Giant Dragon Guard Special

Giant Dragon Guard Special Rubber
Approx. $ 50 USD
Price $

User Ratings (3)

Speed 6.1
Spin 2.1
Control 8.7
Tackiness 0.0   
Completely non-tacky
Weight 2.0   
Light
Sponge Hardness 5.0   
Medium
Gears 2.5   
Average
Throw Angle 1.0   
Medium low
Consistency 6.7
Durability 10.0   
Lasts a long time!
Overall 9.0 10
Manufacturer Details
Speed 6.0
Spin 3.0
Tensor No
Anti Yes
GUARD Special is the latest Anti-loop rubber developed by Giant Dragon Company: a superb weapon against strong backspin and for attack as well. It also has good performance for blocking and chopping as well as perfect ball control.

Reviews (3)

Iloveanti  on 5/10/2016

Tested the red 0.6mm version on a Nimatsu Tsunami Def Light blade. The 0.6mm mid-soft sponge added more control to the rubber compare to the 0.4mm normal Guard and gave some damping effect when blocking, which is a must when pairing thin sponge rubber on hard/strong catapult effect blade, or the ball will fly into the net or over the table in a straight line easily when the incoming ball is very fast. Here is my rating: Speed: 6.8/10 (depends on the blade since the sponge is thin) Spin: 0/10 (the rubber surface is very slick when fully oxidized) Control: 8/10 (good control even on a blade with mid-strong catapult effect) Strength: driving against driving gives good spin reversal, the opponent needs to open the blade or the ball will sink into the net. Drive smash against slow top spin or block against fast top spin is excellent, able to return a moderately back spin ball to the opponent, force the opponent to loop again. But as the previous member said, it is not easy for the opponent to loop a few times in a roll, particularly the ball flies to the opponent with decent speed. Roll-loop/smash against back spin (similar to the short pips style) is easy to perform with decent speed. Weakness: chopping is the only option when playing far from the table as the rubber has no grip. Thus the quality of the rubber was in question, the Guard Special I bought comes with dirt/mark between the sponge and the top sheet, which I could spot it through the slightly translucent top sheet, some of the edges were slightly serrated (although it is not a big problem when the rubber is glued and cut). Moreover, when rubbers are expected to have flat surface like a mirror when glued, the Guard Special I got came with a spot slightly dented when glued (luckily the spot was not near the sweet spot and didn't affect my play)
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abozemana  4 months ago

I’ve used this anti now for 3 weeks and to my amazement I think it’s better than yasaka anti power. My number 1 anti has always been a yasaka anti power 1.5 but I started reading about this anti so I bought one for 14 dollars at 1.8 black. I can honestly say this anti gives me great returns off heavy spins shots but also great line drive returns on power shots. Now I’m going to try 1.3 and 1.5 just too see how the reaction is. I think this rubber is better and I never ever thought I would be saying that I’m surprised. This rubber will make you opponent so surprised that you returned what he thought was a great shot too you but in your mind you’ll be smiling. Great rubber! I've now used it for about 2 months and yes its faster on returns than the Yasaka but just as controlling as the Yasaka it has no problem with any type of spin. The only problem I found is finding where to buy more because it seems they are very hard too find. I will stick with this anti because its a really good one.
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destodave  on 11/23/2010

this is Giant Dragon's new anti-spin and since I'm now selling Giant Dragon equipment I decided to give this rubber a test run. I don't normally play with anti-spin rubbers but I saw this amazing video on youtube with 2 german players giving this rubber a test. One of them appeared to be a 2000+ looper while the other guy just blocked his loops with the anti. He was able to perform amazing blocks that even produced some spin reversal, so I slapped on a sheet last night and gave it a try. I played with 1.8mm on a fast blade, and all I can say is wow...this rubber was amazing at blocking! If you block 2 loops in a row...they won't be able to loop a 3rd one on. I was even able to attack underspin with this once I figured out the correct angle and it provided lots of trouble for my opponent. I also blocked a smash that was probably the best block I've ever made in my life. I popped this guy's serve up and he smashed it right at me, and somehow I got my racked on it...and it landed on his side of the table. Neither of us could believe it! I'm really curious to see how 1.2mm plays, as the 1.8 was still a little fast. One more thing about this rubber is that it's feather light. I won't become an antispin player, but I wanted to give it a try since I sell this rubber and all I can say is it won't disappoint. Give it a try...you will be impressed.
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