geomil09 on 11/21/2012
Great rubber! My style is attacking game on both wings, with active blocking and counter hitting.
After trying various rubbers (T64, T64fx, T25, T05fx, Andro Hexers, Palio Thor, Xiom Omega IV Pro and Europe, to mention just a few) I've found the best backhand rubber in Yasaka Rakza 7. I've been using it for 5 months now. I started with max, then 2.0mm but 1.8 mm has been the best so far. It is difficult to source (1.8mm) in Europe thou. Import from US is a bit pricey but worth it.
It offers perfect feel for short play, return of the serve is well controlled. It is fast. For me the Max is too fast for controlled game. However, 1.8 is fast enough for very effective attacking bh push. But the real advantage comes when you want to play an opening loop against the chop. So easy! BH top spin with this rubber is decent too, max or 2.0 is more suited for this shot. Whichever sponge thickness you choose it will give you a lot of control, but 1.8mm gives you the most in this department. It has an ideal throw angle for backhand, not too linear, not too high. Again if you play close to the table, or up to 1m away, 1.8mm is perfect. If your game is further away go for 2.0mm, or max. Blocking is easy and well controlled with any sponge thickness. I've tried Rakza 7 SOFT 1.8 as well. However, my personal preference is Rakza 7 1.8mm. But then I've always liked medium hard rubbers...
It's a perfect match to BF Innerforce ZLC and for me works the best with BF Tenergy 05 1.9mm on the other side. That's my league set up. For fun play I use Innerforce ZLC with Rakza 7 2.0 on bh and Tenergy 05 2.1 on fh. Try it you won't be disappointed.
RNL on 3/8/2013
I love the Rakza series. I use the Rakza 7 2.0 mm on my BH. There's plenty of spin and speed for my strong, flicky stroke, and provides nice spin in my serves. On my FH, I find I need just a tad more dwell time, so I use Rakza 7 soft in max. I have been using Rakza for almost a year and a half, and haven't found anything I like better. It's durable, spinny, and has a nice throw angle, yet handles chops and pushes without the catapult effect you get with Tenergy.
man_iii on 10/27/2015
Fast spinny rubber which is very very lightweight compared to any chinese rubber. Great for loops and aggressive play. For intermediate and pros only. This rubber looks to be a keeper. Spin is king on this rubber. Ball acceleration is tremendous, it imparts insane spin.
Blocking, pushing, chopping all works really well. Flipping seems to require bit of work to get right. Technique makes a huge difference. There is some "forgiveness" in the rubber but not that much. Most balls land in if you were aiming inside the table and not trying to achieve orbit.
Blocking is a strong suite just as much as looping and hitting. Point and shoot, stroke and play.
I've started using Max ( 2.2 mm) RED version now for BH. The speed and spin helps with my weakness in returns on the BH-side.
The best Yasaka for those wanting to play an aggressive game while adding a little variation with push/blocks. Good amount of spin and speed with the right technique will make your opponent think twice as your returns progressively get faster and spinnier :-)
Update: Lots of ppl complaining about longevity. Rubber cleaning is MUST for this rubber. Either Foam or 3/4 drops of water and wipe clean after playing. Use Sticky Rubber protector sheet. I have this rubber in brand-new surface condition almost 1 year old rubber !!!
My number #1 FH rubber. Medium throw angle. Excellent serve, touch, rally, push, chop, top-spin to counter-top spin.
This rubber reacts to incoming spin moderately. So control play is must. Good aggressive counter-spin also must.
ControlledSpin 3 months ago
This was my favorite rubber for a long time. It's a great rubber that does everything really well with great control and consistency. I had it paired with my Nittaku Acoustic 5 Ply wood blade on both the FH and BH sides and felt they were an excellent match as a developing 2 winged looper. Even by today's standard I consider it to have excellent spin and good speed. While it can be used either on the FH or BH sides I think it is slightly better on the BH side with a rubber with a slightly higher throw angle on the FH side. The throw height I would consider to be medium. Not as spinny or good at looping as Tenergy 05 but stronger in the short game and a more balanced rubber. Overall an excellent attacking rubber for offensive players who value control in their game.
poor_knight on 8/22/2013
I've been using Rakza 7 max on my FH for the past couple of weeks. As a modern defender, I find this rubber to be extremely well suited for my play style.
First and foremost, while this is a genuine fast-and-spinny offensive rubber, it reacts to heavy topspin almost like a defensive inverted rubber. With it, it is easy to control and return heavy loops. As such, it is great for fishing and, unlike my experience with Yanus and Tackiness Chop, your fished returns have heavy topspin. Also, this rubber has excellent power and control for a flattish drive or smash. You can power through the ball and (to an extent) ignore the spin. Best smashing rubber I've ever used. Beautiful control for counter looping in general. My main problem to date is that it is easy to return heavy topspin with heavier topspin, but much harder to generate topspin off a dead ball. But I've only been using this rubber a short while so might need to adjust my technique.