DHS Hurricane-II Tournament Table Tennis Paddle Review

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thingyThe DHS Hurricane-II Tournament Table Tennis Paddle is a shakehand style ping pong paddle, which is the most popular grip used in table tennis due to its versatility on the backhand side. If you want to know more about the different types of grips, check out the table tennis guide we wrote. The playing style of the paddle is all-around balanced player. This is generally where players begin. The top professional table tennis players use a more offensive style, which is faster and focuses more on top-spin. Some players use a more defensive style, utilizing tricky spin hits and cloaking their shots so their opponents are unable to predict their trajectory.

Rated at Level: Hall of Fame, that is designed for higher caliber play due to its sensitivity. If you’re a beginner, this paddle will take a little bit of getting used to. The Hurricane-II is made for tournaments and professional caliber competitions.

What does this mean for you?

Well, it means that you’re going to need to improve your game. Competition-level rackets are generally lighter, with components that veer more toward the extremes, such as an increased level of stickiness. Due to the higher level competitor’s experience, he/she is able to feel and have an increased level of sensitivity that allows them to unconsciously know how to react, something that a beginner may not yet sense. Higher level players may also use a lighter touch, or be aggressive, and still be able to control where the ball is placed on the table. If you are sure you want to buy this paddle as a beginner, I recommend that you give it a few weeks (or months, at that) to get used to the feel. Don’t automatically assume that you suck. Just assume that you’re not yet used to the feel yet. Keep going.

As an overall balanced paddle, the Hurricane-II will give you a big allowance as far as control goes. The control that this paddle affords can be easily illustrated by an example. On one hand, with paddles that provide a lower level of control, the ball seems to bounce immediately off the surface of the paddle’s rubber exterior. On the other hand, when paddles provide players an enhanced level of control, each shot can be described as feeling hollow, as if it is absorbing all the shock of the bounce from the ball. This allows you a split second longer to “decide” where the ball goes. Now that might not seem like very much, but in a fast-paced game such as table tennis where literally a half inch can mean the difference between winning and losing, this makes a difference in competitive level play.

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Part of the reason why this paddle has such a high level of control is due to the classic table tennis rubber that DHS opted to use. The ITTF-approved rubbers are placed on the blade with the pips facing in. This means that when you hit the ball, it makes contact with the smooth side of the rubber. While some players like the unpredictability of the pips-out paddles and their opponents’ inability to predict where shots will go, most professional players prefer pips-in for their ability to control their shots.

There are two specific rubbers that DHS has chosen to build onto the racket. One is the Hurricane, which was created for the offensive style of playing, increasing the level of bounce in the material itself as well as balancing the tackiness of the rubber for increased top spin. On the other side of the paddle, DHS added G555 to balance out the paddle with a more tacky texture. This allows players to add a good amount of spin to the ball, leaving their opponents baffled. The G555 side of the paddle also allows players to have more control over their shot, and counteracts the spin applied to the ball from their opponent.  

The blade is built with and consists of 5-ply professional grade wood. This paddle is relatively larger than other paddles, which was an intentional part of the design that increases the size of the sweet spot.

Could this replace a custom-made paddle?

Probably not. But of all the paddles that we’ve reviewed and experienced, the DHS Hurricane-II comes the closest. So if you don’t want to build your own custom paddle and take the time to source the parts (or if you just don’t want to spend that kind of money yet), then look into this paddle. The level of attention and detail comes very close to justifying the price. This is definitely one of the more expensive paddles that we’ve looked at, but once you actually hold the paddle and have a chance to see it up close, you’ll understand why. The craft is top-notch, the materials are chosen with care. The sentiment that this paddle is the closest you will come to a custom-made paddle is echoed by many users.

Overall, the Hurricane-II is a really good paddle to use, especially if you plan to play in the competitive realm anytime soon. Remember that when you purchase a paddle, you need to maintain it and take care of it. The Hurricane-II paddles come really tacky. A quick wipe before and after playing to make sure dust doesn’t collect is a good idea. When you’re not using your paddles, store  it in a case, such as the one that DHS so beautifully provides for you. If you like the paddle, but don’t like the price, the Killerspin JET600 may be a good alternative.

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