Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Offensive - Chinese Penhold
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MA LIN EXTRA OFFENSIVE is developed from the succesful Yasaka OFFENSIVE blade, but even faster, keeping light weight with good speed and a large sweet spot.
The center veneer is a little bit thicker and harder, which gives additional power.
The surface is lacquered by the factory to improve speed and durability.
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YEO is one of the best 5plys for a reason.
Its merits lie in its linearity and feeling provided by hard outer ply and soft core: superb short game, easy ball placement and great range of speeds. Stiffness allows for stable passive blocking. The demerits are:
-lack of catapult away from the table, as power it has plenty, but is too physically demanding for continuous attack
-hardness of outer ply forces you to be precise, else shot quality suffers/ball goes long
Overall excellent blade for developing. Too demanding for 40+, 7plys offer more catapult.
A very good blade for who wants to have great speed, excelent control and wants to loop and counterloop fast.
Personnaly, I prefer, by much, the old Gatien Extra, and the Old Gatien Extra 3D. These woods were rated ALL Around, and the seems faster to me than this blade, supposed to be offensive. We have to try to find what we lilke, and there is no match between this blade and me.
It bounces and sounds not right. the actual paddle doesn't even look exactly like the picture shown on the website. Did I get a fake one? not sure. Try to avoid it.
This blade made my game increase a lot in a short period of time. I use the CPEN version (JTTA) paired with a XIOM OMEGA V Europe 2.0 on FH and a Friendship Super Soft 2.2 on BH, I think its a good combination, maybe a little heavy. Looping is very easy with this setup and it makes a very good spin too, blocking is perfect. If you have good defensive skills but like to atack with excelent speed and spin, here is the ideal blade, it has a perfect balance betwen power and control. You can even find better blades in the market, but it will cost 2 ou 3 times the price.
Good price, good quality allwood blade. My defensive skill went up a lot! First time using YEO, I struggled a little attacking... Speed is quite slow, but that was because I did my stroke / loop wrongly... After constant learning and improvement... I really like this blade! Lightweight blade, along with H8 (FH) and Vega Pro (BH), I feel I've progressed a lot, the percentage of the ball went in increased a lot, chopping is also possible. Looping becomes easier, the feeling is good. I think this blade is one of the best 5 ply allwood blade for a long time...
If you play like Ma Lin or Xu Xin this is the blade. For all-put close-to-the-table attacker or away-from-the-table power loopers. In short, power players with extreme stroke to take full advantage.
Great blade, I have been using this since day one and its been very performing with fast and precise attack. Very durable so far even after a few episode of collision. Well made.
I've been playing with the CPEN version of this blade, and I must say I'm impressed. It's a very good blade overall and I understand why it's considered a classic by many players.
It's powerful but not too bouncy, you need to generate the speed yourself to get a faster ball. As a consequence, control is really good for an offensive blade (I'd say lower end of OFF blades). The blade is stiff enough but not too stiff (making it versatile, good in block/counter but still good in topspin play as well), it's medium hard but not that hard... it's hard to describe, really. It's taken me a long time to try this blade, I was afraid that it would have too "hard" a feeling for my taste (versatile topspin player, favoring limba-outer blades most of the time)... but it doesn't, and even though the external ply is hard, it does not feel that way. If you like only soft and flexy blades, this one is not for you, but if you don't mind a reasonably stiff / hard blade and hesitate, don't. Only thing to be aware of, for me : it has a medium-throw, it's taken me a bit of time to adjust in forehand topspin. Now I'm used to it and it's not a problem anymore.
