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I do not know how to describe this monster of a rubber but i'll try. First let's speak about its pros. Spin: This is almost the same spin as H3 Neo. Flicks? Easy. Loops? Super easy. Serves? No one in my club can receive my serves besides my coach. Speed: With this rubber you can achieve high amounts of speed because of the hard sponge but its tacky so you can also play very good short games with this. It is a bit slower than Omega V Asia. Control: It is very controllable because it is tacky and also you can do blocks particularly easily. If you play it on backhand you can also play passive with this rubber but when it comes to forehand you have to play very active. The only con is that you have to adjust your angle for it to go to the table. 10/10
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This is a really good rubber that have so many gears. I used yasaka rakza x, and yasaka valmo rubbers previously. For me z series is better since have less unpredictable catapult effect, and all shots have more feeling and consistency, with more spin and control. Sticky topsheet makes serve and receive/short game much easier and understandable in comparing with tensor rubbers. I also have nittaku sieger pk 50 witch is also nice, but need more time to work on it for better understanding. Overall these rubber can be useful for any type of players from beginner to very good level, you just need to pair it with a right blade - not super stiff, and hard :)
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It got sticky to the fingers in the summer. Not a good material. I would not buy it anymore.
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I have a friend that use this rubber and I am going to give a perspective from the other side of the table. We play togehter 3 times a week and he is changing his rubbers many times during the seson. He is older then me. I am 19 yo and he is like 50+. He is not old, but he is older and his age is not a positive thing when you have long rallys and play side to side. Anyhow because his not so fast and agressive he is playing with controll and spin. He change from Rakza X to Z and i am feeling a big difference. Is is more comfortable and chill when he plays and the trust his rubber. Before hi was playing agressive and missed a lot of point because of that. But now he is getting point because the spin and his placement.

I think this rubber is for people who like to control the table and play with spin and placement. You dont usely open first but you can do if your footwork is good that day. You like to block and place the ball one/two times before you finish the ball. Perfect for a little bit slower pople. (With all the respect)
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Rakza Z is a very fine hybrid rubber with sticky surface rubber and elastic sponge. It beats all other hybrid rubbers that I tried. It is a little more tacky than BTY D09c and feels softer. It is easier to play than D09c. Rakza Z has the right amount of tackiness. You will not feel the difference if you switch from ESN rubbers like MXP. You can still serve long with this rubber like a T05. The tackiness help in serving short, short return, and small stroke for slow spinning loop. And you do not need to boost it. This rubber rocks.
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really fast rubber and kinda hard to control but pretty good spin maybe good for all wood blade
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First i tried this on my friend's Viscaria. He was playing this rubber intensively for about 6 month and grip/spin was great. Rubber was not tacky anymore, but grip and durability was insane for this time! I was shocked because my Tibhar MX-P felt dead after 3 month with almost no spin, 1 ball from 5 just drop off from rubber.
I like balance and linear predictive arc on Z. It was a bit springy on Viscaria but very stable.
There is no catapult like on Tenergy or MX-P, u need to be ready to shot more forward with your hand.
Now i am playing with TIbhar ForcePro Black Edition with this rubber on FH.
It is a bit slow, if Tibhar MX-P and Tenergy are off+ rubbers, this one is true off.
But this speed will give u much more stability and more balls on table.
I lost so many points with MX-P because of crazy catapult, with Rakza Z i feel much more confident!
This rubbed is insane and easy on FLAT shots.
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Comparison of Rakza Z and Rakza Z Extra Hard:

Rakza Z
Weight: 74 grams (approximate uncut)
52 grams cut to a size of 157x150mm
Speed: Off+
Thickness: Max
Hardness: 50 -52 degrees approx.

Rakza Z Extra Hard
Weight: 76 grams (approximate uncut)
54 grams cut to a size of 157x150mm
Speed: Off+
Thickness: Max
Hardness: 53-57degrees approx.

