Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft
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In Rakza 7 Soft the top sheet is the same as for Rakza 7. The sponge is softer which gives the rubber more sound and built-in speed glue effect. With Rakza 7 Soft the control characteristics are improved. After hitting the ball with top spin the curve of the ball is slightly higher, giving little bit bigger margins in the game. In the short return play, the ball feel is better.
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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 Rakza 7 Soft (84)
9.4/10 for OFF style. FH/BH: Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft, 2mm, 44g (0.214g/cm^2), 39.5 degrees (ESN), 33 degrees (Shore A). Blade: Butterfly Garaydia T5000, 90g, 157mm x 150mm x 7.2mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (3 Wood + 2 Composite): Hinoki - Tamca - Kiri - Tamca - Hinoki.
Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft MAX. Excellent playing rubber. Fun to play with. Control and ball placement comes easy. Very nice touch and feel when delivering and receiving the ball. Gives you the power and speed as needed. Good for counterattacking. Compliments my Donic Waldner World Champion 89 OFF blade when blocking and everything else. Amazing rubber in the same class as Butterfly T05-FX 2.1, Donic Bluestorm Z3 2.1, and Tibhar Evolution FX-P MAX. No complaints here. GIVE IT A TRY!!!
Easy to use. Great for backhand flicks and blocks. Backhand top spin is nice and accurate. Not for chopper...
This is my second review of rakza 7 soft. Played with it for a few weeks and its amazing.use a mazunov blade,stiff and fast and the combo of this wonderfull control rubber and fast blade is a dream. Control and power are the best....feels like my development has gone ito over drive.feels like i will stick with it for a long time.
Rakza 7 soft is great....control is superb(max),spin is good and if you play a full shot speed is very good.enjoyable to play with as the extra control puts you in position to attack, which it does well.found i was doing touch shots easily and then an attack....fun but very effective.
Intermediate player here.
Apparently my experience was vastly different from most people here. This rubber had a TON of speed for me, and very few gears. Every hit was fast, I had to stay completely still on my blocks most of the time or it would fly off the table. It also has a very high amount of spin, especially on slower balls.
But I had VERY LITTLE control with these rubbers. I struggled a lot just to get the ball on the table. The throw angle felt very low, which threw me off a lot and I never quite got used to it. Beyond that, it's so fast that a lot of my balls would go off the table.
If you're very experienced and just want a ton of spin and speed, this is worth trying out. If you're looking for a rubber for your first custom paddle, I'd consider something with more control. I tried the DNA Pro M after these and it made a world of difference for me. Surprisingly they are much slower, with almost as much spin, and a very high amount of control.
Red Max on a 729 V-6 blade. I've tried this for about an hour of warming up (will play more soon). On forehand it's easy to loop and brushloop, but the top spin effect isn't so great compared to Chinese rubber such as Big Dipper, Hurricane 2/3 NEO etc., but control is super. Quite slow though. 200207: Now I have this in black, Max, on my back hand. This is a much nicer experience. Soft and slow. Easy to top spin. The ball sinks into the sponge and makes the dwell time long. Easy doing backspin serves as well. The only down side for me, is that it's quite heavy in Max sponge. I'm coming from using 729 Focus III Snipe on backhand, that is very light compared to this Rakza 7 Soft. I also tried the Tibhar Aurus Sound in 2.1mm Black to see if it was better than R7S for me, but sadly it was a tad worse in most ways.
On backhand, coming from 729 Focus III Snipe, it's even softer than the F3S H42 sponge. The grip is much better, and it's quite easy to flick and top spin. Blocking is extraordinary easy. The balls just sinks into the sponge, and very rarely it goes too long.
For me, this is a backhand rubber with quite good spin and superb control. Weight cut, Max: 49g
Love this rubber. Can throw a good spin and a loop. Needs little time to gain control though
Has to be the best rubber ever, it doesnt like knocks as its so soft but I love it so much and its lasted a good few months with no degradation in performance just badly damaged leading edges. I replaced the original tape with the widest I could get to protect the rubber which seems to have helped it last.
I simply love the feel, and the way big loops on f/h and b/h fly is a delight let alone winning points. Teamed with Donic Waldner cordon dotec gives a great combination, beating players I couldnt get near to before.
Very good rubber with power spin. Nice to pair with hard and fast blades. Enjoy that
Ratings for 2.2mm. Similar to tenergy fx, a bit easier to use. Better price. 44g.
Compared to Yasaka Rising Dragon, this rubber is softer, slightly slower, and much more controlled. I use it for reverse penhold backhand and I could immediately feel that my BH blocks were much more stable. Huge plus since most people hammer my backhand since I'm penhold. I did notice that my BH drives were going into the net initially -- I believe this is because it's slightly slower than the Rising Dragon. But when you start looping, the rubber does pick up in speed. For looping, the throw angle is about the same as the Rising Dragon, if not slightly higher. Far away from the table, you can definitely see the high arc. This rubber is much more forgiving on the timing of the stroke when looping away from the table, so it felt like I could just swing my arm and the ball would go on.
Overall, I think this rubber is a very good value rubber with high control, medium to high throw, and medium speed. It will help my BH be a lot more controlled both on looping and on blocking.
Note: the rubber is slightly more fragile than the Rising Dragon, so it crumbles a bit more easily on the edges if you don't have edge tape.
My rubber journey began with Mark V on an all wood bat which gave me enough confidence to explore stroke technique and get excited about table tennis. Along this journey I switched to a faster bat (Rossi Emotion) and put Hurricane III Neo rubbers on it, and it seemed like a great combination for me, even if a carbon bat is serious overkill for a beginner. This setup was used through a period where I progressed quickly - so this is the setup I will have to compare anything new to.
I put Rakza 7 Soft on a new Joola Air Fibre blade - using tensor rubbers immediately had me overshoot the table and put balls in the net, so I took off the Forehand Rakza and put back my Hurricane III. Immediately the Hurricane felt lifeless and dead compared to Rakza, but I magically kept balls on the table. But having had a taste for how awesome, springy and spinny Rakza was for serving and looping, I am now considering taking the plunge and just revert to all tensor rubbers and hopefully get used to them over time. I am testing Tenergy 05, Tenergy 80 and Stiga Genesis II (s) as well. (My coach is encouraging me to stop using slow rubbers on fast blades and instead use slower all-wood bats and put tensor rubbers on them.) I am not good enough to really evaluate rubbers in finer detail, but I can say that serving with Rakza7 is amazing and using it on my backhand seems to work well - with enough of an arc to clear the net when I expect it.
Spin (European Style): 8.9
Weight: 44g in 2.2 (0.217g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 33
Fast Loop: 9
Slow Loop: 9
Counter Loop: 9
Available Sponge Thickness: 1.8/2.0/2.2
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