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Yasaka Goiabao 5 - Chinese Penhold

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See also:
Yasaka Goiabao 5 - shakehand version

After the introduction in China market during the winter 2015 the blade GOIABAO 5 is now ready also for the European and the US market.

The word GOIABAO has the meaning "nice wood" - a very suitable name for this elegant blade with top level play-ing characteristics.

GOIABAO 5 is a fast 5-ply blade with a hard outer veneer and a relatively thick middle veneer. The second veneer is hand selected Scandinavian pine.

GOIABAO 5 has a sealer from the factory for easy rubber removal when needed.


Speed: 92
Control: 63
Plies: 5
Weight: 86g


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Reviews of Yasaka Goiabao 5 - Chinese Penhold (24)

CPen review. I used with Skyline 3 provincial FH and H3 on BH. Strong 5ply blade. Doing a comparison to Yasaka Extra offensive. Not much flex quite stiff with hard surface. I found that looping rubber is best option for this blade due to low throw and long trajectory. Short game had to use light touch to keep short. Vibrations very minimal. Blocking, slapping, looping playing near and far werent an issue. Playing far from table was quite good for a 5ply blade. No issues at all. I just bought for the hype and claim to be the upgraded version of Yasaka Extra offensive. This is a false statement. Still great no hate.
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Please share your expert opinion-
Does Goiabao 5 FL handle play well with a combination of Rakza Z 2.3mm + Rakza 9 2mm on either side of the bat ?
Intermediate player looking to Advance, serious hobby-leisure, budget under 150 for the bat.
Thanks in advance.
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Have tested a fair bit since purchase 6months ago. The blade has nice feedback. Thick middle veneer. I have noticed in the reviews not many people use Chinese rubbers. I currently use H3 provincial 41* forehand and H3-50 backhand. Feel is hard still however it is more stiff than YEO and YEO7. Power delivery is still good far from table. But must close racket angle when playing near table. The ball has low throw. Tends to overshoot. My go to FH rubbers are the DHS skyline series but I am yet to use one unboosted for this blade. So I can not comment on short game because it is not my strength with this FH rubber. Updates will continue in near future due to my search for the perfect feeling in blade.
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My ST handle weighs 83g and is 6.0mm thick. Handle is hollow, but it's surprisingly not head-heavy. This blade was designed for the China market, so it is made to be used with Hurricane 3 on FH. If you use a different rubber, it will have less dwell time. Soft rubbers (42deg ESN) can add more dwell also. Speed is solid OFF and very linear. Due to the speed, it's a little hard to make topspin; best to use H3 with Chinese technique. Control is great on all shots. Overall, this blade is amazing for the price and should be much more popular!
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A review from Cpen user :
Used to have a JTTAA YEO Cpen. after learning the basic strokes, always thought that YEO is a bit too flimsy for the 40+ plastic ball.

Goiabao 5, compared to YEO is a bit stiffer and faster, which make playing from medium distance easier while still maintaining the control and feeling to play 3rd ball/close to table thanks to the all-wood plies. The only downside is it is a bit more bouncy while serving/playing short, but the difference is negligible.

I think of it as a direct upgrade from YEO, kind of similar to STIGA Rosewood 5, to play more comfortably in the 40+ era. If you like the feeling of a 5-ply wooden blade, this blade can never go wrong.
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