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sidthelefty
04-02-2011, 05:58 PM
i wanna try these rubbers anyone wanna give me a review on them? :D Pros? Cons? alternative to tenergy? :

http://www.byran.se/nyhetsbrev/yasaka/img/Rakza_mont.jpg

VANS
04-02-2011, 09:18 PM
no its not t05 substitute..its better:) medium hard, relatively high throw, fast powerful fh rubber.. the throw angle is too high for my backhand. topsheet is supergrippy and durable.. seems softer than hexer topsheets. sponge is white, porous like tenergy spring sponge and new tensors. its very nice and spinny rubber for serves, receiving serve pushing looping and bloking. its very fast rubber not recommended for absolute beginners. you have to have some basic skills and footwork to play efective strokes with this beast or you'll end blocking and pushing back all the incoming balls like most beginners do

TT Guru
04-02-2011, 11:01 PM
Better and more affordable than Tenergy05. Extremely soft and spinny. It doesn't chip around the edges like Donic rubbers do. :p
The only negative I can think of is that it's quite heavy, very noticeable if you have a lightweight bat.
Rakza7 is even better than Yasaka's Pryde series, but I still use Pryde because Rakza is too hard to adjust to for me.
I recommend this to all the pros, anyone who uses Tenergy and feels like they could handle something even better! :D

sidthelefty
04-03-2011, 08:51 PM
ooooh thankss . :D

chughtai
04-04-2011, 05:04 AM
tenergy 05 is really expensive will go with this

unagidon
04-04-2011, 07:52 PM
one of my friend is using this rubber as his forehand rubber on his YEO. when i play with him, this rubber is so slow. a bit spinny but not bouncy.

VANS
04-05-2011, 10:46 AM
bouncy is different than speedy. soft rubbers are bouncy on slow gears but have limited speed when you hit them hard.. hard/medium hard rubbers like rakza are slow on slow gears but have almost unlimited speed when you hit with full arm motion. may be your friend just brush the ball not hit it . i have rakza on YEO shakehand blade and it is one of the fastest rubbers i have ever used

david.tomas.nilsson
04-05-2011, 12:30 PM
I have the soft version, both FH and BH, and its the best rubber I've used. Excellent spin, speed and controll. I'm going to try the regular version to though because soft is not optimal for smashing.

Steve23
04-30-2011, 11:52 AM
I agree vans! I have a Stiga offensive nct with rakza 7 on forehand and rakza 7 soft backhand...soft is more bouncy but both are very fast!

sidthelefty
05-01-2011, 06:13 AM
steve u play penhold?

YosuaYosan
05-01-2011, 06:19 AM
Wow, making me wanna buy this one..
I think Tenergy is overpriced because of the producing company (you know), the sponsors, etc etc

This one looks solid and is better than Tenergy 05 :D

sidthelefty
05-01-2011, 06:23 AM
does anyone know if the 729-5 is an alternative to the rakza 7? :)

YosuaYosan
05-01-2011, 01:01 PM
Seen some 729-5..
Here is the comparison against Rakza 7 :
-Slightly tackier topsheet therefore slightly higher angle throw
-Slightly softer --> Slightly lighter
-Much much much cheaper, which is the thing I love from Friendship's product

Yes sire, it could be a good alternative to rakza.
Do you use it for the FH / BH ?

Steve23
05-01-2011, 02:06 PM
Sid I play shakehand

sidthelefty
05-01-2011, 03:53 PM
FH :) i underestimate the speed of the 729-5 sometimes .... still gettin used to it...the guys here underestimate the rubbers i got to play cpen...just to make sure ill try the rakza 7...then see if its really worth 3 times the 729-5 lol ...i think this is my secret weapon XD shhh

Steve23
05-02-2011, 02:49 PM
I had more time to play with this rubber over the weekend and it plays so well for me, I felt in complete control and more confident in my loops! Many gears on this and shoots bullets on command!

cmetsbeltran15
05-02-2011, 11:07 PM
i've heard a few different people say that its the closest to tenergy....a bit slower but otherwise very similar

Steve23
05-06-2011, 05:12 PM
Can't compare for I've never tried tenergy...one day when the price dips I will

Steve23
05-06-2011, 05:14 PM
It would be cool if someone who's tried both could do a compared review in this forum

sidthelefty
05-07-2011, 11:54 PM
ive used tenergy but never rakza :( :P

Anders
05-14-2011, 07:14 PM
i wanna try these rubbers anyone wanna give me a review on them? :D Pros? Cons? alternative to tenergy? :

http://www.byran.se/nyhetsbrev/yasaka/img/Rakza_mont.jpg

I have never tried out this one, but ive tested the Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft version as a substitute for Tenergy 64. I can honestly say that compared to the Tenergy, the Rakza 7 Soft was a piece og cr*p :( Not powerful at all, almost no speed or catapult. Lots of spin, yes, but without speedglue it was like playing with a newbies racket. Once I tried to glue it, just for fun since I do NOT do that for competition play, it was nice.