frankly to say this blade is a very good in all its aspects but the disadvantage of this blade is it is not still crafted as per expectations, i used the yasaka rakza7 on both sides but there were problems getting the ball on the table, so i tried using short pips on Fh spectol it was difficult too, then i purchased the aruna off+ where the handle is flared and flexible for Fh & Bh but was still not satisfied so i purchased the DHS CW-C blade which is a nice blade and heavy has a big head & face and nicely well crafted handle & good performance on the table , so after my observation & conclusion I came to know that yasaka malin has a short handle and the head & face in a bit small, so i added a piece of extra 6mm wood to the handle to make it a bit long and sanded the handle to fit my hand exactly, now i can topspin with short pips easily good control and now i am trying to put DHS skyline neo 3 on it , this blade is a very good blade but craftsmanship is a bit poor so players have no idea why they cant get good power on this blade, i figured it out after a year now this blade performance in really deadly, i hope in the long run yasaka improves and upgrade this blade with a beautiful head & a bit bigger face like Dhs & a flared handle like those of stiga blade, i recommend this blade for players of all types
King of control. Very balanced blade. Large sweet spot. Good in everything but exceed in control. Soft and flex blade, so easy to drive and spin. The only blade that I felt redress Skyline Neo TG3 weakness in control, giving it many gears. But if you want speed, you will need a very fast rubber, like Donic Blue P1 Turbo. Even with P1 turbo control is there.
Rewiew for CP JTTA version. Mine has 91gr, so it's heavy. Good for smash, but has not the same feeling and power for smash like 1 ply hinoki.
Mine is 87g pairing with Rakza 9 & 7 soft, I think this a very good all wood offensive blade with a reasonable price, if you are an offensive minded style of play, get use to it with this blade before upgrading with more speedy & less control blade. After all this the legendary YEO blade.. a must have blade ^^
Solid 5 ply wood blade. This is on the stiffer/harder side of the spectrum for a wood blade, so the bounce is quicker because of less dwell, and overall speed is a good (for 5 ply wood). Decent loops and good counter hitting, but it loses power with distance away from table, so looping mid distance takes more effort. Very good paired with modern medium/medium-hard rubbers.
My blade of choice at the moment. I have a JTTA approved version. The straight handle is just perfect for my large hands. The blade feels solid without unwanted vibrations. Stroke feedback is very good, speed and control are well balanced and can be tuned by choice of rubber. Highly recommended for intermediate level.
Good blade. Despite being hard it has a lot of flex. Many of gears too, slow on touch strokes but explosive on swinging harder. Sweet spot is big, but the feeling of sweet spot is not as distinct as in most composite blades due to the vibrations that follow after hitting the ball. Vibrations are more pronounced with the new plastic ball. This makes it unsuitable for consistent hitting, however, looping is a dream. Overall, very nice blade. I use JTTAA version, don't know how the regular version plays.
Am using Raja 7 on both sides 1st it was difficult to understand all my shots going out of the table ,as I was using xiom straito off++ before,one has to get used to it,it is slow but needs an effort on smashes ,this blade keeps the ball low during topspin ,if one has the right skill it's your opponent's nightmare it's unforgiving specially against players using short pimps, I wished if yasaka upgraded this blade to 7 pliles or 9 pliles wooden blade in future will be a fast blade and strong on smashes too,nice and decent blade
Solid quality blade. Great for looping close and mid distance. I play cpen, and one reason I like this blade is that it is not heavy and not thick (5.9mm 5 ply) - I found that if rubber + blade is too thick, then it strains my finger on the backside. Yet it is still fast enough for quality offensive shots. This blade is not THAT fast - there are many carbon/7ply out there MUCH faster, but you can be guaranteed to make quality loops (fast or control) from close to mid distance. Still, it has very formidable speed and can still be very deadly with good technique and placement. This blade does lack a little power from further away, but that is probably expected since it is 5 ply, all wood, relatively thin.
With this blade I started playing TT as a penhold grip then I change to Classic grip and still was a good blade the thing that a like more of this blade is the control . Short game keeps the ball low with good spin , block is nice with a tensor rubber . The middle of the blade is hard that gives a faster speed . Overall is a grate blade for the price I recommend the blade for player that like a grate feel for control and offensive style
advanced blade (my favourite)
nice touch, amazing speed, nice control man ! you can play from mid distance or away from table, it has got all speed. good for topspins from both forehand and backhand. dwell time is less unlike allround wood blades. my current blade
Solid blade, like any other blade takes a while to get used to but after that its a sweet ride.
