The Yasaka Mark V is one of the most popular table tennis rubbers of all time (probably in the top two) being used by tens of thousands of players all over the world including olympic champion Ma Lin. A long lasting, all round rubber that’s an ideal option for beginners and intermediates, but is by no means slow, it will be a favorite in your arsenal that you’ll be coming back to time and time again.
In this post, we’ll give you our Yasaka Mark V review and cover some of the reasons why it’s gained so much popularity.
- Thickness (mm) – 1.0, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0 or Max (2.5)
- Speed – 80
- Spin – 82
- Control – 87
- Durability – Very good
- Hardness – Fairly soft
Yasaka Mark V Overview
If you haven’t tried the Yasaka Mark V we’d highly recommend you do. It’s one of the most popular rubbers in the world and for good reason. It combines speed, spin and control perfectly to make a very well balanced rubber that pairs with almost any blade.
The Yasaka Mark V is available in a number of different thicknesses depending on what style of play you like. You can get it in 1, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.5mm (max) thicknesses. The thicker the more speed you’re going to be able to generate so if you’re a beginner it’s probably best to go for a thinner rubber to allow you to get used to controlling the ball. Most people like the 1.8 or 2.0 so if you’re not sure try one of those.
The Yasaka Mark V is also available in a few other models that you might want to try.
Yasaka Mark V XS – The XS is another model of the Mark V that looks to improve on the spin without compromising the speed. They use different chemicals on the topsheet (called Double Acceleration Technology). As a result it has a much tackier topsheet and is also a bit heavier than the regular Mark V.
Yasaka Mark V M2 – The M2 is the latest addition to the Mark V family that looks to take all the great things that made it so popular but with more speed. It’s a lot harder as a result
Yasaka Mark V Racket – You can also purchase a pre assembled racket that uses the Yasaka Mark V rubbers. It’s a 5 ply shake hand blade and is hugely popular.
What we liked
- Great control – Ideal for beginners but also comes in thicker options for players who want more speed and less control
- Long lasting – Keep these rubbers on for years
- Great versatility – Works well paired with any blade
- Very affordable – One of the cheapest (but great) rubbers on the market
What could have been better
- Might be too spinny for beginners – For really new players it might be a bit tacky and spin too much
About the brand: Yasaka
Yasaka are one of the oldest table tennis brands in the world dating back to 1947 when it was founded by Mr Hirosi Yaoita and Mr Sakamoto. It’s from parts of their two names that Yasaka get’s its own name from (YAoita and SAKAmoto). It wasn’t until the 1970s though that Yasaka released the Mark V and since then it’s become one of the most popular rubbers in the world and their flagship rubber.
To conclude, the Yasaka Mark V is probably one of the best options for those building their first custom bat (buying a separate blade and rubbers) and makes a great choice for players of all abilities.
It balances speed, spin and control so well that we highly recommend it to both beginners learning the game but at the same time to intermediate and advanced players. Just alter the thickness depending on your skill It’s even used by world champions and pro players such as Ma Lin and Mattias Falck.
So if you’re looking for a rubber that will last for years, help you improve your game then check it out. It’s also one of the most affordable rubbers we’ve come across which is another bonus.