So, if you are trying to be a good sportsman playing without glues, you should stick to your Tenergy. Stiga has some nice rubbers that can be used instead that costs less than Tenergy ;)

Steve23
05-14-2011, 07:54 PM
I have both rakza 7 and rakza 7 soft and I think the rakza 7 plays much better than the soft version

Maximaster
05-21-2011, 03:14 PM
I´ve ordered Rakza 7 for my forehand and Rakza 7 soft for my backhand. I´m curious how the rubbers will be!

Bishop Rasta 27
03-16-2012, 05:18 PM
FH :) i underestimate the speed of the 729-5 sometimes .... still gettin used to it...the guys here underestimate the rubbers i got to play cpen...just to make sure ill try the rakza 7...then see if its really worth 3 times the 729-5 lol ...i think this is my secret weapon XD shhh

If rakza 7 can be alternated with 729-5, how about the Rakza 7 Soft alternative to a 729 rubber?

sidthelefty
03-18-2012, 04:57 AM
i would say a close rubber to the soft in 729 is probably focus 3 snipe but dont get me wrong razka 7and rakza7 soft are faster and spinnier than the 729s suggested as alternatives...i play wih both atm and these things are better than tenergy to me...more controlled in short game but when u dig into the sponge and increase ur speed it increase not like tenergy...razka has catapult effect but controlled catapult effect....ive been playin with max sponge and these things are sometimes to fast for me....ive played with tenergy 05,05fx,64,25,25fx...razka 7 play somewhat like 25 and the soft like 64

Guybrush123
05-05-2012, 04:39 PM
Agree, it is a outstanding rubber. The best Yasaka since Mark V, in the early 80-is :)

Guybrush123
05-05-2012, 04:40 PM
I agree Steve

chrisbuer
07-08-2013, 02:54 PM
It would be cool if someone who's tried both could do a compared review in this forum

I prefer softer sponged rubbers so can only comment on Tenergy 05FX vs Rakza 7 Soft. But after swapping the 05FX for a sheet of 1.8mm R7S, the following things are apparent.

- R7S definitely has more control than the 05FX. I found it easier to place the ball back on the table and move it around.


- R7S is less sensitive to spin. There were a number of hard fast loops that I blocked back with the R7S that easily went back onto the table, exactly where I placed them. In comparison, doing the same with the 05FX, the ball tends to pop up more and shoot off the end of the table.


- R7S feels softer than the 05FX. The sponge is a little bit softer and this translates to the feeling you get when making contact with the ball. 05FX has a firmer feel and whilst this is nice with certain strokes, it does reduce the consistency I land the ball on the table when the speed of the rally picks up.


- R7S is slower than the 05FX. Percentage wise, I’d say it’s around 10-15% slower, so it’s not a lot, but enough to notice when you hit the ball very hard.


- Both R7S and 05FX seem to produce similar levels of spin. In other words, I didn’t notice having any more or any less spin when playing with the R7S.


- R7S feels quite a bit lighter than 05FX. I need to weigh it, but you could feel that there was a noticeable difference in weight.


Overall I’m really happy with the R7S and would recommend it to anyone who likes softer sponged rubbers and wants it as an alternative to the Tenergy FX series.

Mikael Berglund
07-08-2013, 04:40 PM
Hi,

I play with both Rakza and Tenergy and have done so for the past year. I use 05-FX on my bh and Rakza 7 (not soft) on fh.
I don't think they are comparable. Rakza 7 is so much faster and uncontrollable on bh. The grip is great on service. Rakza 7 is a light rubber, much lighter than Tenergy.
I'm experimenting on my spare blade to go with chinese rubbers instead of the super fast Rakza. The gears are not there with Rakza.

/Mikael

tropic1
07-08-2013, 06:59 PM
I play with Rakza 7 Max on both sides on a Waldner Ultra Senso Carbon and its a very consistent rubber, linear and whatever you give it, it gives back. I tried to use Rakza 7 soft on my BH, but I found that the throw for me was higher even if the rubber was controllable and slower than the regular, so I went back to the regular on my BH. I tried it on my FH, but it didn't have the power of the regular sponge. I usually block on my BH, to setup a BH or FH loop drive or BH punch to end the rally. I am currently 1502 USATT at my club.

LoCRiaN9
07-09-2013, 11:39 AM
I've used rakza 7 soft since they came out. I found that I liked it better than T05FX when you factor in the money too. The throw is definitely lower, I found that it was a bit slower but has more gears and control. Spin is very comparable. I used them both on Primorac and donic epox power all around.

