Name: Acuda S2
Sponge thicknesses: 1.8 / 2.0 / max
Degree of hardness: 42.5 degrees (medium)
According to manufacturer Donic
About the Donic Acuda series
Review & Experience of the Editorial Staff
RITC 729 Friendship C-2 (All+)
On a scale of 1-100, the criteria spin, speed, half-distance, counter-topspin, impact/return, control, block behavior, flight curve flat over the net, shot and durability are summarized.
All surcharges are possible with good spin and control values. The setbacks here are much stronger, because you can return the impacts of the opponent dangerously without any problems.
The durability of this covering is below average. Already after the first hours of use, traces of wear have been created at the edge of the covering.
The speed of the Acuda is at a similar level as the spin, which ensures balanced topspins with a lot of cut and a lot of speed. The simple speed increase on the opponent allows you to exert high pressure without any problems.
The shot is very similar to the counter-topspin in many points. The shot is very easy to execute and has a high level of security. Even inexperienced players can learn this type of stroke well with the Acuda.
Good counter-top spins succeed very easily, even without a good technique. This means that for not very experienced players, they can learn this stroke very quickly and easily.
With simple strokes the control is very high, but with technically more difficult strokes the control is only mediocre, because of the high spin and speed values, which will not disturb very ball-safe players.
Blocking is very simple and precise. To make blocking easier, the table tennis wiki editor recommends a slight counter-attack when hitting the block.
The flight curve of the Acuda S2 is less dangerous than for surfaces with a high catapult effect such as the Donic Baracuda. The curve is very flat and becomes dangerous, especially when placed well.
The spin production of the Donic coating is very good and comparable to the Baracuda. Nevertheless, it requires some acclimatization and practice to create the same level of cut with the missing catapult effect. Otherwise, the topspins come with a lot of spin, which makes it hard to block these topspins flat back.
If you only keep the ball in the game at half-distance, the control is very high. For topspins, shots and other types of strokes, you need a good and safe technique to make the strokes particularly effective.