Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Special - Chinese Penhold
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Several top players prefer the pure wooden blade construction, appreciating the special feel of pure wood.
EXTRA SPECIAL is a 7-ply construction suitable for aggressive close-to-the-table players. In EXTRA SPECIAL Yasaka’s experienced wood specialists combine harder inner veneers with a slightly softer middle veneer to get the right power without vibration.
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Reviews of Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Special - Chinese Penhold (15)
In terms of feeling this is a perfect blend of Clipper and YEO. Faster than both, though, which makes it more viable than those blades these days. I have 2...1 is 96g, the other 88 so i'd recommend buying from TTEUstore as they give exact weights. The heavy one feels unbelievable but will probably be mostly used for training. Low throw, crisp but not super hard feel, not much flex but a bit...i haven't tried the Barwell but if i was to make my own blade i'd use these materials.
Amazing allwood blade with great control. It is suited for offensive playing style and has more power than YEO.
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.
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.
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.