The development of the new Dornenglanz III originally was based on the Dornenglanz II. Our goal was making the Dornenglanz III slower and more suitable for playing at the table than the Dornenglanz II, without reducing the disruptive effect.
For this purpose, the rubber compound of the Dornenglanz II was continuously modified in many individual steps. With every change, the similarities between the Dornenglanz II and the Dornenglanz III became less and less. In the end, the Dornenglanz III is rather a completely new rubber and not a new Dornenglanz version, but the name of the rubber that was defined at the beginning of the development process has remained.
The rubber compound of the Dornenglanz III contains a large number of artificial polymers that make the surface both softer and more elastic than all other long pimples we offer. In addition, the Dornenglanz III is very tacky.
The (by the way very sturdy) pimples themselves are a little wider than those of the other long pimples from SpinLord. The distance between the pimples is average. The pimples have a cylindrical shape with a small conical reinforcement on the pimples bottom. The pimples tops are ribbed.
The speed of the Dornenglanz III is comparable to the speed of the Lion Claw, which means that the Dornenglanz III is noticeably slower than the previously available long pimples from SpinLord. In direct comparison to the Lion Claw, the Dornenglanz III plays completely different due to its incomparably higher elasticity and the softer rubber compound. The Claw is undynamic and straightforward in play behavior, and mainly dangerous because of its flat ball flight curve. The Dornenglanz III, on the other hand, has a higher, but also significantly shorter ball flight curve, cushions in passive play and accelerates in active play.
The Dornenglanz III is especially suitable for playing at the table as it is primarily made for an active and aggressive style of playing. It can and should be played with similar striking techniques such as usually used for short and semi-length pimples. Thus it is of course also a very good option for players switching from these kind of rubbers. The overall playing feel of the Dornenglanz III in ox is almost comparable to that of a semi-length pimple in ox or 1.0 mm, but the Dornenglanz III is more effective for blocking fast topspins of the opponent.
The disruptive effect of Dornenglanz III is very high if your own playing style is adapted to this rubber. With a little practice the pimples of the Dornenglanz III bend unusually quickly and make the ball flight curve unpredictable. However if you only defend passively with this rubber, the disruptive effect is reduced considerably. Therefore this rubber is not a good choice for classic defenders; Long pimples that are slightly faster are still better suited for this style of play. But an occasional undercut defense is possible and also quite effective.
The Dornenglanz III can be easily combined with almost all blades, but it is particularly strong in combination with faster blades from OFF-. In combination with balsablades, the player should be aware that the catapult of the balsa blade and the high elasticity of the Dornenglanz III reinforce each other.
As with almost all SpinLord rubbers, the control values of the Dornenglanz III are very high. Playing back serves and strokes with much spin will not be a major problem with the Dornenglanz III due to the wider pimples and the low speed. Therefore, the Dornenglanz III should also be controllable for players in lower leagues.
We recommend playing this rubber in ox. It will also offered with a sponge later on. But in this version it is not more dangerous than in ox and the main advantage of the low speed is lost. The Dornenglanz III with a 1.0 mm sponge is better suited for undercut defense than ox, but it still cannot keep up with rubbers like the SpinLord Agenda.
Overall the Dornenglanz III is innovative, modern and certainly very different from what many players expected. After a short period of getting used to it, combined with switching to a more active pimple game, this rubber is one of the best ways to play successfully with the plastic balls in the long term.
Remark: The Dornenglanz III is in stock in ox now, the version with 1,0 mm sponge will be available later on.