Yasaka Rakza 7

Product information

Brand
Yasaka
Category
Rubbers
Reviews
13
Rating
4.54 star(s) 13 ratings
Price
$50

User stats

Speed
8.6
Spin
8.2
Durability
8.5
Control
8
Pros
  • Good speed
  • Good spin
  • Good control
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.
Speed
9
Spin
9
Durability
7.6
Control
9
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Pros
  • Fast
  • Spinny
  • Very durable!
Rakza 7 is fast and spinny rubber. Its quite hard. Its good forehand rubber but you can use it on backhand too. In 2mm sponge is very balanced. Its good really good in block
I use it on both sides on Butterfly Zoran Primorac OFF- and I am happy with it :)
Speed
8.1
Spin
8.6
Durability
9
Control
7.8
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Pros
  • Great speed
  • Controllable
  • Good spin
These rubbers allowed me to impart a decent amount of spin on the ball and are quite fast. They encouraged me to play an aggressive game while being controllable enough for this to work. I can produce decent topspin on normal shots with these rubbers and I can also topspin backspin shots. There is enough control to be able to block and play close to the net when I need to, then open up and attack.
Speed
8.6
Spin
8
Durability
8
Control
8.1
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Pros
  • Spinny rubber
  • High durability
  • Good Control
Cons
  • None
The 2.0 regular Rakza 7 is still very good at driving, blocking and smashing. I decided to try 2.0, coming from Max to experiment if I needed a bigger margin of error when miscalculating or performing out of position strokes. Using 2.0 holds true for backhand strokes, but for forehand strokes I may return to Max. Loop quality and ball grip is missing in performing forehand loop, drive, block and smash. The 2.0 sponge forces you to actually be in the right position for every shot. That has plus and minuses depending on what kind of game you play. Overall I may stick with 2.0 on BH and Max on FH.
** UPDATE** I've stuck with FH: Rakza 7 Max and BH: Rakza 7S Max.
Speed
6.7
Spin
7.7
Durability
9
Control
8.4
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Pros
  • Super control
  • Good spin and speed
  • Price
Cons
  • Fragile sponge
This is my review of the Yasaka Rakza 7 rubber in the color black, max sponge.

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Blade: Stiga Hybrid Wood penhold

Initial observations:
Top quality topsheet.
Medium soft sponge in the color white.
Weight is avarage. Not as heavy as chinese rubbers.

Throw:
The Rakza 7 I would say has a medium throw. Lower than chinese rubbers like the H3 Neo and TG2 Neo but higher than both Rakza 7 Soft and Stiga Boost XT.
Compared to Rakza 7 soft and Stiga Boost XT the sponge is not "bouncy" at all so the throw is therefore really direct. Great throw length. For me it is perfect for my backhand. Also works well on forehand.

Speed:
Not the fastest rubber on the market, however it provides enough speed to blance the rubbers spin and is a big part of the rubbers exelent control.
It is faster than the H3 neo and TG2 neo on my blade but not as fast as the Stiga Boost XT. However it makes up for it in both spin and control.

[edit] After a few weeks I glued this rubber on an old Banda JO Waldner blade and this blade suits the Rakza rubbers much better. The speed was increased noticably! [/edit]

Spin:
Good amount of spin thanks to the top quality of the topsheet. The topsheet is a little tacky, it picks up a small amout of dust but not much. Easy to clean.

Control:
I love the control of this rubber.
The balance between speed and spin is exelent.
Placing the ball is such fun.

Value:
Great value for your money.
Will buy this rubber again.

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Speed
9.2
Spin
9
Durability
8.8
Control
9.2
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Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Last very long
  • Spin/Speed huge!
Cons
  • need full motion
  • accept inc spin
  • Price?
It is awesome BH rubber for all blade. Also very good FH to off/off- blades.
It is very easy to vary speed/spin in your game. You can flick, loop, push and drive very well, excells at loop though.
It grips the ball so well that will even make a coffee if you want it to.
If you are a jack of all trades in the game, this rubber will help you!
Speed
9
Spin
9.4
Durability
9.5
Control
8.8
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Pros
  • Fast
  • Good control
  • Spinny
Very nice rubber. Has the speed and catapult that is needed. God spin and ok grip. Very good control.
Speed
9.4
Spin
9.3
Durability
9.6
Control
9.2
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Pros
  • Grip
  • Spin
  • Fast
I found rakza 7 had a grippy/tacky surface which meant that the balls dwell time on the rubber was a fraction longer so you were able to impart good spin with a nice ark. Its a very nice rubber to serve with as I was able to get great control and grippy spin and all my serves benefited from this as over time it helped improve my service as I was able to get more spin than previous rubbers.

It is a tensor type rubber so is fast. It is not quite as fast as tenergy but would be well suited to aggressive players looking for a bit more spin on their loops and especially serves. Rakza 7, I found, was better for serving and control than tenergy because of this tacky surface and yet still offered power that was similar to tenergy.
Speed
8.5
Spin
9.5
Control
7.7
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