I was excited to test the rubbers since I heard they have a tacky topsheet. I opened the packaging and the rubbers have a plastic sheet covering sticking to the topsheet. I opened both the Rakza Z and Rakza Z Extra Hard and I could tell immediately that it is semi-tacky. I wiped the topsheets of both rubbers with wet sponge because I wanted to see how tacky it is after the initial cleaning. I can say that the tackiness or stickiness of the rubbers is not in the level of Chinese rubbers. The Yasaka Do rubber that Yasaka had before in their arsenal was way extremely tacky and was one of the tackiest rubbers I have encountered. The tackiness is lesser than that of the Hurricane 3 or Rising/Shining Dragon rubbers. I could compare the tackiness near to DHS Tin Arc rubbers or Stiga Genesis rubbers. The 2 rubbers are distinguished by their sponge colors. The regular Rakza Z has a creamy white sponge while the Rakza Z Extra Hard has an orange sponge. The pores are quite small or minute compared to the pores of Yasaka Rakza 7 rubbers. I know that Yasaka advertised both rubbers with a range of hardness but with my personal estimate and comparison with other ESN rubbers, the regular Rakza Z felt about 50 or 51 degrees while the Rakza Z Extra Hard felt it was like 55 degrees. The topsheet like other 50 degree or harder rubbers has a short pimple structure reminiscent of Chinese rubbers.

Speed

Both rubbers are very fast. The speed is evident on both rubbers the moment you do forehand to forehand drive warm up drills. I would say that the speed is evident because personally, the Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon is not a super fast blade. I would rate it as an Off blade and not an Off+ blade. It is more of a controlled looping blade with a medium-soft feel and flex. When compared to the Rakza 7, the regular Rakza Z is faster with an obvious gap. I would say the speed of the regular Rakza Z is comparable to the Rakza 9 regular. The Rakza Z Extra Hard is even faster since the very hard sponge has a lot of speed potential when you know how to compress the sponge properly in your shots. If you compare it with Tenergy rubbers, the regular Rakza Z seems faster than Tenergy 05 but slower than Tenergy 64 while the Extra Hard version seems like equal or faster than Tenergy 64.

Spin

The Rakza Z rubbers are one of the spiniest ESN rubbers in the market right now. If the Rakza Z series has a very obvious characteristic, it is spin and tons of spin. I believe the rubbers in the market have evolved to having semi-tacky/full tacky from just being grippy. I have told people about this story that happened years ago. I suggested to a rubber company with ESN rubber products that maybe they can produce a rubber that has a tacky or semi-tacky topsheet over an ESN sponge. You get the spin of a Hurricane 3 rubber while having the speed of fast ESN rubbers. The idea got rejected saying that it was not good or practical, rubbers would lose speed and such. Nowadays, ESN sponges are going on the harder spectrum with some even reaching 60 degrees with sticky or tacky topsheet. I have 2 points on this situation. One is that the way to go if you wanted a higher amount of spin for rubbers, you would need to be tacky. Having a hard sponge and short pip structure sometimes affect the amount of spin produced if the topsheet is not tacky. I have tried very hard rubbers with same pip structures but are not tacky, the spin is way less and also you would need to compress the sponge harder just to produce a good amount of spin. Second, I think this is a way also to go into the path of having a faster Hurricane 3-like rubber. DHS Hurricane 3 is not easy to use even if you have the skills but did not boost it because
It takes a lot of effort to produce speed even at higher levels. So I am seeing rubbers that have Chinese rubber-like characteristics but with speed or power that an ESN rubber offers or what we call having “hybrid properties” having the best of both worlds. To compare the spin, both rubbers have more spin than Tenergy 05. Both are as spinny as Hurricane 3 with a higher arc. The regular Rakza Z has a slightly higher arc than the Extra Hard version. If I compare it to Tenergy 05, both rubbers have a lesser arc when doing loops. I looped the balls both underspin and topspin with almost a closed angle and it was not hard to lift especially underspin balls. Both rubbers are excellent in both serving and pushing strokes. The tacky topsheet emulates pushing underspin balls like using a Chinese rubber or serving using one.

