Yasaka Rising Dragon
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With the new rubber RISING DRAGON Yasaka has successfully combined not only the advantages of the chinese sticky surface but also the renown qualities of speed and touch from japanese rubber technology.
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This rubber promises a lot and then delivers a final product that's high priced like a current generation tensor, and plays like 2010 Haifu Blue Whale 2 or Tibhar Grip-S. Except without the speed. Unlike the Hurricanes or Skylines, it lacks a "killing gear" and feels mushy compared to traditional Chinese rubbers.
Sanwei Target National is a much better interpretation of "Chinese Topsheet plus fast sponge"
This rubber is tacky. The control and speed are adequate. Great for producing quality spins and flat hits. I use this in my BH, with the max sponge thickness, on the Yasaka Dynamix 17 and it elavated my game to a new level. The only downside for me is that it collects lots of dirts and dusts easily, so always have your cleaning sponge handy. This rubber is made in China and it kinda feels like a Chinese Rubber in my opinion. Great rubber overall.
Black rubber is 5grams HEAVIER than Red rubber ! Yasaka description is correct for this rubber. China spin, Euro speed and Japan touch. But all the properties are EQUAL in measure ! :-/ :-)
So rubber is not too spinny that you can't play. Rubber is not too fast you can't feel the ball. Rubber not too reactive that you can't block.
Player MUST put all the effort to play very well with this rubber. Rubber will not solve anything by magic.
Those looking for H3N or Chinese rubber replacement, please avoid and instead try Yasaka Shining Dragon or go for the cheaper 729 / Palio/ Haifu / Globe / DHS etc traditional rubbers.
Rubber is very consistent and very durable. But Euro player wont like it, Chinese wont want it, and Japan player wont use it. So this rubber not for all players.
the most perfect rubber I have ever played except for h3 national version.spin is just perfect . not too hard for classical chinese rubbers. speed is enough for attack .really sensitive incoming spin . blocks are very hard to do(not for blockers because of its spin capasity).not too heavy but not light consider this. perfect harmony of japanese and chinese. congratulations yasaka. shining dragon version slower but tackier
I used my rising dragon with ma lin soft carbon and it is amazing. I can serve fast short and spinny serves in one. This rubber is really good at everything. The only thing is that the rubber drags alot of dust to it, so cleaners should be bought too. The tackiness is not too tacky which I is perfect for me. Areally good rubber. Thank you Yasaka!
Never paying $50 for a made in China rubber again. This rubber promises big and falls short. It's a bit squirrelly and doesn't deliver the short game or the massive brush loop spin that classic chinese rubber does. Neither does it deliver the consistent topspin of ESN products. Many different $20 sheets Chinese rubber + a little booster will outplay this product's factory tune. And you'll likely have stronger brush loops, a better shortgame and potentially more predictable performance.
Rubber is a bit slow if you are mid range player. But i like it on backhand for just close to the table blocking and backhand loop.
Very good rubber! Indeed Yasaka finally managed to combine a tension sponge and a chinese style tacky topsheet, and the combination feels really good. Monstruosly aggressive and spinny, yet very well behaved while blocking, serving and playing short pushes over the table. If your training can manage the tricky control and unforgiving throw angle, this is a top choice both for FH and BH.
I got this in red, max sponge. It creates a LOT of spin, but has a medium throw angle. It may seem hard to play with at first because it feels Chinese, but with a low throw. The sponge is Japanese, and it feels nice after being broken in. I used mine for 10 months, ~500 hours, and it still worked pretty well towards the end of that time. It serves well, but not at the level of hurricane. It is tacky, but not as much as other Chinese rubbers. However, the Japanese sponge allows the ball to sing in to the topsheet and sponge enough to create extremely spinny loops and pushes. It is medium fast. I'd say it is similar in speed to Rasant Grip, slightly more speed than Xiom Vega Europe. It also has a lot of touch and control. A very good do it all rubber, it is not fast enough to prevent you from being able to play a slow game, and it has enough top end speed for an all-out offensive game or an effective put-away shot. However, I would think it is more suitable for offensive players- if you want the spin and not the speed, try something like Spinlord Marder. Yasaka Rising Dragon is for those who want to play with maximum spin, a good amount of speed, but who don't want to use a completely Chinese rubber. It is also good for those who generally play offensively but vary their game and the speed a lot due to it's touch and control.
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