

amazing rubber. high throw, great speed, great spin. less sound than other glue effect rubbers, but get used to it. those days are gone. u will never find a rubber that has the glue sound and lasts a long time. gives u more for ur money than tenergy. just dont get max thickness because thats kinda slow and has low throw. get 2mm. that still has really high throw. u may have to glue it once and then reglue for the rubber to work properly
Review fdag said this on November 9, 2010:

how do you think is good?
what do you think
Review ivansb said this on November 24, 2010:

spin is great but driving is problem
Review Anonymous said this on December 28, 2010:

I love the control, the spin and the feel, problem, top sheet is a bit soft, I played with it for 2 months and the sides are already tearing apart and the same with the middle part. Other than that, I LOVE IT! the only rubber that I can change it in to is Tenergy 05.
Review David said this on January 15, 2011:

Great forehand rubber. Spinny and easy to control. Enough speed. Throw angle is lower than Tenergy 05. If you are looking for a less expensive tensor, barracuda is worth checking out!
Review Anonymous said this on January 15, 2011:

gets a lot of loop spin. good rubber if tenergy doesnt have enough control for you or if it is priced too high. idk who would buy butterfly anymore. good for blocking also. however, what ever you do, do not get max thickness bc/ the throw angle on that is very low and it is not very lively. 2.0 is much better
Review MindTrip said this on January 17, 2011:

As others have stated, this rubber produces very heavy topspin comparable to Tenergy05. Somethings that separate Baracuda from Ten are control, weight and price. Baracuda is not as sensitive to incoming spin as Ten05 is. Knowing this, playing close to the net is much easier. Flips are a cinch and blocks are simple to control also. Baracuda is noticeably lighter and costs a mere $25 less per sheet than the Ten line of products. It seems that I have much more to gain than to lose by using Baracuda over Tenergy.
Review palubo said this on June 11, 2011:

Excelent rubber! It's cheap, very spinny and very controllabe. It's not as fast as some others rubbers I already played with, like BTY Bryce, but still fast. I currently use it in backhand. You won't regret purchasing it!
Review karan said this on July 9, 2011:

I recently bought thz rubber.......n I was surprised by the spin it produced.....

I had coppa jo gold on forehand n sonex jp gold on bkhnd.....i shftd jo gold to bkhnd n bracuda on my forhnd......

Its speed is ok nt vry good .. Bt it certainly had that spin whch evry player needs. ..
In the matches we need to spin the ball for easy opening
Review jojo said this on July 13, 2011:

I like the sound.......speed more than tenergy 05 and spin equal tenergy 05
Value for money rubber
Review slashattack said this on August 25, 2011:

Not amazingly fast, but bites the ball HARD. Very strong topspin produced from this rubber. Great control
Review malik said this on September 30, 2011:

top banget gitu loh/sesuatu banget
Review Anonymous said this on October 11, 2011:

It is a very good rubber. I use it for two years now. I like it on FH. Very good spin, good control and enough speed. The big problem that I found is the consistency. I had 5 pieces so far, but two of them was a low quality. At the begining had less spin than normal, and after 4-5 weeks, they get a big spot in the middle, and the spin is even lower.
Except this thing, is the best rubber for my FH
Review rollo said this on November 24, 2011:

Put this rubber on a Thibar H-1-9 - get uset to the setup - and after a while you are a winner ... wont take long.
I used 2,0 on both sides and it is amacing what you can do.....
great spin,speed (the blade will give an extra speedgear),
this rubber is the best if you want a lot of effekt in your services. It can make a spinny ball look as if theres no spin in it when you serve... your opponent willlll beeee full of respect.
place the ball where you pleace with wery little effort . it is just an amacing rubber.....
Review Anonymous said this on March 3, 2012:

This rubber is just perfect.
I recommend this rubber for High-Spinners and loopers. It has a warm mute very enjoyable feeling when playing with it.

