Yasaka Goiabao 5 - Chinese Penhold
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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.
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Reviews of Yasaka Goiabao 5 - Chinese Penhold (10)
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First, I put myself in beginner/ intermediate level. I had been using Butterfly Super Zhang Jike with Tenergy 05-FX untill I tried the Goiabao 5 with Joola Maxxx 500 . I iinitially intended to use Goiabao 5/ Joola as an extra paddle for my guests who come over to play at my house. But after 2 hrs trying this paddle, I decided to use this instead of Super ZJK from now on. And I am really happy with better perfomance.
For me, Butterfly Super Zhang Jike with Tenergy 05 is stiil the best combination in the world. But it just best for the advanced players. It too spinny, and especially too fast for me.
The Yasaka Goiabao 5, even thought very inexpensive, is the best all-wood blade I have tried so far. The Goiabao 5 combined with both Joola Maxxx 500 gives something I have been looking for in 3 years:
1/ Speed: not extremly fast as BTY sZJK, but still very fast. Very good in attack away from the table
2/ Spin: Joola Maxx 500 is very spinny. The projection is very curvy, very good for looping. My serves becomes more tricky for opponents
3/ Control: according tonYasaka website the Goiabao 5 is among the higher control blades. Indeed, it is very control, helping me with blocking, and returning opponent 's serves
4/ Throw angle: High Throw angle. I don't know if the credit is for Goiabao 5 or Joola rubbers, but it helps me lift heavy under spin to get more successful loops and banana flicks
5/ last thing about Joola Maxxx 500: very good rubber but a liitle bit heavy. If you want to try a combination like mine, you should get Maxx 500 with 2.0mm thickness, not Max thickness.
I will save my Super Zhang Jike and will use it once my skill get better
Amazing blade which is very controlled in the short game but comes alive on powerloops and hard drives. The throw is on the lower side but with my MX-P and Tinarc 5 I believe I'm playing with my best setup yet. Now I do think the handle is hollow, so take that into account.
This blade is fast ! I got megaspin combo with Rakza X on both and I couldn't be more happier. It is extra offensive and since in am beginner-intermidiate level it might be overkill for my skill level. But I am enjoying it lot more than my early combination of Mark V and Ma Lin Swede. Extra. Somehow I am able to hit very hard, chop is nicely, drop the ball with ease with very little effort. I am able to respond to any shots and somehow putting them bank more consistently now.
Setup-Goiabao 5 + yasaka rakza 9(backhand) + dhs hurricane 3 neo(forehand).Fast all wood blade.Dwell time is amazing.The throw angle is a bit low but the dwell time is enough to compensate and adjust to it.Short and touch game-average,ball bounces sometimes a bit.Plus Point-Counter attacks!! and Counter Topspins!!Mid and far distance game is appreciated with this ply.A dense sound produced on contact.
Excellent blade ! I was in war inside my brain to decide between GOIABAO 5 or MA Lin EO and Goiabao didn't disappointed ! It's fast and has great control ! And the look is elegant ! I did screw it up putting dhs skyline 3-60 in both F and B ! Those are good rubbers but not to put on this blade. Rakza 7 or rakza 9 pair with this pice of art ! Now i'll have to order rakza 9 on both sides. Overall excellent blade and totally worth the price ! I'm very happy with this purchase and I'm pretty sure I'll use GOIABAO for a long time !
Before this blade I'd only prefered playing with off- blades like Avalox BT555 (which I love, awesome and underrated blade) but now I wanted try something really fast and harder kind of blade and decided to order Goiabao 5. Before i've also tried Clipper Oversize which i didnt like, too difficult to loop with, blocking was great though. I was scared that the Goiabao would be kind of the same cuz of the hard outer ply, but to my surprise it has been a delight and looping is easy (rakza 7, pairs really well with goiabao) and control is relative good...feeling is nice, just had to adjust my touch because the blade is a bit more bouncy than BT555. Fast, easy to loop with (medium low arc), good blocking and pretty large sweet spot. Probably the best blade i've played with.
One of th nicest and fastest blade I purchased so far. I have this racket with rakza 9 on forehand and mark v hps on the backhand and I am very satisfied. I have this racket for the last 10 days and even is very early to tell yet this is some observations. Racket was a lot faster than my previous and the first 2-3 days I was struggling not to keep the ball as I was able to do it but I wasn't able to hold the blade as this time from straight I went to anatomic bell type. After the 4-5 day I was able to get used to hold it but also to play better. It would take me a few days or weeks to get used to it but I believe with this blade and with this rubbers I ll be able also to move forward faster.
I have owned Nittaku Septear, Yasaka Extra Offensive JTTAA and Joola Rossi Emotion blades in the past, and have played with couple others but this blade is my favourite. Goiabao can be flexible when you're looping and can turn stiff and hard when you're hitting/driving. I don't know why it feels this way but I love this property of Goiabao. There is nothing negative about this blade. It is bouncy so my short game needed adjusting but after only a day of playing this started to feel like the most controlled blade I've ever come across. It is way superior to YEO. More people should play with this blade
This blade was a pleasant surprise to me as it had very nice wood for the price. Sweet spot was medium-large. Fast with very good feel for the ball and some flex. Great for looping at any distance. Made in Sweden blade that rivals much higher priced blades with the same wood composition. Slightly head heavy with thick rubbers. A powerful and elegant blade for players seeking a bit more speed. Works well with short pips on BH or inverted. Speed to control ratio is nice on this one as most blades in this speed range can be difficult to control. Better than Clipper wood in all areas except perhaps blocking. For advanced or seasoned intermediate players who love more speed. Excellent buy.
FH: Neo DFS Huriccane 3
BH: Neo DFS Skyline 3
Beautiful piece of racket. Very good control and speed. Works really well with Hurricane 3 on the forehand.
Huricane 3 seems a better fit for this blade than skyline. Skyline feels a little bit lack of power using this blade. May be its less bouncy compare to hurricane?
Recommend buyer to purchase a bouncy rubber for this blade.
The wood texture itself is also really nice.
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