Using Yasaka Mark V in an Above Average Intermediate Level

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YuQin Shi

YuQin Shi Asked 5 years ago

Hello, Coach. I am an intermediate level university player and I want to ask something about Yasaka Mark V. My current setup is Donic Ovtcharov True Carbon with Butterfly Tenergy 05 max on my FH and Donic Bluefire JP01 max on my BH. I am able to do FH topspins well with the Tenergy 05 but I find it difficult to feel the ball in some controlled strokes and also in my service. With my BH, I find it difficult to counterhit the ball in a controlled manner as the ball tends to sink towards the net. With these things in mind, I'm thinking about changing both my FH and BH rubbers to Yasaka Mark V but using the same blade (Donic OTC) hoping that I would be able to correct my strokes and develop a better feel on the ball than the tensor rubbers have to offer. I just want to ask if this is a wise thing to do? (Using all-around rubbers on a carbon blade). And if I do switch to Yasaka Mark V on both sides, will I be able to improve my skills and game to go as far as surpassing the intermediate level? Or is Yasaka Mark V only for intermediates and beginners? The playstyle I would like to develop is me being able to finish points with an attack, but still maintaining a good feel on defense and touchplays. Thank you coach.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago


I think the Mark V may be too slow to progress past the beginner to Intermediate level.  It would definitely allow you to control the ball better but it wouldn't allow you enough speed and spin to develop, given you are currently using Tenergy 05 Max.

Go for something in between the two.  Others may have suggestions.  We use Rakza 7 as an intermediate speed rubber.

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YuQin Shi

YuQin Shi Posted 5 years ago

In my downgrade, I would like to have a rubber that would enable me to maintain quality arc and spin for my FH topspins but still at the same time giving me the adequate feel towards touchplay shots such as service and service receive. The same goes for my BH. With this in mind, would it be more adequate for me to use raksa 7 on my FH then raksa 7 soft on my BH? Or would I be better of using raksa 7 on both sides?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

I haven't used Soft.  Any other players used it?

Stefan Danzer

Stefan Danzer Posted 8 months ago

I’m in a very similar situation like YuQin. Been considering to go back to Mark V but then I found this page and they mention the Andro GTT45 and Nittaku Factive as possible alternatives which seem to be only slightly faster than Mark V but still with good control. Can anyone with experience with GTT or Factive rubbers confirm this?

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