Throw: It has a VERY HIGH THROW... Its really too high, like Tenergies, maybe even more.

The sponge: felt very soft, but its not annoyingly soft that you can feel the blade, that dead feeling. No, its very nice...
It gives an amazing sound, its almost mute... Exactly like Tenergies.
It has a nice catapult if you hit hard enough to let the ball penetrate the sponge.
Dwelling time is long, really long... And for that its a very forgiving rubber.

The speed, I would say its fast, but not as fast as Tenergies, but bouncy enough. The trick here is: If you combine this with a hard-stiff blade, the speed is like Tenergy :D. My teammates told me that its too fast (We are in League B) but I can control it easily.

The Spin: I swear there is non, and dont think there will be any other rubber that can compete with Baracuda's vicious spin. IMHO its much much much spinnier than Tenergies. My teammates couldnt get more than two out of ten of my loops and top side spins (My style).
The top sheeth is really elastic, and I could feel it the first time I tried Baracuda, which just adds to its magic. If you know how to use the sponge PLUS the top-sheet's spin feature for serves and serve returns you are unstopable trouble to your apponents.
But be aware, if you try to return a very spinny serve without using the sponge, the ball flies off the table. I am telling you, the surface is spin-elastic. Solution for this is to somehow push-slap the served ball, and witness the magic :D

Its has many gears, you can chop, block... Anything you want, and dont worry you have enough dwell time to correct any mistake you do.

Durability: I still dont know... But I red its durabil.

Consistancy: Its always the same, always awesome.

For my coach: He said the rubber is very good only it lacks a bit of speed.
For me: It has everything, its exactly like Tenergy (Even the colour of the sponge and its structure is suspiciously the same) only with alot alot alot of control. I kicked asses that I usually suffered with.

I recommend Baracuda with maximum thickness (And by the way maximum thickness of Baracuda is the same, exactly the same thickness as T05 :D) to give maximum effect and speed.

So if you want to replace Tenergy... Get a baracuda.
Its cheaper and actually the same (Made in the same factory... ESN)!

Hope that is helpfull.
Review Anonymous said this on March 15, 2012:

Decent speed, excellent spin and surprisingly easy to control. Serves are spinny and looping with the rubber is a breeze.
Review taiwan101 said this on March 16, 2012:

Excellent rubber! I used this (Red max) for rpb on the back of an OC CR. Despite the high throw, my rpb loops were easy to land and had loads of top and side spin. I'll probably officially switch to this for rpb soon. You just have to make sure that you do a proper rpb stroke (following through, and going forward instead of upwards) otherwise the ball will fly off the table. There is plenty of speed even when I'm not looping aggressively. Pushing with rpb with Baracuda was a bit harder for me because I'm used to tacky rubbers for rpb. Blocks are good, nothing special to right about so far. Haven't tried chopping with it yet. I would recommend this for rpb only to those players who have developed their rpb stroke, it might be hard for beginning cpen players to use.
Review Edo AP said this on April 1, 2012:

I use a lot of rubber before,
from sriver fx, hurricane 3 neo prov, tinarc 3, ktl black power 3rd gen, and now baracuda..
and i can really say that hurricane 3 neo prov and baracuda is the best i've tried,

The Spin from baracuda is not as strong as hurricane 3 neo but the speed it produce is very nice,

i've a little problem here, i cannot lift heavy underspin well, maybe because of my technique is adjust to hurricane 3 neo..

but realy loop to loop game is awsome..

my blade is donic waldner senso carbon.. now with this rubber on forehand and acuda s2 at backhand i feel pretty nice and fit..
Review smilingsipp said this on April 8, 2012:

Perfect spin rubber in 1,8 mm on a fast blade with great control. I love it.
Review Anonymous said this on May 19, 2012:

This rubber has a very high throw angle. The spin is just amazing! The sponge looks very nice. I use it in my forehand.
Review t_murder said this on July 31, 2012:

Takes a few practices to get used to the high throw, but my service improved instantly and my opponents have trouble blocking my loops on the table. I'm a huge fan of this rubber. I thought all this new technology might have been a gimmick, but boy was I wrong.
Review Legocityshow said this on October 15, 2012:

FH: DONIC Baracuda (max)

Speed/power:
The rubber produces a very solid and yet controllable speed. It may be not as fast as other rubbers, but it sure is fast enough to pass an attack. The feel of the rubber gives you somewhat a feeling of achievement every time you attack.

