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Yasaka Rakza 9

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The first rubber to be introduced with Yasaka’s Hybrid Energy system was the Rakza 7, which is highly valued by high class players all over the world. The latest addition to the Rakza family is Rakza 9, which has improved speed characteristics. The surface rubber of Rakza 9 has a newly developed formula/rubber combination. In addition the new sponge is made of a more homogenous material and has larger pores. Rakza 9 is the fastest of Yasaka’s Hybrid Energy rubbers and is suitable for technical offensive players, using both high speed and spin to win the point.

Speed: 102
Control: 60
Spin: 105


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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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Pros

  • Many reviewers praised the Yasaka Rakza 9 for its speed, control, and spin, stating that it is a great rubber for both forehand and backhand play. They also mentioned that it pairs well with flexible blades and is excellent for all types of strokes, including blocking, driving, and top spinning.
  • Users noted that the rubber is particularly effective for those who are backhand dominant players, allowing for powerful loops and kills. It was also mentioned that the rubber is not sensitive to opponent spin, and can generate a lot of spin on serves, making it difficult for opponents to return shots.
  • Several reviewers commended the rubber's durability and quality, stating that it is well-made and can withstand extensive use. They also highlighted that it is a good value for its price, providing a similar performance to more expensive rubbers, and is recommended for intermediate to advanced players looking to improve their game.

Cons

  • Some users found the Yasaka Rakza 9 to be too fast, especially for beginners, and recommended opting for a 1.8mm thickness as thicker versions can be too speedy. They also mentioned that it may take some time to understand and fully utilize the rubber's capabilities.
  • A few reviewers criticized the rubber for its lack of balance, stating that it lacks a good arc and the ball flies off too flat. They also mentioned that it has a low throw and high speed, which can lead to control issues, and that it is not as spinny as they expected, particularly on serves.
  • Several users noted that the rubber is not forgiving and requires good timing and footwork. They also mentioned that it can be hard to control, particularly when blocking, and that it requires a softer play to keep the ball shorter. Some also found that it shrinks significantly, even while on the blade.

Reviews of Yasaka Rakza 9 (38)

Very Spinny and FAST but heavy (red max )

***Assembly service is not very good. Rubber and blade are not sticking together after a month.
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It is my current FH rubber. Using it on BTY Balsa Carbo X5 22.
It is a very spinny rubber with good speed and enough control.
As for the speed it is fast enough in close-to-table and in mid-to-table zones.
As for Spin - very spinny. Good spin on serves, very good spin in loop, enough spin in top spin to tops spin counters.
As for the loops - opponents have problems returning it onto the table. Most of time it is going out of table. You can easily do high and slow very spinny loops or fast and low loops.
Backspins and pushes are very comfortable and controllable, the ball is not tending to go away from the table on a fast backspin return as it is on some other tensor rubbers.
Serves: you can easily do fast "Waldner" serves as well as short spinny serves

But one you should do for sure - improve your footwork and technique. In a plastic ball era, you have to work on your footwork. You can't just rely on the speed, spin, or control of the blade/rubber as it was before the plastic ball.
When I started to work on my legs I realized the potential of Rakza family rubbers
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Produces lots of speed and spin; great for intermediate players looking to improve their FH.
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Best rubber you can find. Awsome grip. Easy to spin. Terrific FH weapon but also excellent in BH. Medium to low throw. Very controllable while the speed. Excellent in all types of stokes, block, drive, top spin, and even shopping is relatively easy. Push can be managed also if you take care of the relatively high bounciness. Serves are full of spin. Not sensitive to opponent spin. Gives excellent result with flexible blades. Paired perfectly with soft outer layer off- blades such as Virtuoso off-.
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I used this rubber in my Yasaka Innerforce as forehand (sometimes twiddling it in my BH). It is very impressive with lots of carrying grip across the net. It is very fast in my BH topspin. I recommend this rubber for intermediate player who want to level up their games. And don't get me started on the price, it was well worth it!
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