Review by PLL system (published with permission)
A week of testing I would say my experiences covers
Yasaka introduction of Rakza7.
I put a MAX red onto a 5ply ALL+ racket with a 2.1
Tenergy 05 without eny booster. I feel the rubber not so shiny as other
Germans. It is similar to Xiom's natural. By pushing I consider that
hard rubber. On these feature I believe its high durability. Besides the
behaviour is closer to semi-hard or harder soft rubbers. The holes in
the Power Sponge are smaller then we get used to with Tenergy, Baracuda,
Xplode and even Vegas'. Compering to regulars there are glued Yaska GPS
or Srivel EL come into my mind.
Even it is MAX and has short dwell time you can make tricks well.
Comparing to Baracuda or Xplode its easier to make the ball rotate back.
Chops & short pendulums are really sharp. Grips like Tenergy but the way
is more forgiving. At that stage the sponge does not determine much.
Easy in easy out. Does not kick the ball over. The sponge also works
well. You can easily drive and accelerate or dump the ball. I am afraid
that with using OFF blade it wont be easy. Delivers resonance well, not
damping like Tenergy64. I could feel the ball touch in my palm. (you can
change it with different racket)
During few hits I could adjusted angles of the racket and looped
wonderful arc balls. It is possible to loop over the table bud from mid-
or long distance. No lack of power from far. Wether it is due to sponge
or rubber or both it grabs even fast balls, no fall outs during
counterspin. In sum you can play varietys of loops from killspindrives
to side/topspins from far as you want and not as your racket wants :)
Spin onto chop
It was the only trouble. The dynamics I used so well during loops could
not be mastered. I could loop chops back with high amout of spins but I
had to be prepared on feet and the balls went higher arc compared to
planned. If I did not pulled the racket so much due to the grip and max
sponge the balls keep try to find the best way into the net. If you want
to hit the chop up or make loop-like movement just forget Rakza7. It
requires good footwork if you play offensive. I can really imagine you
can also use Rakza7 for defensive style in thinner versions.
I am convinced Yasaka achieved good opportunity to be in the club of
Butterfly, Xiom, Donic, Joola, Tibhar in Europe as theye were in the
Mark V era. With Rakza7 Yasaka made a rubber that lats you play
I would recommend those who serve well, loop well even
from distance and can step over some nonlinerarity. Due to its easy
handling fetures it will spread I think for allrounders in 1.8 or 2.0
thickness. I will use it in 2.0 one of my racket and 2.0 Baracuda on the
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