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Yasaka Extra Special - Chinese Penhold

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YASAKA Extra Special Several top players prefer the pure wooden blade construction, appreciating the special feel of pure wood. In EXTRA SPECIAL Yasaka combines harder inner veneers with a little softer middle veneer to get the right power without vibration. In addition the surface veneers are thin, selected hard walnut veneers, making the blade faster. Yasaka EXTRA SPECIAL is the ultimate pure wooden blade for demanding players who like hot power strokes.

Speed: 91
Control: 66
Weight: 88g
Plies: 7


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Reviews of Yasaka Extra Special - Chinese Penhold (14)

Amazing allwood blade with great control. It is suited for offensive playing style and has more power than YEO.
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This blade is very good . Good at every department especially loops and topspining, Control is very high. This blade is comparable with nittaku barwell . Yasaka xs is slightly harder in feel and maybe a little stiffer . I would say 95% characteristics of famous nitaku barwell . The barwell is always lighter in weight and softer feeling than yasaka es but still medium hardness. The dwell and spin is ever slightly high on nitaku barwell aswell. Yasaka es is faster than barwell that may be due weight which most are around 90g-93. And Barwell is 85-89g. Overall yasaka extra special is a top end performance blade that cost under 55.

9.7/10
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I bought this blade on sale as a spare/training blade. I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality and performance. It has a lot of gears and plenty of speed. It also has great feeling, so you can easily execute any techniques with it. As a 7-ply blade, it's fairly stiff. It's great for blocking, but you also get enough dwell for high quality loops. This blade provides good control, but it's not for beginners. You need to have some power and proper technique to unleash this blade's potential. I recommend medium hard to hard rubbers. Both tacky Chinese rubbers and tensor are good.
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Nice blade for loopers. Good dwell time, good speed away from the table, excellent control. Pairs well with medium hard rubbers like Xiom's Omega IV Pro. Kinda heavy, tho.

I needed to sand quite a bit of the neck to make it comfortable for my fingers, playing CPEN. That's not necessarily negative, cause it means we have a bigger margin for customization. The top ply seems quite fragile, getting damaged even with a slight hit on the table, not sure if it's related to the wood properties or if it's just poor finish.
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Good speed, control, spin. My rubber Rakza 7 Soft is backhand. Super spin and control for backhand. Forehand Rakza 7 is cool speed and spin. Full Control is back table. :) I would recommend it not for beginners. Blade provides experience for professional players. I play as a Chinese player Zhang Jike. Backhand and forehand is play no problem. It is absolutely cheap and very good racket. Try you with the racket. I am a deaf person. We apologize for the English language. ;) Bye for table tennis players :)))))
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