Control

I was intrigued that I saw a video seeing the Rakza Z rubber users having difficulty in controlling the rubbers. I removed the rubbers from the Ma Lin Soft Carbon and place it in a hinoki carbon-aramid blade that is on the off+ speed just to check and verify. The combination is sure very fast with the Rakza Z Extra Hard edging the regular version by a few notches. The combination was very bouncy and in my opinion, it takes a bit of skill to fully control the Z series rubbers if you are using a very fast blade like pure carbon blades that are stiff and fast. You would see the ball fly out of the table. However, I see 2 simple solutions on this issue. One, having tacky topsheets, it is better to use the Z series rubbers with a closed angle like when looping with a Chinese rubber. Two, use an off level blade that has more flex. Rubbers nowadays are already very fast so using super fast carbon blades is not that practical anymore. When blocking, you needed to have a closed angle also with the 2 rubbers. The topsheet like any other tacky rubber has some sensitivity to incoming spin that is why it takes a bit of advanced level of skill.

Smashing

It is not as hard to smash balls compared to using Hurricane 3 rubbers. I find the Extra Hard version more powerful to smash with while the regular version is more user-friendly. Both rubbers are outstanding in smashes and spin drives.

Overall Impression

Both the Rakza Z and Rakza Z Extra Hard rubbers are for advanced level players. If you really wanted to use these 2 rubbers but is still learning the basic strokes, I would choose another Rakza rubber like Rakza 7 or to some extent a thinner version of Rakza Z like 2.0mm or thinner if available. Overall, the rubber is surprisingly outstanding and was not expecting to be just another “meehhh” rubber produced by ESN.
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Very good rubber for fh/bh, tried both in max & 2.0 but 2.0 suits me better because these rubbers are pretty heavy. This rubber is good for FH but ultimately served me as a stepping board to china rubbers. It's my favorite bh for hinoki blades, though. Controlled and very spinny though not super fast, plenty fast enough. It has very good short game, flicks and is good for all kinds of spin play, very nice spinny looping with beautiful arcs. It can even chop pretty good. Kinda high throw, I don't like high throw on fh but I do on bh. I think Yasaka did a great job with this hybrid-style rubber. It's hard but it doesn't feel that hard because of the tack in it.
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To me it felt like a H3 Neo with less speed. Good control but didn't suit me. Better go with nittaku sieger pk50.
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Been using Rakza Z on FH and BH for 2 months now together with Ma Lin Extra Offensive blade. Previosly used rubbers: Rakza 7 Soft, Rakza X, Stiga Calibra LT and DHS Hurricane 3.

Pros:
+ The first thing that I need to mention is the spin/tackiness. The spin that you can generate while looping, backspins and serves is crazy. Scooping up a low ball with a loop is really easy, the rubber grips the ball like no other rubber I have tried. My serves have improved a lot because of the additional spin that the rubber provides.
+ Control. My loops have never been this consistent. Even if the rubber is fairly hard it's easy to place the ball where you want it. I would say that Rakza Z is right between really fast rubbers with little control and really slow rubbers with a lot of control. Returning serves and blocking is a lot easier because of the ball placement the rubber offers.

Cons:
- High throw. Doesn't necessarily have to be a con, but you need to be ready to angle your blade more horizontally because of the tackiness, otherwise your loops will be too high or go too far.
- Speed. If you are looking for a fast rubber then you will be slightly dissapointed. I'm not saying that Rakza Z is a slow rubber, combined with the right blade it can generate good speed, but you will need to hit the ball hard to achive speed for killing shots.
- Weight. A bit on the heavy side, especially if you are using a heavy blade too. For me this is actually a + since my strokes are more controlled when using heavier equipment, not sure why Im putting this under "cons"..

