Yasaka Rakza 7
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Yasaka, uses mainly natural rubber for the top sheet. This improves the level of grip and the power of spin drastically. The top sheet is combined with the new Power Sponge. The top sheet and Power Sponge work in perfect synergy, producing the Hybrid Energy rubber Rakza 7. When the player hits the ball hard, the rubber grips the ball and the stroke can be used to place the ball accurately, both in direction and length. The serve and short returns are very sharp and easy to handle. Due to the increased percentage of natural gum the durability is improved. A winning combination!
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Reviews of Yasaka Rakza 7 (100)
Very controllable and yet very fast rubber. Plays like a speed-glued Mark V, so for those old enough, you will remember the feeling when you play. Does not have the bouncy effect of Tensor rubbers, neither the sensitiveness to spin of Tenergy and similar artificially grip enhanced rubbers. Lots of spin on serves which can be made short and spinny due to lack of bounciness and natural rubber grip. Same applies to short game. I play japanese penhold and these characteristics favor the penhold game style combined with power drives and hits. By the numbers of reviews I see that I am late trying this rubber, but I see why it is so popular. A rubber that mimics a speed-glued Mark V feeling can only be a success.
I have used this for 2 years and it is the best rubber I have played with. I use it on my BH (1.8mm) and FH (2.0mm). It has the best control, good speed and good spin. It is great for serves, loops, blocking, pushing, basically everything. I am a close to the table player so I have not used this from a far distance. Tenergy 05 is ok compared to this but I feel that it is too bouncy and a little harder to control. Rakza 7 is also much better at smashing than Tenergy. Not to mention how expensive Tenergy is. I have also tried Rakza 7 soft but that rubber is a little too soft and slow for me. It also doesn't last as long as the edge chips away much quicker than regular Rakza 7.
Back in 1988 (when you had a 38mm ball and 2 choices in rubber -Sriver EL or Mark V) I used Jonyer H paired with Mark V rubbers (2.0 black BH and max red FH). Mark V was a terror with the 38mm ball. With that combo, I would topspin on both flanks anything and everything on either side. I was also 25 years younger and won a bunch of local competitions. Fast forward to 2016, and I decided to play table tennis again. My old combination was lacking power for the 40mm ball. Younger players were overpowering me. I decided to upgrade. Bought a new butterfly Liu Shiwen& newer rubbers. Decent blade but affected my looping, topspin game. Then I read an article from a famous chinese coach about how to keep the older OFF blades but simply change the rubber to newer tensors. I decided to go find the correct combination of newer rubbers for my Jonyer H FL(with the compact head). After some research and testing, I found the Mizuno Q3 2.1mm for my FH and Rakza7 2mm for my BH. Paired with the newer rubbers, I am beating players half my ageplaying tenergy05. Rakza7 feels like a tensored Mark V. It has that clicking sound, has good speed and amazing spin. But is quite insensitive to incoming spin (even better than Mark V). It has a distinct advantage in this dept. Hence my BH has Rakza7. All my opponents ask me about what equipment I use, and I show them my Jonyer H with Rakza7 and it still works. Looping machine, fast and light with amazing control. I move my opponents all around the table, and it can do everything - attack, loop, smash, block, chop and drop shots. And yes, it loops like a tensored Mark V for the 40mm ball. I could even use it on my forehand. And the price is 1/2 of tenergy05, which I found to be too sensitive to incoming spin. If you play with a player using tenergy05, use Rakza7 and generate a lot of spin, they have a lot of problems controlling the ball, hitting haywire shots everywhere. Tenergy05 is only for professional players (not club level players).
Excelent backhand rubbers. Top spin, flick, smash, even chop. You can do almost any stroke wtih this rubber. It's a keeper for me...
