On April 1st, 2020, Butterfly released a very significant rubber on their line up, the Dignics 09c. With the Dignics Spring Sponge X, Butterfly engineered a sticky topsheet to combat the famous forehand rubber from DHS, Hurricane 3. Hurricane 3 is known for its ability to generate a lot of spin and widely used among Chinese national team players. However, the draw back is that the sponge has always been dull, slow, and not very bouncy. For many years, the solution is to boost the sponge, but it is troublesome for many players that they have to boost it regularly after a few months or so. Today we are going to compare the two rubbers, see if Butterfly has created something better and how they perform for forehand.
D09c: 74g uncut, and 50g cut.
74g uncut is on the heavier side among other rubbers. It is similar to some powerful rubber like XIOM Omega 7 Tour, Tibhar MX-p and Tenergy 05 Hard. Heavier than Tenergy 05 and Dignics 05.
Hurricane 3 Provincial Orange sponge boosted: 49g cut.
In play test, we feel D09c is noticeably heavier than this Hurricane. You will feel gravity is pulling your racket downward, making the set up feels unbalanced when using it on backhand. However, when you put D09c on forehand, the weight feels more balanced, since your forehand is able to handle more weight.
D09c: 未剪74克，剪后50克。与Tenergy 05 硬, 挺拔MX-p 重量类似。
要是正手胶皮较轻，而把较重的D09c 放在反手的话，使用反手时感觉重量有点沉。要是把D09c 用在正手，重量就平衡多了。
D09c: the surface has a frosted feeling. The dark colour and texture of the rubber feels very premium. Stickiness is there but less sticky than the Hurricane.
Hurricane: the surface has a rubber feel instead of a frosted feel. It is more sticky than the D09c, Being able to pick up the ball with its stickiness, while D09c can't.
In this case, the Hurricane has one layer of booster, it feels softer than the D09c sponge. The bounciness of the two are similar. With Hurricane, the bounce feels softer due to the booster. D09c sponge bounces with a harder feel. Although it feels more like a harder sponge, unlike a Tenergy kind of bounce, it is still very easy, friendly and solid to use opponents' power to bounce the ball back.
这里使用罐了一次油的狂飙比D09c 更软一点点。弹性两款相当，狂飙弹性柔软一点，D09c 弹性的感觉较为硬一点。两款弹性都足够，非常扎实，不虚弹。D09c 的弹性更好借力， 狂飙相对自身需要发力多一点。
the Hurricane here is softer on the surface after being boosted, so I found it easier to spin, and the clicking feel provides a clear feedback. The D09c also feels clear and a touch harder at contact point. It is easier to control the height and placement with Hurricane. At times, it would be harder to keep the serve low with D09c. On the flip side, the ball jumps faster when serving long with D09c. However, both of them can generate lots of spin and provide a very grippy feel when brushing the ball. They both have very good control, and it is easy to serve two bounces still inside table. You can rely on them to create spinny serves at crucial points.
狂飙发球更好控制，弹力较小更好控制不冒高。D09c 也很好控制，但由于海绵底劲较大，相对较容易冒高。但适应一段时间后就能很好地控制。D09c 发长球速度容易加速度。总的来说，两款套胶都是非常好控制的。发球能够轻松控制不出台。在关键分上，可以加转发球直接得分。
Short pushes and forehand flicks
The boosted hurricane provide clicking feel and it is very easy to control. You can securely push low and short, or to add more spin as you like. And because of the surface being sticky and the sponge being a bit softer, it is easier to flick, to generate soft brush of top spin. It is also easier to hit through the sponge for the blade to kick in to create quality flick.
For D09c, the feeling is also very clear and crisp. Very controllable in terms of pushes. But if you are used to Hurricane, you may push a little bit high at times when you engage your body weight in the push, because the power of the Spring Sponge X kicks in. However, I was able to adapt to it easily after a few minutes. When flicking, sometimes you need to pay a little bit more attention on gripping the ball fully, otherwise it may go into the net because of the harder sponge. But once I got use to it, it generates more speed, power and quality when flicking hard. D09c is able to create quite a higher quality flick when you hit through the sponge. Even the sound is quite a bit heavier than the hurricane can create.
D09c 手感清晰，摆短也很好控制。但由于海绵比狂飙的弹劲略大，所以当你用到身体的重心去摆短时，有时会冒高。但经过几分钟的适应后就能控制好。挑打也非常好用，有时要注意摩擦，因为海绵较硬。但适应后，挑打质量更高，速度更快。打透后D09c 的声音质量比狂飙更重。
Forehand and Loop
Between the two rubbers in this case, D09c provides more speed, power and bounce than Hurricane, because of the quality of the Spring Sponge X and being less sticky on the rubber surface. At small power, the bounciness helps the ball to get over the net easier. When hitting hard, the D09c sponge also creates higher quality shot. The power, bounciness and speed are the advantages of the D09c. The arc of D09c is also higher and longer than Hurricane. The ball will jump high and propel toward your opponent's body after second bounce. The arc of Hurricane is lower and shorter, the ball jumps flatter after the second bounce.
While D09c is still good in control, Hurricane is better in control. The feeling on hand is a bit more secure and stable in drive and loop. The ball stays on the rubber and the sponge for a little bit longer than it's on D09c. However, the ball propels less forward from Hurricane sponge. Therefore, although the power and speed is less, you can brush more precisely to create the arc and the placement you like with Hurricane. Especially when the ball is close to your body and you don't have time to do a full stroke, and you rely on the rubber to softly lift the ball over the net with a lot of spin. The hurricane is easier and give you a higher sense of security to do that.