Spin:
From the first few loops with this rubber, I was able to produce a plenty amount of spin. It has a very good feel which makes you play better. Especially playing loops.

Control:
This is the best rubber that I know that is very powerful, yet easy to control. When you use this rubber, you would be able to feel every shot you are trying to do.

Service:
Due to its outstanding countrol, I am able to easily manipulate my serves.
and not only that, it also helps the ball stay in the rubber for a longer period of time, which makes it even more spinny.

FH topspin stroke:
I liked the arc of the ball, especially playing counter topspin rallies. It just makes you feel like you couldn't believe that you've made that shot. Just simply beautiful.

Push and chops/ service receive:
I must admit that I have some difficulties in my short game with this rubber, but it could also be possible that I am not good at short games, but I am satisfied for at-least helping me to return most of my partner's serves.

Overall:
I instantly fell in love with this rubber the first time I used it. The sound, the feel, the arc, and most of all, the spin is just so magnificent, it makes me want to play table tennis even more. Therefore, I conclude that this rubber is by far one of the most powerful rubbers, yet very easy to control.
Review Loop_in_key_of_Bb said this on November 21, 2012:

It's fast but noticeably slower than other high-end rubbers, and this is one of the reasons I love it so much. You can put a big stroke on the ball with *complete* confidence. With good contact the spin you'll generate is absurd. The topsheet is super taut and the sponge feels medium hardness to me. The ball likes to take a nice long snooze on the rubber, allowing you to really load up the pushes and service. The short game is magnificent. Blocks are solid and certain. Of course this rubber was really made with the looper in mind, and it shines in this respect. You can use the sponge for a harder power loop, or just the topsheet for fine brush loop, both are filthy with topspin. Higher throw angle than anything I've encountered and takes a little adjustment. Looping backspin is ridiculously easy. Overall I definitely recommend this to any looper, especially if you've been missing too many shots long and want more control. I can't say enough how balanced this rubber is and will definitely buy it again. Only downside is the price. Currently using on BH on BTY Petr Korbel blade.
Review AndySmith said this on December 14, 2012:

Excellent rubber, one of the best of Donic's line-up. Fantastic spin from the grippy topsheet, not overly fast but still has a little bit of bounciness in the short game. Loops like a champ, and is a good rival to T05. Cheaper than T05, spins almost as well when looping, but durability isn't quite as good. Throw is HIGH, so be prepared for that.
Review sebas_aguirre said this on January 6, 2013:

I posted a review on this rubber here:

http://tabletennisonline.org/inverted-rubbers/donic-baracuda-review/
Review msilhanek said this on January 24, 2013:

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.
Review BlackQueen said this on March 14, 2013:

Really good forehand rubber, Amaising spin high arc, good speed. Max thickness has more top gears and will generate astonishing spin with high arch, 2.0mm feals more controllable and a bit harder. Used it on Galaxy T-8 blade, very good match.
Review Gani_Agung said this on April 9, 2013:

I already tried Tenergy 05, Xiom Omega 4 Pro , Acuda S2, Acuda S3. I think Baracuda has more spin than others, its very easy to have top spin
and below My ranking in spin, Speed & Control :
Spin
1 Baracuda
2 Omega 4 Pro
3 Acuda S2
4 Tenergy 05
5 Acuda S3
Speed
1 Tenergy 05
2 Acuda S2
3 Acuda S3
4 Baracuda
5 Omega 4 Pro
Control
1 Acuda S3
2 Tenergy 05
3 Acuda S2
4 Baracuda
5 Omega 4 Pro
Review Firdaus said this on April 18, 2013:

