Yasaka Mark V Table Tennis Rubber Review

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Yasaka Mark V, a rubber that is one of the popular choices of table tennis players for more than 2 decades. Players have won a large number of championships including the men´s single in the 1970 European Championships and 1971 World Championships using this rubber. This dominance proves its unique characteristics that fulfill the needs of most of the players. Though Yasaka Mark V is best for the all-rounder, many aggressive and defensive players like to play with this rubber. If you are searching for a good table tennis rubber, you should consider this rubber for selection.

Now, let’s see why Yasaka Mark V is so popular.

Specifications

  • Type: All-Round
  • Speed: 8.0
  • Spin: 8.2
  • Control: 8.7
  • Tackiness: 2.7 (Slightly tacky)
  • Weight: 4.1 (Lightweight)
  • Sponge Hardness: 4.6 (Medium)
  • Gears: 7.8 (Above average gears)
  • Throw Angle: 4.4 (Medium)
  • Thickness: 1.0, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, Max

Overview of Yasaka Mark V

Yasaka mark v table tennis rubber

This Mark V rubber has everything; it has good speed, a nice spin, and the desired control to place the ball at your will. It’s not like a tacky Chinese rubber where the ball sticks to the top sheet. Rather, the spin of the incoming ball sinks into the sponge of this Japan-based rubber. This increases the dwell time which helps to control the ball. The throw angle is medium which suits both the attackers and defenders. The gears of this rubber are above average which provides a variety of speeds depending on how hard you hit the ball.

About the Brand: Yasaka

Yasaka is a very well-trusted brand in the world of table tennis for its high-quality equipment.  Mr. Hirosi Yaoita, a former table tennis player, partnered with Mr. Sakamoto and founded this company with the aim to provide high-quality table tennis equipment to the players for superior performance.

Yasaka Player, Ma Lin marked his dominance by winning several times in Olympics, World Championship, and World Cup.

Why is Yasaka Mark V so Popular?

  • Yasaka Mark V offers a wide range of thicknesses to choose from according to the playing style, aggressive, all-rounder, and defensive.
  • First, it is an affordable rubber, it is not high-priced like the Tenergy rubbers. With an average life span of six months, this rubber restricts the flow of money out of your pocket.
  • This rubber can be paired with most of the common blades.
  • With a thickness of 2.0 mm, this rubber can be a great choice for aggressive players who want to master fast techniques like looping the ball close to the table without sacrificing control. 
  • With a thickness of ≤ 1.5 mm, it is also a good option for the defenders who play their game based on block and counter hit.
  • And for the all-rounders, this rubber is a blessing with its versatile properties of speed, spin, and control.
  • This rubber uses the blending of natural and synthetic rubber making it lightweight and easy to adopt.
Pros
  • Great combination of speed, spin, and control
  • Perfect for beginner and intermediate players
  • Durable
  • Suitable for both forehand and backhand side
  • Cheaper compared to other same quality rubbers
  • Lightweight
  • ITTF approved
Cons
  • Not recommended for very aggressive players

Conclusion

What I have found in the Yasaka Mark V, it can be a perfect choice for beginners and intermediate players who want to develop their techniques in the early stages. This rubber gives you good results in your strokes but you have to put your skills into it which ultimately sharpens your techniques.

But if you are a very aggressive player who wants to bring lightning-fast speed in your strokes, this rubber is not for you. You may look for offensive rubbers like Tenergy 05.

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