Yasaka Mark V
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Was one of the first rubber blending natural and synthetic rubbers. It is more than 2 decades that this rubber has been a strong weapon in world class championship play with its dynamic speed and spin.
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Yasaka rubbers are steeped in history dating back all the way to 1926. The flagship rubber for Yasaka has been the Mark V. Mark V burst onto the table tennis world stage in the 1970 and 1971 World Championships taking home victory in both competitions. The Mark V is still going strong today and other versions of the rubber have been produced through the following decades.
More recently Yasaka has developed Rakza rubbers which have taken innovation to another level. The shape of the pimples provides a strong balance between spin and speed. Rakza rubbers use Hybrid Energy to provide synergy between top sheet and sponge providing great elasticity for power and control.
Yasaka has many more rubbers in their product line as well. Yasaka rubbers are used by top professionals as well as players of all levels. Be like 2019 World Championship Silver Medalist Matias Falck and choose Yasaka rubbers.
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Reviews of Yasaka Mark V (142)
One can never go wrong with this rubber. It’s a classic, fo it all, affordable rubber. I recommend this to all my students, beginners, intermediate and advanced too. The best thing about this rubber is it adapts to most blades very easily and has very good control.
If youve got to the stage where youre considering buying a custom bat (separate blade and rubbers), youll probably find the vast range of rubber options bewildering... in which case I would highly recommend getting the Yasaka Mark V. Its a relatively fast rubber compared to those found on pre-made bats with great control and spin, which really allows you to go for every shot without fear of the ball flying off the end of the table. Ive been using it for a few years now and it still performs to the level it did when it was new so its highly durable and will serve you well. In summary, if its good enough for ma Lin (who used it to win multiple world titles), its good enough for an intermediate player. What I would NOT recommend is getting too fast a rubber when youre just starting out. The speed can make it very hard to control the ball and therefore you will likely become very tentative and find it difficult to play a full stroke.
I have this rubber since 1992 on an old Stiga offensive classic. At that time it was very difficult to play with it for it was very fast. I think it was the faster rubber on the market. Today i think it's possible to play with it much easily but there are so much rubbers on the market it is right buy one of them in a low thickness for the fact you can easily find. Mine are both 2.0 and it is good to block, but when you smash by backhand it's pretty uncontrollable, it's fast but you can find better and more spinny rubber even for the forehand. We can say if you are a great player you can play with it, if you are not it's better you try something else, like Donic Coppa or others with harder sponge i guess
great control rubber. I got the Rozena on the FH, which I struggled to control. However to be atleast a valuable training partner, I just use this rubber during the rallies before the games with better players and can return more consistently.
9 months in, 6 months with coaching. Rubber is great. Legendary, as it's been around for 2 decades and I can see how. Not too fast, spinny or hard to control but just perfect. Deadly when mastered, controlled to learn on.
This is just a short review, or maybe a confession. After more than 3 decades I finally back again to this sport. And several months ago, I've been testing several blades and rubbers. Yasaka Ma Lin EO Cpen, Donic Waldner Black Devils CB Cpen, DHS H301 Cpen, Donic Burn Off Cpen, Tibhar SPW FL, Xiom ZQ FL, Xiom Ice Cream AZX FL, Nittaku Acoustic Carbon FL, XVTs, Sanweis. Yasaka Mark V, Donic Bluefire M2, 729 RITC Tack Speed 2000, 729 Focus III Snipe, 729 Aurora, Palio AK47 Red/Yellow/Blue, Stiga Power LT, DHS GA8, DHS H3N National Orange, Nittaku FA G1, Xiom Vega Pro, Andro Rasant Powergrip, 729 Battle II, KTL Pro XP. That's all as long as I can remember. The main thought is I just realize the best of Mark V after I've been through with many setups of blades and rubbers, and I've made a certain big progress in my plays. At the first time I had the Mark V with Yasaka Ma Lin EO, I did not feel any special about this legend rubber. But today, I know for sure, very very sure indeed, that this rubber is a real legend. Mark V is a real "do-it-all" rubber as those said. I can execute all my strokes very well with ease. My powerloops, smashes, punches, hits, drives are fast and sharp, blockings are good, touches are easy, choppings are good also. Basically I am a penholder, but I decided to learn playing with FL too. My styles, when using Cpen I use Ma Lin's style, and when using FL I use Kreanga's style, killing with my BH. We must be at a certain step of skill untill we can use the best of Mark V can give, all the gears. So, my thought is that this legendary Mark V is not for beginners, cause beginners can not explore all the gears of Mark V. No wonder someone said so many advance players still using Mark V, and they are so good for sure, because they know how to use all the gears. That's all...