I assembled this racket with a Rakza 7 soft 1.8mm and with a Bluefire M3 2mm. I have 2 months with the blade and at this moment I think it has worked well. I´m learning to use the racket.
Great Blade. Very consistent, with a very good feeling of it's speed and Block in your hand.
This blade is the best I've tried in years. I've been using the Donic Ovtcharov Senso Soft Carbon (penhold) Then I got the Yasaka Ma Lin Extra OFF blade it is so fast. I can play long distance, medium distance and close to the table. I am currently using it with the new Yasaka Rising Dragon on my FH and Yasaka Rakza 9 on my BH. It is the best combination ever. You can loads of speed with loads of control. Every offensive player can use this blade.
Blade: Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Offensive (J.T.T.A.A ver) CS
FH: Xiom Omega V Tour DF (max)
BH: Butterfly Solcion (1.9)
From all of my experience with TT blades, I used to used both carbon and all wood blades from many famous brand (DHS, Yasaka, Stiga, Xiom and Butterfly), yet I still find this blade is one of the most controlable blade yet powerful enough to finish point on close-medium distance to table plays. Im not sure how much weight mine is but it is surely lighter than Stiga Clipper WRB and it is more thinner. It is a bit thicker than Stiga Ebenholz V. However, it is more solid and has more touch. With my expereinced with this blades more than 6 months. I can safely say that it is very consistant blade that you can easily control ball placement on the table with any stroke (assuming that you got enough training). My BH rpb and FH opening loop rarely miss and it packs a lot of punch to finish point. Smashing is good but not good as those 7 plys or carbon but better than average 5 plys. It offers solid touch on push and service. Blocking is very consistant. However I never plays chop stroke as Cpen user, so I cannot really comment on that. To sum up, I think this blade is suitable on close to middle distance to table plays for offensive to control loopers. In addition, I think the price tags on this blade is reasonable to that now I buy 2 more blades for replacement.
Very nice blade. It allows you to have a good feel! No regrets buying this! The weight isn't very consistent but i took one which was 88g. Heavy but powerful. I could still respond to RPB fairly quickly. Blade vibrates a little but overall the perfect setup for me. Paired it with the new Yasaka Rising Dragon Max as FH and Yasaka Raksa 7 soft Max as BH. The only issue is the workmanship isn't as great as Nittaku blades.
Nice blade. Perfect for blocking because of tis stiffness and hardness but, amazingly, it's very very good for topspin. Speed is comparable to TB Spirit but the all-wood feeling of YEO is much better. Overall is a very good blade, stable and predictable, good for every kind of strokes. It's not hard to understand why it's one of the all time best all wood blades. Highly recommended!
I give this blade a 10/10 because i like it a lot. My YEO weights about 85 grams and i pair it with a Rakza 7 (max) and M2 (max).
It's kinda heavy for the first sessions, but i got used to it and i feel it benefits my looping/driving techniques.
I used to make a poor drive style, making the whole movement very wrong (finishing the drive with my arm close to my shoulder). A lot of mess. With YEO i got a more right style.
The sweetspot is huge, lots of power. Great feeling. Short game and blocking is Ok, but it's a blade to mainly loop/drive! A great 5ply from yasaka!
As everyone mention, the feeling. The feeling with this blade is amazing, i cant describe.
Sweetspot is almost entire blade. Mine is 87g.
Fast, medium/hard bit of flexure.
Control is the best ive tested. 9.5 for sure.
I use with Rakza7 max both sides.
I can produce monstruous spin in both slow loop or loop drive shots.My serve is very damaging. The only problem i have is flat hits but i think its more due technic/rubber than this beautiful blade.
I recommend to anyone who like to play until 2m of table, more than that i think will lack some power.
One of best 5ply allwood off blade ever. This blade is a spin moster with very very good feeling. More powerfull than my Innerforce AL/ALC with better touch. Only the sweet spot is a bit smaller than composite blade but its still pretty decent thanks to Walnut top ply and 6mm tickness.