在这两款套胶中，因为D09c海绵的质量和硬度和较小的粘性，它的力量，速度，弹性更好。小力量弹性容易借力过网。大力量时，D09c 海绵质量更高，弧线更长更高。对手感觉球更顶。 狂飙弧线更短更低，二跳比较下扎。狂飙控制更好，手感比较稳定。因为海绵较软，更加吃球。在轻挂半出台球时可以更精准地控制摩擦，弧线和落点。但总的来说，两款表现很相似，都是很优秀的高质量弧圈胶皮。
Looping against down spin
Both rubbers are able to grip the ball with a lot of confidence. Up to a certain point, the softer Hurricane here feels more secured and easier to loop against a very heavy down spin ball because of the softer sponge. However, I feel that once you get used to the stiffer sponge on D09c, and brush more quickly, you will develop the same sense of security.
while both rubber feel solid, control, spinny, the D09c provides huge amount of power and more speed, Hurricane creates a safer feeling on hand. The ball propels forward and you feel a lot of power coming from inside the D09c sponge. D09c lands deep on the table and jumps to your opponent because it has a longer arc. It is relatively harder to hit through the sponge compare to the Hurricane 39 degree here. But once you do, the power and quality are higher. The Hurricane has very good control. Although it has slightly less power and speed, the power is still very good and the spin is a bit more than D09c here.
In this case, both of them have very good control. In comparison, Hurricane has slightly better control than D09c. I am able to brush more precisely with Hurricane when dealing with half long ball, and it is easier to make tiny adjustments on your brush. However, both of them have very good control in all parts of the game compare to a lot of other rubbers.
D09c is about 10% faster than Hurricane in forehand drive, which make up the lack of speed and bounce in Hurricane, resulting the ball would have a faster jump toward your opponents. The speed in Hurricane is sufficient, but not very fast. However, player who use Hurricane regularly may feel D09c is a bit too bouncy, which results in going out of the table.
D09c 大概比狂飙快10%，尤其是大力量时。这正好彌补了狂飙速度和弹性不够的缺点，球在二跳时跳得更远，更顶。狂飙的速度虽然略慢，但习惯后也足够。习惯狂飙的球手可能就会觉得D09c 太弹容易出界。
Due to the more sticky surface and softer sponge, Hurricane is a little bit easier to produce spin than D09c. The sponge of D09c releases the ball quicker in this case. Therefore you would need to brush a little more carefully and faster. However, both rubbers create a lot of spin in soft touches and in powerful strokes.
I feel D09c is more powerful than the Hurricane used here. The sound from the sponge is heavier than the Hurricane can create when hitting them hard. I think it is due to the harder sponge from D09c here. But the 39 degree boosted Hurricane is easier to hit through than D09c. It feels like D09c has a lot of power to propel the ball forward. The ball dives down earlier with Hurricane. However, both of them don't lack any power.
因为海绵更硬挺，D09c 的力量更强，大力打透海绵的声音也更重。狂飙则较容易打透，力量也很好，打透后声音清脆，没有D09c 打透后的声音重。在攻球和对拉时两款都有足够力量。
Should you use D09c or Hurricane on forehand? And should you switch from non-sticky rubbers or Hurricane to D09c?
I think Butterfly has done a very good job in creating this sticky rubber, and it has created something very similar to the top level Hurricane 3 (Provincial, National Blue sponge). The capability of the spring sponge x here is on bar or even better than the Chinese Blue sponge. Comparing it to the 39 degree boosted orange sponge Hurricane used here, it is stiffer. So I would say D09c is more like a 40-41 degree blue sponge from Hurricane, resulting in very high quality shot. D09c is very similar to Hurricane in many aspects in the play, but the feeling is still slightly different to a Hurricane. It still processes a sense of Butterfly rubber, while it is very "Chinese".
The two rubbers share a lot of similarities and are very close in terms of feeling and performance. But at the end of the day, Hurricane is still Hurricane, D09c is still D09c. Although they are very comparable, they still process some different feel. I think here Butterfly has successfully offered a Butterfly version of Hurricane.
If you are loyal to the Hurricane feeling, you should stay with Hurricane.
But If you are willing to give up that Hurricane feel for a bit more speed and bounce, adapt to the Butterfly feel, and you are tired of boosting your Hurricane anymore, you can try the D09c. You will be able to get used to it easily, and it still delivers wonderful performance in all parts of the game.
If you have been using non-sticky rubber, you want to change your style with sticky rubber and willing to reduce some speed. This would be perfect for you, just like how Timo Boll and Dima Ovtcharov switched to D09c. D09c offers good control, spin and power, without losing much speed.
正手应该用D09c 还是狂飙呢？应不应该从涩性胶皮或狂飙换到D09c ？
D09c 与高级别的省，国狂飙蓝海棉表现非常接近，相对而言D09c 较倾向弹性和速度，狂飙则更倾向控制和旋转。D09c 在这里比39度灌油的狂飙硬，所以大概是40-41度，击球质量很高。
若果你一直以来使用涩性套胶，而想开始使用黏性套胶增加旋转，并可以放弃一点弹性。那D09c 将会非常适合。就像波尔，奥恰洛夫的正手由涩套改到黏套一样。D09c 将会给你提供很好的控制，旋转，力量，但其实速度不会减少太多。