Its perfect rubber for me. This rubber is so spiny, it makes many troubles for opponent,, I was surprised. I recently switched from Acuda S2 to Baracuda and I have absolutely no regrets at all. I think If you play more spin than speed ,better use this rubber... but the speed is lower than Tenergy 05..
Review vir said this on April 19, 2013:

Great rubber with amazing spin and good speed.
Review ShogunRK said this on April 27, 2013:

Muy buena goma y no es cara. No tiene los tensores, pero es de una linda consistencia y efecto que no los necesita. Con u madero rapido (OFF o OFF+) y se compensa la falta de tensores. La tengo de drive en una madero rapido con carbon. Puedo meter tops con muchisimo efecto, levantar cortes, puedo topaer y contra topaer muy ofensivo y con bastante velocidad. Y tambien se puede rematar con un buen golpe plano con buena fuerza y la pelota no la para nadie. Me gusta mucho, incluso a veces en bolas cortas tuve que levantar, pasar o meter un poco de corte y la goma responde muy bien. Ya juego hace casi un a±o y no perdio casi sus caracteristicas (solo la golpee un poco de los costados, pero el centro esta muy bien aun).
Review LakiSultan said this on August 9, 2013:

Best buy for the money, perfect spin,great durability, but i made same mistake like with rakza soft i buy this rubber in 1.8 i think this rubber will be best in max.
Review EricTian said this on August 26, 2013:

I have used this rubber on my FH ever since I was a beginner, and now, six years later, I am still using this rubber as a junior state representative.

As most reviewers have pointed out, the Donic Baracuda has incredible spin. I've personally been through about 4 sheets of Tenergy, all varying in sponge thicknesses, but the spin of the sheet always surprises myself and opponents.

This rubber has a very high throw, which makes looping spinny backspin balls a breeze. The arc is tremendous! Quite cheap for it's quality too. Speed is good too and control is good.

Some negatives I've personally found is that it tends to bubble a bit, and the durability isn't incredibly high. Would need to replace this rubber once every six months I'm guessing.

Try this rubber, go!
Review sto4i07 said this on September 4, 2013:

Fantastic rubber
Review alexuganski said this on September 25, 2013:

Vicious spin generated with no effort, but it can be tricky in handling the short game for me. I like high spin rubbers though, and this is one for sure.
Review geeza_1 said this on October 9, 2013:

This is one of the better rubbers out there for the price. I tried it in both 1.8mm and 2.0mm, but not max. It is definitely a looper's rubber, but is also pretty good in blocking, chopping and pushing.

However, I found the throw angle a little too high and the sponge a bit too hard for my all-round game. I think the ratings are a little off on this rubber. I would say speed is around 9.2 and spin 9.1.

If you are looking for a good all-round rubber that does everything fairly well at a reasonable price, give it a try. I have since moved on.
Review JohnDose said this on October 29, 2013:

Disclaimer, I'm USATT 1530 so I'm not claiming that I know everything, and I'm not saying that I'm the perfect specimen for grading this rubber, I just wanted to share my experience with this rubber for those who are at or around my level of play.

After about 3, 4hr sessions. 2.0 thickness on FH and BH.

PROS:
Close to the table loops were amazing. Super spinny of course. It was probably the best brush loop rubber I've tried. My opponents had a rough time with this.

Drives were average. Nothing too special.

Mid distance looping was not bad, didn't notice a whole lot of difference here.

Lifting backspin/underspin was quite easy. Came very natural.

Banana flicks were actually quite solid on this rubber as well.

CONS:
My short game suffered quite a bit. I had a lot of trouble returning my opponents Heavy backspin or ghost serves. Pushing was a problem, I was hitting the net way more often than I ever did before. It just felt like I was affected by the backspin/underspin than I had experienced before.

