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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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Reviews of Yasaka Mark V (134)
Great allround rubber for players with different playstyles or a mix of defending and attacking. the loopings are okay with this rubber.
Pros: good speed and spin, more predictable than high tension rubbers, hardness 35, 46g in max, available in 1.0/1.5/1.8/2.0/max, durable and consistent, better than sriver.
Cons: will not impress anyone as it's easier to generate speed and spin with high tension rubbers. not really for beginners, more suited for players who either don't want stretched rubber or want to control how much boosting is done themselves.
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.
When I was younger (35 years ago) I used original Sriver 1.5. Three years ago I reintegrate with the sport I loved and started with Tibhhar Speedy spin, Tibhar Evolution MXP and played for 1 year with Tenergy 05 (max). I liked to play with Tenergy 05 for fun but in the competition it was to bouncy and I did not like the high (arc) throw, especially close to the table. Blocking is also very tricky with heavy incoming topspin. A very high ranked tabletennis-player suggested try Mark V from Yasaka. It has low throw, great control and lots of spin when used on the right frame. First I started with the Stiga allround carbon frame and I immediately felt tons of control but it slowed me down. I played max on the forehand and 2mm on my backhand. So I decided not to change rubbers but to change my frame and bought the ALC frame from Butterfly. (Zhang Jike ALC). Expensive but If your hobby is horse-riding and you need to buy a saddle, and the horse is not even there...., so why not. I decided to purchase the ALC blade and give it a spin. I am not going to overreact with oooh's and aaaah's but this combination is a serious weapon. Topspin and looping feels great. With chopping and blocking you have to adjust a little because of the speed.
The bal goes linear and using the right technique will reward you. Last words: everybody has his own style and thoughts about what he wants but if you have a good technique and you want feeling, a bit more dwell time, reasonable control, more speed and huge topspin to dominate your opponent buy Yasaka Mark V. All the best with your choice and have fun with playing tabletennis!
I'm new to custom paddles and buying my own rubbers. I bought this to help cut down on my power a little bit, and this does that while still maintaining good spon
I am an intermediate player with 40+ years of tournament experience. I have played with everything over the decades and can say with supreme confidence Mark V is The Rubber to choose if you don't train on a regular basis. Some people say it is slow and not spinny in this age of tensors and composite blades. This is a false assumption. If you execute proper technique this rubber delivers brilliantly. Beginners choose a thinner sponge for control on a medium speed blade. For intermediate level players choose 2.0 or max thickness. Want superb loops and great speed?..glue a new max thickness Mark V three times on OFF class blade and you will have a gift from the gods. Advanced player can stick with the expensive tensors, for the rest of us players who want superb control, fast speed and great spin (with thicker sponge) Mark V reigns supreme. You will not find a better quality rubber in it's price range. 5 Stars.
I had this as my rubber when I was still learning my strokes, no regrets :)
Great spin, control and power is balanced between spin and control so it is just perfect for intermediate players.
I've used Yasaka Mark V both sides on a Butterfly Jonyer H blade, about 10 years ago as my first custom TT racket. The combination absolutely knocked my socks off and took my game several notches up. After a 9 year break, I'm returning to the game and naturally, I took the refuge of the ever-dependable Yasaka Mark V rubbers with a new Neottec Revolution blade that my friend handed to me. I can clearly see improvement in my game day by day. The combination is working wonderfully for me. Some of my old shots are returning after all those years, and I am able to learn a new range of strokes from my coach. I can confidently say that Yasaka Mark V can do whatever you ask of it, if you have the skills and mastery over a range of strokes. Sometimes even I can't believe that I can play some shots until I have played them with this rubber. The perfect plan for me is to pair it with an all-round / all-round+ blade and to learn and master stroke by stroke under a good coach. That would be a very strong foundation for a solid all-round game for any aspiring TT player. Many thousands before me would have said it. And now, I am saying this. Yasaka Mark V is pure TT awesomeness!
The problem most table tennis players have is they feel they need to find the most reactive and tensored rubber out there to get the fastest play for their game. What they don't realize is all these "catapult effect" rubbers are extremely non linear and difficult to control without tons of coaching. If you are a player who has taken hardily any lessons from coaches and looking for a stable rubber that is easy to feel this is the best choice for you. This rubber is not going to lie to you and it will give you the shot you give it. If you're opponent blasts a rocket at you and you want to counter it aggressively you can feel assured that this rubber isn't going to launch the ball into oblivion. This rubber gets a lot of harsh criticism for being slow and it is indeed slower to the tensored junk that quickly puts people into a plateaued rating level, but it's because the speed of the ball is solely dependent on the stroke you place on the ball. If you hit hard it will go hard and if you hit soft it will go soft. period. You will climb the rating level with this rubber if you continue to use it, and you will learn how to finally feel the ball. This rubber is not just for beginner and intermediate levels but I know many advanced players as well who use this rubber pretty offensively and know the secrets behind what this powerful rubber bestows. Mark V is the only rubber out there that has feelings for you and wants you to get better, so you should reciprocate Mark V's generosity and give him a shot on your blade.
A really good rubber to learn (and thus, to continue improving your skill) table tennis! Using it on my BH side, with a lot of practice, RPB is quite easy, with correct technique especially in the back-swing moment, the amount of spin generated is great! For passive blocking it is just fine. The only thing it lacks is... speed. If you are a speed oriented player, you'll like another rubber with bigger catapult effect... Even though it is a classic rubber (from SG era) it is still worth to buy, worth to play with!
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