Chose this blade around 88-90gr, the lighter ones around 82-85gr may feel hollow.
I don't see any lose of power compared to my 869gr viscaria but the 5ply allwood feeling is just the best in table tennis. Dwell time is long, the blade vibes so nicely on every single shot, its a plessure to play with.
I paired it with M1 turbo/M1/M2 and every time it was very good.
On of the best blade I ever played for blocks also.
But once again, the main feature of this blade is the feel/touch.
I own 12+ butterfly composite blades and since I've tried the YEO, I stick with it. Power + dwell time + great feel, YEO offers all of this while being a spin monster.
I ordered a JTTAA one around 88-90gr to see if it can be even better and to get a backup. I'm looking forward to Nexy Zealot also which seems to be the Nexy version of YEO.
The blade balance is great also, thats also why I prefer the YEO to Stiga Rosewwod V, Ebenholz 5 and Emerald VPS and the YEO is more powerfull also (haven't tried rosewood xo) while being more "easy" to use in short game.
And the other best thing about this blade : a fair price for a premium quality finish.
I still can't believe the price, around 45 in Europe, and you can find the JTTAA version for around 60. A professionnal version for chinese market also exists, usuall price is about 350 but I can get them for around 130 and I might consider it.
good pen hold. bad hand shake
good control. little power
nice close-to-table. bad counter loop
Ottimo telaio. Non proprio facilissimo da utilizzare. Parabola media con Donic Acuda S2 max fh e Baracuda BigSlam 1,9 bh. Grande scambio e ottimo smash, si blocca anche bene con un buon feeling. Solo un po' leggero (87gr), ottimo il manico flared. Da provare.
YEO good combination for me with Tenergy 05 on FH and Boost TS on BH. Spin is delicious like eat a cake hehehe.. about the control absolutely good for me..not to fast like a carbon but you will got feeling during your game. Very Recommended Blade. and very important is the price not too expensive :)
Hard blade, needs very good touch to play. Suitable for high level play. Fast for a 5-ply wood.
great for close to the table play, i played it about 3 weeks ago, i think the speed is off, control is very good, it also has an excellent feeling when hitting the ball, i used dhs neo skyline 3 in the fh and bryce speed on bh on this blade
Very nice blade. I've played for a long time, but I'd never owned my own paddle before. My first entry point, and I couldn't be happier. It's light, but has a large sweet spot and generates tremendous speed and spin. I can loop for accuracy and smash with power. I'm using Yasaka Rakza 7 rubber primarily.
I have this blade for 7 months now, playing 2 to 3 times a week, and for FH I use DHS Neo Skyline TG2 & BH I use 729 Focuse III Snipe. Well the light weight of the blade definetly increases it's control, but thats not it!! this blade is a beast!! it acts upon the rubbers attached to it, so if the rubber with low control the blade increases it & if the rubber with high control the blade stabilizes it. a very good choice if your thinking of buying the "Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Offensive Blade".
Was a bit disappointed with the quality of this blade. The wood grain looks like its going in 2 different directions!
Besides that, the handle is very nice.
Playing wise, I put on 2 Joola Mambo H for forehand and backhand. This rubber is a fairly slow rubber so it will influence my assessment of this blade.
This has a good solid feeling to it but it also possesses the flexibility and light-weight that a good looping blade has.
5 plies, 2 of them being hard outer plies of walnut have given this blade its attributes.
Speed-wise, I would rate the blade as being offensive, maybe slightly on the lower end of Off. Out of a scale of 10, I have rated it as 8.7 so its got more than enough power for most players. While the blade is moderately fast, the control factor is still noticeably present.
I have been able to chop quite well with this setup because Mambo H is quite a slow rubber, probably equivalent to Sriver. The blade itself is slightly flexible which also helps, but I would not recommend this blade for a defensive game.
The Extra Offensive would work well with all rubbers- whether it is soft, medium or hard like Chinese rubbers.