Spin (European Style): 9.1
Weight: 47g in 2.2 (0.233g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 37.3
Fast Loop: 9.3
Slow Loop: 9
Counter Loop: 8.9
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.8/2.0/2.2
High speed and spin with great control. I'm an allround player I liked it's control but it's too fast for me. My first 2 hours playing so far and I hit a lot too long shots. Because of it's speed, I'm not very happy with blocking. Very good to open the game after backspin shots due to it's high spin, very good on spiny offensive hits. Excellent rubber for aggressive players!!!
This is a fantastic rubber, i use 2.0mm on german korbel. The rubber is fast, short pushes , short game, mid distance loop is super.i would not recommend on very hard or very stiff blades as the rubber is medium hard.
The bouncy short game issue with tensors and tenergy is not here. This is not a tensor rubber
Hard medium, medium angle, high spin, little reactive to incoming spin, good construction quality, consistent, good in blocks, I like more in FH than BH, grabs the ball, high control, is not very fast, really light compared to other rubbers, good feeling, very good
Great allround rouber with enough potential for attack. I am playing razka 7 in 2,0 mm on BH. I was looking for a substitute for my addidas p7. Interimswise I played shinning dragon 2,0 mm on my BH. Shinning dragon is good, but razka 7 is even better. I do have good control in block, conter, chop although the razka 7 is quite fast. Topspin against backspin is good. I think I found my preferred BH rubber.
I'm using Rakza7 2.0mm on my FH on a Nittaku Acoustic blade.
This rubber is very fast and veeeery spinny, especially on serves. The rubber is still pretty controlable.
The sound is amazing too.
Tried many offensive rubbers and I can not find anything better for the price.
It's a good rubber especially if you used it with long pips, because its high spin.
Great tenergy 05 alternative with exceptional close to net play. wonderful at blocking and receiving spinny serves .U can make a lot of spinny serves plays like a tenergy 05 with less speed but more spin and great control.Initially started using on the forehand and as my forehand got better and better transitioned from medium hard to hard rubber battle 2 and started using this rubber on BH where it performed very good. Highly durable rubber great grip on polyballs excellent for BH. u can play close to table far away from table with same response.My blade is YEO Power 7 hard blade but flexible one with great looping ability.This is my match set up battle 2 on FH and Rakza 7 on BH. Works great for me
once rakza 7 wears off will try the shining dragon on the BH.
DEC ,2017,Brilliant rubber....most players in my club now use this.Consistency is the middle name of this rubber.Started using it on the Recommendation of my friend .Takes few hrs to show full potential.
Update-This is my go to rubber now.Great in fast loops(medium arc ,much less than Tenergy 05),flat hits,serves,returns.Its mind blowing in blocks,when I stand close to the table and block people ask me if I am using ''anti-spin rubber''-as the control is amazing.Update(17-June-2018)-using it again on Rossi Emotion Joola blase....pushing/chopping is amazing,pushes are just too fast,deep if you wish and very low.Best push I ever did with any rubber.I use it on BH,on FH I use Tenergy 05.
Got two R7 recently and they are really different from the old R7, less power/control and the sponge pore seemed to be bigger...not sure what's happened to R7 but I'm concerned about the quality control and don't think I will come back to it again.
This is my favorite backhand rubber now, better than the soft version. Red 2.0mm weighs @ 46.1g cut, Speed=8.8. spin=9.5. control=9(BH). grip=9.2. throw=med. hardness=6.5. Flicks=easy & spinny. feel=solid. overall=9.5. Serve return has good control, feel & spin. easy to lift backspin. better than R7 Soft. Best rubber for BH on most blades
This was my favorite rubber for a long time. It's a great rubber that does everything really well with great control and consistency. I had it paired with my Nittaku Acoustic 5 Ply wood blade on both the FH and BH sides and felt they were an excellent match as a developing 2 winged looper. Even by today's standard I consider it to have excellent spin and good speed. While it can be used either on the FH or BH sides I think it is slightly better on the BH side with a rubber with a slightly higher throw angle on the FH side. The throw height I would consider to be medium. Not as spinny or good at looping as Tenergy 05 but stronger in the short game and a more balanced rubber. Overall an excellent attacking rubber for offensive players who value control in their game.
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