I've also used the 729-5. I used it on a gambler arylate cabon blade which is considerably harder than the other blades but I still felt ithe 729 was harder and faster than the rakza and the T05 and even lower throw. It being on the other blade makes it harder to make a comparison but thats how I think it would perform.

I just started trying the Rakza 9, the 729-5 is closer to the rakza 9 then either rakza 7 or T05.

chrisbuer
07-10-2013, 08:33 AM
I've used rakza 7 soft since they came out. I found that I liked it better than T05FX when you factor in the money too. The throw is definitely lower, I found that it was a bit slower but has more gears and control. Spin is very comparable.

That's exactly what I found.


Hi,

I play with both Rakza and Tenergy and have done so for the past year. I use 05-FX on my bh and Rakza 7 (not soft) on fh.
I don't think they are comparable. Rakza 7 is so much faster and uncontrollable on bh. The grip is great on service. Rakza 7 is a light rubber, much lighter than Tenergy.

05FX and Rakza 7 Soft are comparable but I agree that the regular Rakza version is not comparable. I'd compare that rubber with the regular Tenergy 05.

Liten
07-25-2015, 02:47 PM
So..
Just came back from a 2.5h practice. First time with the rakza 7 and rakza 7 soft, both max, on my Stiga Hybrid Wood.

Played my trusty sparring buddy.
We always play to 21.
We both have our days, no one has the upper hand over the other.
Sort of the same thing as looking at one of Dan's reviews, exept in slowmotion. We are twice the age, twice the size, half the speed and half the stamina.. :)

Today's result: 11 to 3.. (Yey!)

Personal notes I made using my main blade.
R7 and R7s are both slower than the Stiga Boost XT.

They both have better spin and WAY better control than Stiga Boost XT.

On my blade and in my playstyle, the R7 worked best on BH
The R7s worked best on FH.

The R7s is a bit "bouncy", sort of like the Stiga Boost XT. The R7 is not.

They had fairly the same speed today. I may not have put them to full motion tests, so speed is hard to tell apart today.

I wish the R7s was a bit faster. Not much. The R7 is perfect speed for my BH as is.

Will post full reviews in a couple of weeks.

Pnachtwey
07-27-2015, 06:42 AM
This is a matter of preference. I still maintain that there is no force/impulse that you can generate with any Tenergy that you can't generate with a Rakza.

I have tried T05, T25, Rakza 7 soft 1.8mm Rakza 7 1.8,, and Rakza 7 soft max.
I bought these years ago because there are idiots that had opinions without proof. Rakza 7 max is will match T05 on spin but I didn't like the fact that it was so thick. I lost the touch. Rakza 7 soft 1.8 may work for the BH but it is susceptible to bottoming out when blocking a fast loop. That is OK also long as you know. My favorite was Rakza 7 1.8mm on the FH but it would work well on the BH too.. It was faster and spinnier than Mark V. I thought the control and spin was excellent for close to the table play.

I have tried many combinations of paddles and rubbers. I have played my best with Rakza 7 1.8mm with 802 1.5mm on my Samsonov Alpha. I won a lot of points with 3rd ball attack with that combination.

Liten
07-30-2015, 02:55 PM
After a few more days with the R7 and R7s I must say that the speed reduction going from Boost XT has done alot for my game. Its a joy to feel confident in all the shots, not just the heavy hits.
I really like these rubbers. The R7soft could be faster but still, better control and spin helpes me more than speed.
My serve's gone from ok to actually making points right of the serve if I get them right.

I hade (for me) a once in a lifetime short wide serve today land and leave the table about a fists with behind the net.. Sadly, I play a man with baboon arms and cobra speed, he got to it but could not return it. I was actually blown away he got to it so if he had returned the ball, Id still just be standing there with the "birdhouse"-look on my face.. :o

The Rakza line will be baught again after these ware out..

bobpuls
07-31-2015, 08:10 AM
... i have this rubbers (7 and 7 soft) on off- allwood blade .
And they are ok (one of the best i have so far) .. very controllable , great blocking and loops . But for me they are boring .... i have made give away to one player from our pub ;-) . Now i`m with DHS TG 2 NEO and rasant beat and this is more fun ... especially Spin , serve , short game with tons of spin are much better . I really enjoy the tg2 .. the beat will be changed (it is to much direct rubber , but better then Rakza 7 soft (for me) ).

