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 (137)
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.
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.
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