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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2009, 11:01 
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Review: Giant Dragon TaiChi soft & hard (2.2mm black) on a TSP Balsaplus 4.5 blade

1. The reviewer:
Intermediate to high level club level player, modern defender (Chinese style looper on FH). Blade TSP Balsaplus 4.5.

2. Physical Properties:
Very nice packaging as with all Giant Dragon rubbers. Sheet looks of decent quality. It has a plastic protection sheet which reveals a medium soft very mildly tacky matt topsheet. It is not shiny like most other Chinese sheets, and feels it does not have a much grip right on the surface. The 'soft' version has a measured hardness of 38deg (with respect to other rubbers in my Sponge Hardness table) and the 'hard' measured around 40deg...I could not really feel much difference. The rubbers came with a glue sheet, which is a nice addition.. wish more manufacturers would do this.

3. Speed:
The topsheet of this rubber feels fairly slow and with a medium throw makes brush loops slow and spinny. When you loop a little harder, the springy sponge kicks in giving it decent power but still not fast.... I think a faster blade is required to get more speed. I tried it on the Giant Dragon Kris blade blade, and the speed was a lot better. The speed feels quite linear of this rubber, although the throw seems to increase as you hit the ball harder. It felt very nice and controlled for hitting and blocking.

4. Spin:
When you make soft contact, it did not seem to grip like most Chinese tacky rubbers do, but when you dig in a little more, it really grip and you get very good spin. On loops the spin was decent but not high. Only on chop and pushes the spin generated was very high. The upside of this is that it seemed quite insensitive to spin, making return of serves particulaly easy (the dead feel and insensitivity made is remarkable easy to return serves actually).


5. Control:
Control on this rubber is excellent. As I mentioned, it's not particualtly fast, it's quite insensitive to spin, making this a high control rubber. It really excels at blocking/hitting and chopping, partially due to it's insensitivity to spin.

6. Other Playing properties:
Throw of the rubber is on the low side of medium. It has no glue feel at all, which is what I expected particularly for the price. it is really a control style rubber, and it's very good in this aspect. It's certainly fast enough to attack though, particularly on a faster blade. It seemed to work best on a faster balsa blade, but I expect it will work well on reasonble fast blades with some flex as well.

7. Reference:
I can only really compare these rubber to other Giant Dragon rubbers, as they do feel quite unique. For the short and low impact part of the game, it feels similar to typical Chinese rubbers although less tacky, but when you start hitting hard, it feels more euro, probably due to the springy sponge.

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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2009, 22:14 
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Giant Dragon: "Combined with the professional sponge, invented by Giant Dragon, the player can get powerful performance when using VOC-free glue, which is the same as using speed glue."

No exactly being marketed as speed glue effect rubber, but just like most other new rubbers these days, they do seem to infer it...

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Hi haggisV,
Wondering is the speed similar that too gambler wraith? I am interested as i do like the 'dead feel' type rubbers.

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I haven't tried wraith unfortunately...

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I was interested in taichi, but noticed the shop only supplies them in 1.8mm... the review however is in 2.2mm.

I will post comments on this rubber once I get it tmr :clap:

I hope their is not much difference as I am inclined to play a hitting game, the speed of the giant dragon superbalsaII should make up for the thinner sponge.

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Hitting should be much better in 1.8mm...

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I received the taichi from the shop to day.
The packaging of this is really good, nice design. Its shaped like a box like h3, but closes into itself.
It came with a glue sheet in the packaging. Which unlike my giant long which was already attached to the ox rubber, it was seperate. I had to glue the gluesheet first onto the blade before putting on the rubber. The topsheet comes with a thick plastic, perhaps little thinner than a overhead sheet, but much thicker than any rubber I have bought before. It would make a excellent protective cover.
The sponge on the taichi is peach pink, for a black chinese rubber the topsheet is translucent, and can see the pimples underneath, which are fairly fat but not so much as lkt torrent.
I have not played with it yet, but bouncing the ball it feels nice, a dead feel with a trampoline effect, not as dynamic as tensor rubber, but will help i think with playing close to table.
Oh yeah the sheet is big and covers my huge oversize well and had no issue cutting it.
Even in 1.8mm, it does not look that thin, i think the pips under would be a little longer and fatter.
Spinning the ball, i can create huge spin on slight contact it is not tacky though.

I tried seperating the cut offs, and they did come off quite easily.

I am impressed so far and will try it out tomorrow night.

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... I had a half hour hitup today during work, the taichi works really well, even more so than my gambler shadow max. Everything i do is controlled, and no inconsistent hits which happened often with shadow. Not much power has declined, looping is fantastic with superbalsa. The soft version really let me use the sponge often, no top out of the sponge, even with hard hitting. Serving is still nice and tight, but what i noticed that have improved alot is my find touches. Drop shot and pushing softly just after the net on most balls. I think the taichi is a rubber developed for this blade. The sponge is 1.8mm but does not feel any different to a max sponge on another blade.

I will play against higher ranked players tonight and will let you know of my results.

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Sounds very promising MM!

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After tonight, I dont know if I got a bad batch of rubber, today in Sydney it was quite balmy for a winter, a very heavy fog in the morning and sunny during the day led to humid temperature. I played in a non air con setting and the rubber felt very slippery, everytime I did touch it the topsheet was moist. There are some blotches on the topsheet that I have noticed when putting it on, but did not have much concern... It reminded me of the bad batch avalox sterco???


I took a photo on my mobile phone camera, so you can check it out, and want to know if it's conisitent with other GD taichi users?

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I know the photo is poor quality, but there is some inconsistency with the topsheet by the dark and light shadows...

Well, back to business...

Serving - the serves can be kept tight, even with a off+ rated racket, I dont usually consider myself as a specialist in this department, but producing short serves, heavy or light backspin is easy.

Return of serves - As the rubber or environment, did not eat spin, rather than absorb it, I did not have much troubles, putting the ball back safely or block, attack, push. which put pressure on the opponent.

Throw of rubber - it's lower than normal.

Blocking - much slower than shadow, but it did have a anti or absorbing spin effect at the time, (I am not sure if this is the properties or because of the humidity in the room)

Hitting - I did not do much today as I wanted to try out the rubber with a more passive approach, but when I did the speed was still medium-fast, perhaps the first one I hit but the second I have to loop drive.

Loop drive - it's very low throw and comes fast with a little bit of little spin, playing counter - counter topspin raliies, the other end would somehow dup it in the net?

Looping - the spin is okay, not heavy... But I told a guy too just chop with his pimple and had no problems looping through his balls.

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right now it is perhaps a grippier version of stiga cobra 2000 or a faster version 729 lightening, due to similar type topsheets....

All very good allround type rubbers.

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Just out of curiosity, has this rubber something to do with Taichi Akkadi by Donic? I have Akkadi Taichi and kind a like it........

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Does anyone know how the TaiChi compares to DHS TG3?

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