Great training rubber. Smash and spin look easy. Control could be improved using 2.0...
Great allround rubber for players with different playstyles or a mix of defending and attacking. the loopings are okay with this rubber.
Spin (European Style): 8.8
Weight: 47g in 2.2 (0.229g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 34.5
Fast Loop: 9
Slow Loop: 9
Counter Loop: 9
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.0/1.5/1.8/2.0/2.2
Personally i wasn't convinced by Mark V and Mark V Gps. I found it too fast to begin TT with, played with stiga all around classic. I even had to downgrade back to vari spin because i lacked control with it. Now with more experience i don't see the point to take this rubbers instead of an entry level tensor rubbers. Mark V is now old, not made for the new ball, not a tensor. And not even so good for beginners (i would prefer vari spin). Played in 1.8mm i think, or 2mm
I am a beginner. I used to use Vega Japan and Rakza 7 Soft. They are really fast to me on the TSP Reflex 50 OFF blade. I replace them with Hurricane H8 and Mark V and it becomes very safe to perform all kinds of technics: looping, chopping, blocking, pushing... I am very happy with this combo.
Very good control and spin. Average speed. Overall a good rubber for intermediate allround players
Yasaka Mark V is a classic rubber. The fact that it is so long on the market indicates how good the quality must be. Superb in playing topspin but also in blocking. The control is good and it has many gears. It is long lasting and always identical. Although it is not a tensor rubber, used very often nowadays, it is performing very well and still used at any level of play. This rubber can be played on all kinds of blades. From def to off+. All wood or carbon. Alc or zlc blades. It looks like it is adapting to the used blade. .)
Speed: very low (7.9).
Spin: very low (8).
Control: average (9.2).
Tackiness: slightly tacky (2).
Weight: average (46g, 0.229g/cm^2).
Sponge hardness: medium hard (52/39).
Top sheet hardness: hard (56/44).
Gears: average (4).
Throw: medium high (6.4).
Consistency: always identical (10).
Durability: lasts longer than average (6).
Top sheet thickness: average (1.7mm).
Surface thickness: average (0.8mm).
Pip length: medium (0.9mm).
Pip width: average (1.6mm).
Pip spacing: dense (0.6mm).
Overall: worst (8.4).
Value: overpriced (2).
Good rubber for all round play. Not aggressive enough for me. Can be good if you boost it.
A very good classic rubber! Just make sure you use right thickness. For me 2.0mm was a little bit to much for me. Next time i'll choose 1.8mm. Played on backhand
A perfect first rubber for custom bats! If you are a quality premade(Stiga Pro Carbon, Palio Legend) user and is looking for a step up, Mark V will not disappoint you! The rubber(2.0mm) is fast enough to finish a point on an OFF- blade(Nittaku Latika). I have never tried any rubber and like it on the first try as much as this one. Generate a good amount of spin. More spin-sensitive than premade racket but still manageable.
I have used Mark V for many years on different blades. Its a great rubber which lasts a long long time. Very versatile and all rounder. Suitable for both FH and BH. Would be a great choice for beginners to medium level players to improve consistency.
My favorite classic rubber along with Donic Coppa. This is an all time classic to be sure. I think too many players and especially developing or new players pass up this rubber in favor of the newest tensors to their game's detriment. As a developing players I used this rubber paired with a 5 Ply All+ blade and it really helped me develop my strokes and set a solid foundation to develop further. The control and consistency of this rubber is amazing and it has enough speed and spin for most recreational players. Recommended.
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