Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon - Chinese Penhold

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MA LIN SOFT CARBON has the same outer veneer as the famous EXTRA blade. Its medium soft characteristics is appreciated by players who want increased ball feel.

In SOFT CARBON Yasaka is using a special, very thin Carbon fibre to improve the speed and enlarge the Sweet-spot.

Together with the thicker wooden middle veneer it gives good power.

The combination of the “power part” (carbon+thicker middle veneer) and the softer outer veneer makes Ma Lin SOFT CARBON the perfect choice for power players who need a good ball feel for best performance.

Speed: 92
Control: 83
Ply: 7 (5+2)
Weight: 89 g

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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on November 13, 2017
So this was my earlier blade when i started playing after 8 years.Now after reading a lot of blogs and getting educated i read a interesting info that chinese players get high flex blades and apply polyurethane to the top layers to make the wood harder and more stiff without loosing the
looping ability.So i wanted to practically apply this info so i applied miniwax fast dry oil polyurethane (home depot 8 0z 11 dollars) total 5 coats on either side to this blade with a cotton cloth and rub the oil into the blade(great instructions by tommyzai) and after 5 coats surface very smooth and hard so sanded with fine 220 dry wet sanding paper and applied my h3neo 2.2 on BH and Skyline 3 neo on FH. Then i tried it at my club vow,it sounded like a pro blade with the same sound which we hear in youtube videos now i can feel what all the pros do probably they too apply the polyurethane to their blades.Also the blade lost a little bit of flex but has become stiff and hard great for block and rebounds.The looping ability has not been lost and it still is there as this blade is a great looping blade.

WIth this technique the ball sinks into the hard sponge with more effect .blade has transformed from off minus to off but the springiness has decreased a bit and improved the close to net play.Reason for applying the oil based polyurethane,it makes the blade more hard and stiff without loosing the looping ability,easily penetrates the wood and prevent wood splintering and water penetration and protects the wood its the best.can be easily removed with sanding with 100 grit sanding paper if needed and the needed hardness can be easily adjustedThe oil has VOC in it so after applying it leave it to dry adequately before applying the rubbers,It will protect ur blade for 5 to 8 yrs post application so u dont ,need to apply lacquer again while changing the rubbers,apply once and forget it. Prevents water from water based glue from increasing the blade weight.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on May 17, 2017
I bought this blade and I must say that Yasaka is really doing high quality blades.The rubbers I had on was FH Yasaka Rising Dragon Max, BH Yasaka Rakza 7. My backhand has really become great with the blade. It has the perfect speed for me and feeling. My first and last carbon blade. The best carbon blade for me. I wish I could sponsor with Yasaka because of their high quality products.
I will never switch blade and want to become a professional player.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on December 27, 2016
Was my first blade as I was afraid to go straight into the carbon and my choice was proven good. Nice blade fast in the beginning but after a few games I had very nice control and was fast enough for my taste.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on August 5, 2015
Not as slow as some people say it is. I used my friends cpen blade and it has H3 on both sides. Pretty fast, especially for the fh loop. Requires a full swing.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on December 17, 2014
Current Setup:

FH: Xiom Sigma I Euro Max Black
BH: Tibhar Norm 1.7 Red

At first, I bought this blade because it is on sales (c. $50) and want to try carbon-fibre OFF- blade which is suitable for my style (2-wings looper) hoping for excelent feeling from carbon-fivre and enlarged sweet spot.

First Glance: I find that the blade weight is not too heavy and not too light (approx 85g). The blade itself has smooth finish at racket face, but it has rough finishing on the handle. When hitting a ball, it has a lot vabration if it does not hit at the center of the racket. I think the racket sweet spot is too small for carbon-fiber blade (IMHO, the sweet spot is less than ordinary wood blade at the same price). The control is ok and the blade itself with Xiom Sigma I Euro is not very fast but still acceptable.

FH Loop: The blade provide needed dwell time to openning loop in close to the table game and generating needed spin in the low arc. In killing loop, it has enough speed to finish the game with enormous spin. IMHO, you will need extra effort to finish point in long-distance looping.

FH Smash/Flick: This is the depart ment where the the flex blade does not excel with. The blade can really smash but it does not produce enough speed without enough effort to killing the game.

BH Loop: With current setup, it does very easy to do opening loop against back spin. However, BH loop is no go to finish the point (Without return error from opponent) for this combination of rubber and blade.

BH Smash/Flick: Since I use RPB for opening loop and positioning, I does not use my BH to finish game.

Chop/Push: This blade can provide good control in short game, even it has some vibration on it, but I think it is a advantage to play low power shot/in the table shot.

In summary, I think this blade is suitable in short-play in the table game. It is a good OFF- blade with considerable price and finishing quality.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on May 17, 2014
A carbon blade with good control. Hard to add spin to the ball.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on August 28, 2013
I handpicked one with 89 gr weight (ST). A Very good controlled offense blade. Glue some of the latest Tensors (eg. Bluefire, Evolution or even Tenergy) and you get a great looping setup. Handle and balance is also very good. Similiar quality to other Yasaka blades.

I don't understand why some reviewers are so dissappointed. It's rated OFF- and it's a very good OFF- blade. One can compare it to Korbel and it is at least as good.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on November 13, 2011
Balance carbon with medium speed.
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on April 19, 2011
Very disapointed blade...
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 External Review for Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon on January 15, 2011
i dont mind spend money on blade, but 60 dollars is too much for this one. soft, not enough power, want soft weak power blade,maybe ok for you.but there are some soft and powerful blade out there , why pick this one. i am sorry too say that, this is a gabarge! thank you for reading.
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