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.
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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 9 (33)
9.6/10 for OFF style. FH: Yasaka Rakza 9, 2.2mm, 52g (0.254g/cm^2), 50 degrees (ESN), 38.5 degrees (Shore A). BH: DHS Gold Arc 8, 2.1mm, 50g (0.247g/cm^2), 47.5 degrees (ESN), 37.5 degrees (Shore A). Blade: TSP Balsa 8.5, 80g, 157mm x 150mm x 10.5mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (3 Wood + 2 Composite): Ayous - GlassFibre - Balsa - GlassFibre - Ayous.
yasaka rakza 9 is high speed rubber, my guess it has built in tension (yasaka version btw). First time i try this rubber, it doesn't show anything that i expected as fast rubber as advertised (i used as my bh rubber). But as time flows i understand, this is really really you would have if you are backhand dominant player, who often using backhand to loop kill. As i have ever test with tenergy 64, this rubber maybe not as fast as tenergy 64 in term of initial speed. But when you engage with more power and acceleration with perfect timing that rubber will show you the real power (must have good footwork to do). Medium distance loop kill can achieve without too much thinking. As the throw angle is medium (rather low maybe) i think this rubber more suitable for backhand, and for backhand dominant player that often using backhand flick to receive either to attact, or using backhand to loop kill, i would say this rubber reccomended to try.
Excellent rubber with both control, spin and power. Pairs up really well with offensive medium stiff blade
Using a 2.0mm on my Stiga Offensive Classic WRB RPB.
Great speed, spin is pretty good too, my RPB flicks work well with this rubber.
As time passed by, the speed decreased, but the spin production capabilities are still good, so I'm quite impressed.
You have to time the ball well, not much forgiveness.
Overall, great rubber, would definitely use it again, maybe in max thickness for more speed.
Spin (European Style): 9.3
Weight: 52g in 2.2 (0.254g/cm^2)
Hardness (DHS): 38.5
Fast Loop: 9.5
Slow Loop: 9
Counter Loop: 8.9
Available Sponge Thickness: 2.0/2.2
With the right blade it is a beast. Topspin and counter, looping and counter, pushes, flicks, flat hits can do it all on this rubber. Use butterfly Zhang Jike SZLC, it is a monster.
Good for speed, spin is lacking, The throw and spin is way too low to make any good use of it on forehand. But more manageable on backhand though some inconsistencies, over rated in my opinion
this rubber is good for building style used it for a little time
good for back hand rather then forehand quite smooth pick of any spin
Fast as can be. Flat hits are easy, does not have chinese style arc., plays the table to the white line, means you have to put more effort to make it arc to hit the table on faster blades. would recommend on all + off - blades with med flex. Really good spin, average euro rubber with max speed and spin, requiring very good touch on a slower blade to get max efficient speed to actually play with intentional speed. Overall, very durable, fast, spinny and would recommend to people who want tenergy like playing or more for $25 less.
Sponge and rubber is different from rakza 7. Still a good rubber for the price like acuda.
Yasaka claims that Rakza 9 is the fastest among their Rakza range and this rubber has lived up to that badge. With proper technique and adequate skill, this rubber can produce unreal speed and extreme power to your shots. Great for forehand. I have this on Yasaka Max Carbon 3D and it is amazing. Great for looping and flat hits, throw angle is low so your opponents can't easily return your shots. The sponge is medium-hard and the built quality is excellent as it was made in Germany. Highly recommended for offensive players.
Very fast and low-throw rubber from Yasaka. Good spin but not less than Rakza7. Does everything just like Rakza7. Serves, chop, push, flick,loop, loop-drive,smash, touch-play all work very well with this rubber. Due to the speed almost all returns land on the white-line. So a much more softer play is required to keep the ball shorter. Same for blocking while it is possible more control is needed from the player. For those players not satisfied with the speed of Rakza7 this rubber is the right stuff.
Wonderful rubbers for forehand in my opinion. The only downside is that they shrink like hell even while on the blade!! Otherwise very powerful and loop friendly rubber.
Been using the rubber for almost 2yrs now. I can say thst i loved the rubber because of the different variables it can achieve. I can do variations of serves, block & counter top & side spins and lastly do some side spins near & away the table. D only things thats missing is the power of how it can do a chop. I think maybe because of it not having a tacky top sheet. As for my game play im giving it a 8/10 having 10 the highest rate.
As a big fan of Yasaka I want to try a faster rubber combined with a faster blade YASAKA GOIBAIO 5. I have this racket with rakza 9 on forehand and mark v hps on the backhand and I am very satisfied. I have this racket for the last 10 days and even is very early to tell yet this is some observations. Racket was a lot faster than my previous and the first 2-3 days I was struggling not to keep the ball as I was able to do it but I wasn't able to hold the blade as this time from straight I went to anatomic bell type. After the 4-5 day I was able to get used to hold it but also to play better. It would take me a few days or weeks to get used to it but I believe with this blade and with this rubbers I ll be able also to move forward faster. As for the rubbers very fast and very strong hit and for the spin you ll have to be a little technical if you want to succeed with a lot of speed.
Good for speed, spin is lacking, The throw and spin is way too low to make any good use of it on forehand. But more manageable on backhand though some inconsistencies. T64 is way better for backhand because it wont throw the ball flat out as often as razaka 9 does. Which is why I think due to its price, this rubber is totally not worth it. I do not agree with the ratings, a rubber must have balance, and this one is lacking a good arc, the ball flies off too flat. Speed must have spin to back it up otherwise there is no control, especially if it has a low throw and high speed, spin is even more important otherwise there are severe limitations. At an advanced level, cant really do much with this rubber due to the imbalances as I mentioned.
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