I disliked it for blocks as well, spinny and non spinny. When I got a flat, or no spin ball on a block it almost had no force or speed coming back on the table and many times into the net. This is where the gears came in. I felt in order to block that kind of shot successfully I had to put more effort into the shot than I ever had before with other rubber.

While I loved how much spin it generated, I hated how easily affected by spin the rubber was. I had a much harder time playing someone who played a heavy topspin game. In order to block successfully you almost have to fold your wrist entirely over the table and close it so that it's almost face down.

It's heavy, rather, heavier than most other rubber than I've played with. On my JO Waldner Senso Carbon blade, it felt top heavy (because of the senso handle), almost like it was going to slip out of my hand sometimes. I really disliked that as well.

I'm not saying this was a bad rubber, but clearly it wasn't for me. I really wanted to like this rubber, and thought I would get used to it after a few sessions, but I guess not. I'll for sure go back to my old favorite, Desto F3 Big Slam.
Review farzad said this on November 1, 2013:

with a off carbon blade like persson carbon senso v1 or bfy sardius or bfy zlc it is excellent for FH.I coudnt use it on BH.as all said it has high spin even more than T05.speed is enough.dont forget more speed=lack of control.
Review bajer81 said this on November 22, 2013:

I've put Baracuda on Innerforce ALC in 2.0 version (FH) and it was very nice set up topspin to topspin play is just a pure plesure high arch is a looper dream came true from first hit.

Update: I practice with it for a week not and every shot is a pure pleasure my technique got better sthaight away i got more time to hit 2nd 3rd 4th ball and put it where you want it. spin is just out of this world when you hit correctly

Update: I bought first sheet end of September untill now 22/11 is nearly two month of hitting at lest 2- 3 times a week I notice in last two weeks that for some reason lifting underspin become an effort also decrease in power is noticable ( more balls find the net instead green from 2nd zone) Red surface looking better than on T64 after 2 months of hitting with T64 there was sweet spot on red surface.

Eventually every rubber got its playing time and FH rubbers are more abused due to obvious reasons. I think its a good value for money. Will get another sheet for sure and already thinking about replacing my T25 FX on BH with Donic rubber
Review Ronyjoy said this on February 15, 2014:

I have been using this rubber for 2 months, there are few good things about this rubber, Because of the high throw angle some shots are landing well in the table. But my pushes are in trouble now because of the throw angle. Most of the time the loops are not consistent. Away from the table lobs are good.
Review michalis said this on March 23, 2014:

Fantastic rubber, perfect spin and great control.
Review Blocker99 said this on March 27, 2014:

The donic baracuda is a very good allround rubber with very good speed, enough speed and good control. I reccomend to play a off- blade minimum, because on all+ blades it gets (for me) tpp slow.
Review danlaabraten said this on May 21, 2014:

Among the best! Speed is just right. Control awesome. Spin brutal. A must try.
Review huoenter said this on August 30, 2014:

Unbelievable fault tolerance! When you hit or brush the ball, the rubber seems to dwell very well and wrap the ball around. It makes a unique sound and crazy amount of spin.
Review BMX2 said this on September 19, 2014:

I started playing 30 days ago.This was after a gap of 15 years.I was in my college TT team.

I have never been a good looper....I bought Baracuda....and magic I am a deadly looper now.Awesome spin,awesome loop....give so much please to loop with this.Opponent at my club flummoxed with my new skills.

I am very happy with my serves,chops are great too,control is the best I have ever had.Take my game to a new level so easily.I play 2 hr daily for last 30 odd days.
Review BOShea said this on October 9, 2014:

Recently put matching rubber on my hunter black widow.
Play is very nice and responsive. Super spinny. Rubber quickly allows you to compensate spins in returns or to add to topspin loops. Really enjoy and will be buying often. Maybe just changing my sponge thickness down to 2.2/2.1. Other than that great rubber for aggressive players.


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