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 Dr Neubauer Anti Special


"ANTI SPECIAL is distinctively slower than our current Anti-Spin rubbers 'Gorilla' and 'Grizzly' and offer a much better control. On top of that the rubber produces a very good spin reversal for a highly effective blocking game close to the table. At the same time ANTI SPECIAL provides good attacking possibilities through aggressive pushing and lifting, especially on chopped balls. ANTI SPECIAL comes with a new rubber formula for the topsheet and a new type of sponge. This way the rubber is quite similar to our old frictionless long pimpled rubbers. ANTI SPECIAL is ITTF-homologated since October 2008 and is available as from 08 December 2008 with the following sponge thickness: 1.2mm, 1.5mm, 1.8mm.

The versions with 1.2 and 1.5mm are most effective for short blocking close to the table. The version with 1.8mm even provides a better control. It is also very effective however it is even more suitable for attacking. All three sponge thicknesses also provide a good control and a lot of effectiveness while defending.

  • Speed: 65
  • Control: 85
  • Disruptive effect: 100

"I have been baptised ANTI and yes I am a real "Anti" in the true sense of being against many things, but furthermore and most of all I am SPECIAL.

Am I ANTI Topspin?
On the contrary I just love to return it loaded.

Am I ANTI backspin?
Not at all, just bring it on.

Am I ANTI control?
Why this, it is my speciality.

Am I ANTI long pimples?
What is on your mind, we are like siblings.

Am I ANTI attack?
Definitely not, sometimes I long for some proper workout.

Don't be ANTI either, just try me and adopt me."

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 Dr Neubauer Anti Special review:

Review by roundrobin (Publised with permission):

Since the frictionless long pips ban, Dr. Neubauer has devoted his time developing anti rubbers to recreate the frictionles style made possible by his old pips. His first two attempts, the Gorilla and the Grizzly were met with mostly negative reviews, as they couldn't quite absorb the energy of strong attacking shots off-the-bounce. Last Friday I finally received his newest invention, the Anti Special w/ 1.2mm sponge, one sheet in black and one in red. Below is my thoughts after I played a round robin Saturday and three matches with my Korean coach last night.

-The black one is a bit more effective than the red one. For some reason the red one has slightly more friction and less predictible. Spin reversal for the black one is pretty decent on a Matsus#ita Special blade, about 70% of Super Block and noticeably more than Insider or Swing Back IF. On a Firewall Plus blade the reversal drops to about 50% of Super Block, on par with TTMaster long pips. I feel this anti has to be used on a fairly hard blade to be effective.

-Can this rubber be played like a Super Block? It's a resounding "yes", but not quite as easily: The angle of contact has to be more precise than ever or else the ball just slides off the paddle. Blocking strong repeatitive loops to the same spot off-the-bounce is finally possible, but once the ball changes direction it requires the user to move the paddle to the right spot with a very precise angle. It's not a plug-and-play version of old frictionless long pips. In terms of effectiveness, it's the closest thing to Super Block but yet it's twice as hard to use. This is a rubber that can finally absorb the energy of the incoming ball well AND provide decent spin reversal. With all the other antis it's either one or the other. So good job, Dr. Neubauer.

-I feel this rubber can be improved further by using a slightly thicker sponge, maybe a 1.4mm? Also the friction level should be even lower, especially on the red one. I think a thicker sponge would improve control, and reducing friction even further will improve reversal. I compared both black and red versions to a ten-year old Butterfly Super Anti 1.9mm I have, and found that the Super Anti has even less friction than either, so the Doctor can definitely improve on this aspect. Otherwise, the Anti Special has much better touch in terms of linear feedback (or known as "gears") than the very dead Super Anti. This is a remarkable achievement, as I feel this is the first anti rubber that can be used as a chopping rubber as well. I am cautiously optimistic at the moment, and will report back more once I get to play some serious loopers like Lu Guo Hui...