Summary:
Considering the price, spin, tackiness and control this is an amazing rubber. If you have a controlled attacking style(not that asian robotic full on attacking style) then this is the rubber for you. Serves, loops, sidespins and underspins are beautifully executed by this rubber. Would recommend combining Rakza Z with an all wood blade, since a carbon blade would take away the control.
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Phenomenal rubber, as it's meant to be the best of both worlds, the tackiness from China and Euro/Japanse springy spong.This rubber makes chiquita really easy and opening on backspin too. Bloks are better if active, smashes are direct with a lot of control and speed. Very sensitive for incoming spin active push will solve this. Easy to change on different blade because this rubber does not shrink. I suggest to use this rubber on a soft and flexible blade, it works really well on my Butterfly Innerforce ZLC. I can hear the carbon is more easily activated from the crispy sound and the power kick. I tried it on a Butterfly Timo Boll ALC and it didn't work well, it was too fast and had bad dwell and feeling etc. Before this I used DHS GoldArc 8 also an ESN rubber, it had similar speed, hardness and control without the tackiness therefore Rakza Z is more grippy. I use the Rakza Z on my backhand, because I attack more with my backhand and use my wrist. As allways if you can't use the wrist on any tacky rubber use non-tacky rubber.
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Played on TB ALC ,black,FH.Very unusual rubber.Fast,ultra spinny.Will update soon.
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The best that has happened to mankind since Apollo 11 landed in Mare Tranquillas
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El mejor caucho que he usado hasta la fecha y a un precio muy razonable, excelente para el juego corto por el nivel de control y para el topspin genera una agarre fantástico en la bola, haciendo el golpe muy efectivo. Lo uso en ambos lados con un madero Amulart ZL (Butterfly), para mí una perfecta combinación.
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Great Rubber for backhand loopers.
Simply the greatest so far for my backhand spin
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I have been using as a forehand, has a nice control and generates good spin.I also tried dignics 09c and compare has different characterics. Dignics is more punchy while rakza Z is more subtle. Both I like. Try Rakza Z in backhand and you will not be disappointed.
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The best rubber right now!
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Best quality for reasonable price.
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Hard rubber with superb spin and control. But the durability isnt that good as the rakza 7
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Probably the best rubber I've ever used! It's actually really fast, but is capable of soft touch shots, as it has almost no bounce on touches. Superb spin, great control. On a fast blade it does require a proper closed angle technique on attacking shots however. This is Hurricane 3 National version 2.0. Little faster on medium/hard power hits, drive technique can be less precise to land on the table. Using on forehand, considering for backhand as well.
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What an amazing rubber. For me the best forehand rubber. Its slower than normal esn rubbers but the quality of the shots is just wow. The shots are loaded with spin and you have long dwell time to aim where you want to play. Very good control through the thickness. It isnt spin sensitive. If you like to brush the ball this rubber is made for you. If you like to hit there are Other better choices.
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Very similar to Dignics 09 c at one third price.
Sponge is hard. Topsheet is tacky.
Not sensitive to spin. Very easy to return serves. Made for fast carbon blades. Chinese + Europe hybrid. Very forgiving. High control. Insane spins. Love it. I bought 4 and will buy few more.
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High spin, beautiful control. I used this with Ma Lin Carbon Soft. It is a terrific combination, and I absolutely love this rubber. While drive power and smash power aren't terrific, that is typical with tackier spinner rubber that require longer strokes. In terms of smashing, I recommend that you use Rakza X, 9, or 7 in order to smash lobs. Loop power is terrific and has many gears, and the quality of the shot is high regardless of long-mid-short distance loop. Serve is brilliant, It is capable of putting out a ridiculous amount of backspin. I don't put out topspin serves too often, but with the right disguise it can also have a deadly topspin service.
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Can hit all my same shots. Everything is just a lot slower than Rakza 7 or Rakza 7 soft. Very dense sponge. Feels more like chinese sponge.
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I have tested this now for only two hours. I have it in my XIOM IceCream AZXi blade in the forehand. The rubber is quite like T09c, but the sponge is much softer. A bit tacky, easy to spin. Still something is missing and I prefer T09c over this. But I will try this more in coming weeks.
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The best that has happened to mankind since Pink Floyd... 52 degrees, feels like 47. The looping is awesome.
You can do all with it, insane spin, serves and shortplay at the net is incredible. This is why i like Yasaka. Donic, for example throws out 12 different Blue that and Blue that a year. Yasaka really tests their materiel instead of mass-outlets
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The best rubber i have ever used. My brother, much better tt-player plays also wiith this rubber.
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The best that has happened to mankind since Apollo 11 landed in Mare Tranquillas
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This is as close to Butterflyproducts you can come, but this is WAYYY better than Any Tenergy. I have tested them all except 09C. And the price...I buyed 4 straight up, both versions, The 57 degree is hard, The 52 version better, for ne that is. But believe me when i say this will be very hyped within a month!
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Been testing this for 2 hours only yet, but what a rubber its ca 47-52 degrees, so it is hard, yet it ir the soft version. The spin beats the most i have tried,. The grades can shift after some pass more. Be sure to check out Rakza Z 55 (!) degrees!
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