Choosing a good blade for Mark V HPS

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Last updated 3 years ago

Kristian Veselinov

Kristian Veselinov Asked 3 years ago

Hello, Alois! I have been playing with Mark V HPS for a month and I am pretty happy with this rubber. The problem is that I use a premade's bat blade and dont get the full potential of the rubber (I feel the Мark V and my BH rubber Donic Vario soft has the same speed). Would you recommend me an offensive wood that goes well with Mark V HPS?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Kristian,

I would go for an All round to All round plus blade.  There are plenty out on the market.  The PingSkills Touch is one of them that we recommend.


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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 3 years ago

Hi Kristian.  I use/have used all Mark V variants and currently have HPS on one of my bats.  I agree with Alois that the best match for this rubber is an ALL to ALL+ blade not an OFF blade.  With an OFF blade you will putting a slower rubber designed to provide good touch/feel on a faster blade with (inherently) lower touch/feel.  You are much better doing the opposite - using faster rubber on control-focused blades.

What thickness HPS are you using?  If you want to extract more speed from it without losing too much of the feel, you could try 2.2 mm or max.

BTW, having tested and used original Mark V, GPS (reg and soft) and HPS (reg and soft), I don't agree with the ratings that suggest HPS is consistently higher in speed, spin and control than the original Mark V. I think there is a small difference in speed, can't discern any difference in spin, and it actually has slightly less control.  If you like the feeling, spin and control of the HPS but want something faster, try Rakza X - it fits somewhere between Mark V and Rakza 7 but with a 'softer' feel than both.


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