Review by David Pech (USA Technical Representative-

Out of the packaging, the new Anti Special is noticeably different than its predecessors, Grizzly and Gorilla. The surface has a matte slick surface. Dragging a ball over the surface gives little to no frictional resistance. The sponge is also very different, in that it’s a light pink and will come in 1.2mm, 1.5mm, and 1.8mm. It is very hard and very dead. As for this review, I am using a 1.5mm black version. On a side note, I have found in testing this sponge on other top sheets, the spin reversal between 1.2mm and 1.5mm is almost indistinguishable, so my thinking is if one is using a fast blade (off-), I would recommend using the 1.5 and the 1.8 on an (off) to (off+) blade, as this sponge will slow down any blade. For those using an (all+) and less, use the 1.2mm sponge. This new sponge comes with a contact sheet. I would like to make some recommendations for adhering the rubber to your blade. I am using a water-based voc-free glue by Spintech Aqua Bond. This stuff is great. It has no affect on the sponge or the top sheet, and it will pass the Enez test box at any tournament. My suggestion is to first seal your blade, as this glue will hold almost too well if you blade has not been sealed. To adhere your rubber to your blade, you must first remove the protective white contact sheet protector from the back of your sponge. Apply one coat of Aqua Bond glue to both sponge and blade and let dry. One can use a blow dryer to speed up the process, then simply place your new rubber on the blade and cut to size.

OK- so now for the playing characteristics of this new Anti Special from Neubauer… WOW!! It is much slower and vastly more controlled. The top sheet seems to absorb the ball and allows one to keep almost any loop on the table. The spin reversal is also great and deceptive. Sampson Dubina, Ohio number one, said that he could not loop the ball two times in a row, as there was too much spin reversal. On power loops, I could pull the bat back slightly and absorb the energy of the loop, and still keep the ball low and on the table. Loop blocking, stayed low and short over the net with two bounces on my opponent’s side of the table, not allowing him to re-loop. As for hitting, I was able to attack many balls with success that stayed over the table from Sampson’s push when he did not re-loop. Serve return is also much easier with more control. Balls stayed low and I could push them very easily to a corner of my choosing. This new combination of top sheet and sponge has also seemed to help with return of top spin serves which always seemed to go long and high, now the ball now stays low and with strong spin-reversal. Pushing the no-spin balls is also no problem, so long as one has a soft hand and keeps their racket angle set. Chopping with the new Anti Special is also very easy and controlled. The ball stays low and keeps a strong backspin on the ball. Due to the deadness of how this rubber plays, one needs push forward on chopping balls.

In conclusion, I believe that this rubber is 35-40% slower than Gorilla/Grizzly, with as much if not more spin reversal. Balls are more unpredictable, and stay low, requiring your opponent to have very good footwork to get in position to return the next ball. Some ball will have no-spin and the next will be loaded. Attacking balls over the net are easy and fast as the sponge is hard. Loop blocks now stay on table and are loaded, requiring a push by your opponent on their next shot. This rubber is a must try if you are still in the wasteland of having nothing to replace you frictionless Long Pips. If you are looking for a good blade for this new rubber, try the Gladiator by Neubauer, as it is controlled and enhances the spin reversal.

Just got back from Koreatown for my second serious practice session. I've found that the Anti Special is good enough to be my replacement for legal LPs. It is easier for me to return powerful rips and spinny openings than any legal LPs available in the market right now; at least I felt more confident than ever with it than with Insider or Swing Back IF on a fairly fast carbon-arylate blade like Matsus#ita Pro Special. I love this blade and no legal LPs out there work well with it with the off-the-bounce style. I didn't think I would adopt it to be my backhand rubber of choice so soon, but hey, I am pleasantly surprised by its "Super Blockiness". Returning tricky serves is superior to Insider and Swing Back IF, in the way that I could really dig into the ball regardless of spin and place it where I want it, just like I used to do with Super Block or Inferno. This alone is worth 2-3 pts. per game. ;-) If I successfully block super-spinny loops and drives off-the-bounce with the correct angle, the spin reversal is there to cause my opponent to dump the next one into the net a couple more time per match than with Insider or Swing Back IF. Again this is extremely valuable in the post-frictionless LPs era... The only thing I absolutely hate about anti is the "deadness" (delayed feedback), but I am starting to adjust to it a bit at a time.


For further detailed discussion on this rubber, check out the table tennis forum discussion on this rubber here.

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