If you're looking for a good quality, not-so-pricey and offensive blade, I would recommend the Extra Offensive.
This blade is fast between off- and off (Bty's rates) and blade is lighter than other wood blade.
I found its feeling not firm because type of wood which make its.
Summary,Good speed and control (Not great but it's OK)and light!!
Very good control with lighting speed. Although there is a little bit weakness when far from the table, it is enough for a penhold player. Because their advantage area is close to the table.
I have been using this blade with srivers on both sides for about half an year. I just cant believe as to how much my game has improved. It just pushes you go harder and harder and eventually end up hitting the best shots you have. The loophole here is that it needs a bit of control from the player. And thats how i like it. Otherwise you would hardly feel like playing your game once reach a level with the blade. It can loop as much as you want and can block rather quick on the shorter play. The long block or blocking farther from the table is a bit of a headache as the ball doesnot take off too as you would wish. But a gentle nudge forward will see the ball go back to your opponent rather swiftly. It does give me a feel thats really satisfying. Onl complaint is that this doesnot come in straight handle model. That would be a great addition to its credentials. The grip, even now, is heartwarming with the blade jus transforming intoan extension of your hand! Overall, it is bomb not a blade, If you master it, you can just leap into higher levels of the game!
Absolutely great weapon. I had this with two sheets of LKT rubbers. Very very light, those LKT are mushy rubbers, but when I paired with this blade, I have an excellent power. I feel like using a tensor, but also has a decent spin.
This review is for the JATTA Version ONLY! regular version has alot of vibrations & not as solid as JATTA ones.
Made for spinny shots & power looping just like Ma! Great at blocking as well & has very good feel. I highly recommend this one!
EDIT (mid 2011): It is not that soft actually. I was using hard carbons before that one and this blade feels really soft comparing to carbons. But I've tryed more wooden blades and I've changed my mind - this is a medium-hard blade with low flex. After more time with Rakza on it I must say it works really good. Ok, you feel some vibrations when hit a ball but it works great except this (I actually like it more and more day by day). Tenergy works good as well so it is not suitable for chinese rubbers only. I haven't tryed it with a soft rubber yet but I guess it's flex + soft rubber is not a good combination. I recommend it with rubbers. Great blade.
EDIT (April 2012): After many many hours with this blade I can say much more about it. I have a non jttaa regular version. It is softer in comparation with most of carbon OFF blades but in the range of all wood blades it belongs to the group of harder ones. It works very well with Rakza (I must say that after all), Tenergy or Coppa X1. These rubbers are medium and make a good harmony together. DHS Neo rubbers work good as well (I don't recommend rubbers harder than 40°). I paired this blade with Palio Thor's recently and it wasn't that good for me. Thor's is a tacky, hard rubber. It is playable but hard rubbers like Thor's require more flex. I've heard the jttaa version is diffferent, don't know how it plays. Conclusion: all wood, stiif blade, low flex. Works great with medium-hard euro/jap rubbers and DHS Neo up to 40 degree sponge. If you use harder rubber, look after a mor flexible blade.
I have this blade since a month,and it's a very good blade!I recomend it for everyone!It's very fast with a lot of control.The looping is very good you can feel the ball
The YEO is a very unique, and often overlooked blade. Construction: Walnut-Spruce-Ayous-Spruce-Walnut. The outer layer is a hard wood, which gives the blade its hard feeling and trademark metal "boing" sound when a ball is bounced on the bare blade. Although the blade feels hard and is quite fast, it is also flexible and excellent for looping and drives. The blade is controllable, despite having a lot of power. Recommended rubbers: Chinese-style (like Hurricane Neo 3) and soft Tensors. Recommended to ALL offensive players looking to try a unique blade that can pack a punch. it is worth a try since it is very inexpensive. Well-crafted. reviewer's "Best Value" blade.
Fast but good for close table only. stable but strength-less while play mid-distance rallying. Make a control racket with classic rubbers. Good for beginners or close-to-table fast attacker.
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