Haifu Shark III (Red Sponge)

Haifu Shark III (Red Sponge) Rubber
Approx. $ 60 USD
Price $

User Ratings (4)

Speed 9.5
Spin 9.0
Control 9.2
Tackiness 2.3   
Slightly tacky
Weight 3.3   
Sponge Hardness 6.3   
Medium hard
Gears 9.0   
Many gears
Throw Angle 2.7   
Medium low
Consistency 10.0
Durability 7.0   
Lasts longer than average
Overall 9.1 10
Manufacturer Details
Tensor No
Anti No

Reviews (4)

Tyrael  on 5/10/2018

I've been playing with 2 sheets of Shark 3 and 2 sheets of Shark Speed for almost a year. The first one is a commercial version of this rubber in a green packing described in the pic, ittf number is 90-006, the latter is a training version in a simple transparent packing having ittf number 90-002. I've heard of national version of the rubber but couldn't find it anywhere despite living in China. The Shark 3 and Shark Speed play almost the same but it seems to me the training version is a bit more of a high quality. They have 3 hardness grades: S-M-H for Shark 3 and 35-36-37 for Shark Speed, I use them on backhand with S/35 on Xiom Vega tour and M/36 on Xiom Vega euro. The difference between the two types of hardness is quite noticeable in terms of feeling but not that much in terms of playing. The soft version is a bit slower, easier to break in, feels more comfortable on flicks and slight to medium strokes. It's not a tensor at all despite a word of "tension" on the packing. Or if you want you can call it "Chinese tensor" meaning non-linear power intensification on full strokes. The soft version has a kind of slight springy feeling but it's delusive and has nothing to do with speed or catapult effect. I'd say in terms of behavior and performance the Shark is quite similar to Yinhe/Galaxy Moon Speed but it has more power, speed, spin and requires more perfect technique, in addition its topshit is more elastic making it more suitable for flicks and wrist strokes albeit I'd say it would be easier with Tenergy. All in all I would recommend this rubber for those who play with Hurricane-like rubbers on their forehand and can't combine it with a tensor on backhand looking for something more in par to what they have on forehand
Mudito  on 6/6/2017

The medium version is similar in speed to the Tenergy 64
wisuut  on 1/17/2017

I'll try it today. 😁
Hozze  on 8/10/2012

I'm using the medium sponge (H37) version on BH. I believe there's also a soft and hard version available. The sponge is more pink(ish) than red by the way. I've heard it described as a Chinese/Euro hybrid, and it does act more like a chinese rubber than the other tensors I've tried in that you get out what you put in: Great top speed and spin when you go after a shot, not so much if you swat at it. Laziness does not pay off, you'll need to pay attention to your technique. I like that, it gives me more feedback than usual on when I'm screwing up. Some tack to the topsheet, but not that much. Mostly noticable when I put on the rubber protection sheet. What I think I like most with the new Haifu sponge(s) is the speed/weight ratio. Both the Shark III and the Whale II I have on my forehand can match most tensors for speed/spin, but they seem to be a fair bit lighter. As I have a heavy blade this is very appealing to me. On the downside it's very expensive for a Chinese rubber, but as I feel it can hold its own against any Jap/Euro rubber it's not a huge concern. I've only been using it about 5 practices though, so we'll see about the durability. Seems like another winner for Haifu!

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