Liten
07-31-2015, 08:49 AM
Interesting!
I come from TG2 neo and find the Rakza easier to play. The TG2 neo is very good, but need more effort in just about every stroke. Thats one thing I found suits me better with rakza, the "reload" time is faster due to the built in energy of the sponge.. A boosted TG2 neo on the other hand really pops.. does however require a suitable blade. The TG2 neo worked ok on a stiff blade like the Hybrid wood. The H3 neo did not. H3 neo however worked SUPER on a softer 5 ply all wood blade. Just love the feel! :)

Still, the rakza is all about control and spin for me right now. Speed will have to come from me hitting the gym or overcomsuming some energybar.. :)

bobpuls
07-31-2015, 10:11 AM
Yes i agree .... The TG2 i had glued onto stiff Carbon off+ blade ... and i love the control and feel ... and with off+ blade there is not such much effort needed ... it has the best gears i have tried so far ...
And yes there is perfect feel with the H3 onto all wood blade but one thing is the block.... it is week on all wood blade , but the feel is just perfect ...
But also the rakza 7 is very controllable with less effort in every aspect.... but the feel is boring for me.
In next month i`m going into H8 and Xiom omega V Euro ..... .... still i'm searching for backhand rubber .... for forehand i found this H2 Neo.

TimoFan
07-31-2015, 04:09 PM
i've played this year with the yasaka rakza 7 soft.
For me the rubber has not so much control.
the rubber can produce a lot of rotation on the ball.
also it is the fastest rubber i played with

Liten
07-31-2015, 05:16 PM
Yea I bet the rakza 7 soft is pretty fast on a Clipper if thats the blade you use?

For me, the R7s is not so fast on my Hybrid wood. The control on the orher hand is fantastic!

Liten
08-02-2015, 12:51 PM
Short reviews of the R7 and R7soft submited in the review center.

Liten
08-05-2015, 01:18 PM
So.. Lend my racket to a co-worker today.. 1 ball! Guess what:

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/05/3ed875e75a626f3354c6b5562bab7791.jpg

Is durability an issue with Rakza 7 Soft? Or was I extreamly unlucky??

Machine_Head
08-05-2015, 01:30 PM
That looks bad.. Did your coworker hit the table?

Liten
08-05-2015, 01:57 PM
He said he did not. I didnt see anything.
:(

Liten
08-05-2015, 02:59 PM
Looks like I can take the rubber of, place it that half centimeter up the blade and re-cut it... I hope...

bobpuls
08-05-2015, 08:47 PM
I have the same isue but it cracks also on top rubber layer. But from me it was a small hit from the side of table.

bobpuls
08-05-2015, 08:51 PM
I have the same isue but it cracks also on top rubber layer. But from me it was a small hit from the side of table.

7850

sderyke2002
05-04-2018, 08:55 PM
I have Rakza 7 soft on my Ma Lin Extra Offensive and I recently put Tenergy o5 on a Hurricane HW-L. I have played more with the Rakza 7 soft and of course the two blades are different but they are similar Off blades so I can give you a brief opinion.

I like the Rakza 7 soft a little better than the Tenergy 05, the Tenergy seemed a little more consistent but that was usually consistently more explosive and thus I lost more off the end of the table. This could be adapted to, and like I said, I have not played with it as much as the R7s. The R7s was easier to loop and I felt it played softer in my hand when I wanted to return serve, push or drop shot. The one thing that amazed me was when I glued the Tenergy onto the bat the sponge seemed so much denser and more uniform.

Now having said all that I also have a Ma Lin Carbon which has Rakza X soft on the forehand and I like that better than either of these two. So if you know any two of these rubbers it might help you see the third in a new light. The RXs plays more consistently than the R7s and has the explosive thrust of the Tenergy (when you hit through the shot) and feels more controllable than the Tenergy (but again I have even more time on the RXs than I do the R7s so take that with a grain of salt). I find I don't loop as well with the RXs either but that may be because it is so easy to smash shots by hitting through them when I would have to loop with other rubbers and blades.

I play tonight at my club and will make a point of using the Tenergy more to see if my opinion will change and I will get back to you.

sderyke2002
05-07-2018, 03:02 PM
Well I spent most of Friday night playing with Tenergy 05 on a Hurricane H-WL blade and really got to like it. It is much more like Rakza Xs in my opinion, than it is like R7. That is because I was most effective hitting low arc almost straight shots on the forward side driving them deep and fast with the Tenergy. It was almost natural, something I fell into rather than figured out. I find myself thinking more about placement and looping/guiding the ball with both R7s and even (to a lesser extent) RXs. I do think Tenergy, with its pop, was more difficult to handle spiny serves - which is one way in which I still prefer RXs. R7s feels tackier than both and so is more effected by spin serves, but not a great deal more.

I had felt that the Tenergy just wasn't worth the price bump over RXs but now I am not so sure.

I had Hurricane 3-50 on the back hand with the Tenergy and by the end of the night hated it. I may replace it with a sheet of Sriver or move the Tenergy to a new (possibly slower) more All around bat.