Frogger on 6/11/2015
Used by Olympic champion Ma Lin. My vote for the finest rubber in the world. Mark V is not slow, it is fast with great spin. It excels at close to table play with great touch for the short game as well as looping, hitting and quick counters. The speed to control ratio is high. No rubber is more consistent from sheet to sheet. Not as fast or spinny as tensors but more controlled speed. A great rubber for any player from beginner to pro depending on thickness. Update concerning spin. With Mark V used on blades with limba outer plies the spin is higher than expected. Play it with BTY M. Maze or Primorac and you have a spin machine. Loops have severe topspin. Those that think Mark V is to slow simply do not have the technique or arm speed to get the full potential. Having used most of the tensor rubbers including many Tenergy's I returned to Mark V with better consistency while still maintaining powerful loops and drives. The perfect inverted rubber. Update. I am an intermediate level player and have used everything in the book from very expensive composition blades to all 4 types of Tenergy's. Want more balls on the table with great control/speed/spin? Get yourself an ALL+ class blade and 2 sheets of Mark V max or 2.0, 3 layers of glue and you will have a racket from the gods. You know your not going to the Olympics so take my advice. Mark V is the absolute best classic rubber in the world.
originalsamson on 12/7/2014
i love this rubber. very consistent. for every person that i know thats getting into the sport, i always recommend the mark v. it is also good for an experienced player that wants a long lasting and very controllable rubber. bottom line, best rubber for all around.
achand777 on 9/23/2014
When I was younger, I played with a Butterfly Power Drive/Mark V combination. This setup allowed me to win several tournaments in the early 1990s. After a 23 year layoff, I picked the sport back up and joined a league. When choosing a new blade/rubber combination, I was overwhelmed by new technologies such as carbon blades, tensor rubbers, etc. I began by purchasing a hard carbon blade (Xiom Stradivarius) with a fast rubber (Yasaka Rakza 7 soft). This combination was too fast for defensive strokes such a chops. I then decided to go with a slower more controllable rubber (Xiom Vega Europe). This rubber allowed my game to improve, giving me more confidence in strokes such a looping and blocking. Yet, I still wanted more control without sacrificing speed. I then decided to experiment with an all wood blade in order replicate the playing ability of my old Power Drive. I switched to a Nittaku Septear/Vega Europe combo and found my playing ability improve rather quickly. However, I was lacking confidence in my shots when playing against certain styles. After much consideration I purchased a Nittaku Kasumi Basic/Yasaka Mark V combo. This combination was amazing. I could hit all my shots with ease. I even defeated many players in my league that were giving me fits before. This combination provided excellent speed with precise control. I was truly amazed. This goes to show that a "classic" rubber from decades ago along with a simple 5-ply wood blade can be just as formidable a weapon as the newer technologies. As a result, I don't see myself using anything else. This rubber can't be beat when it comes to gears and its ability to play any kind of shot with consistency. Mark V would be perfect for a fast offensive blade in order to slow it down and provide greater control. Conversely, it can also take a slower all around blade and provide good speed with even better control. I highly recommend Mark V for all levels of play from beginner to advanced.
katekarin 4 weeks ago
I am a beginner/intermediate, offensive player. Initially I was using the 2.0mm version in my forehand with an Off++ blade (DHS PG-7). The rubber helped me in controlling such a fast blade. As my game improved, I moved to a Timo Boll Spirit blade with Mark V 2.0mm in the BH. I recommend it as a backhand rubber.
Mark V is amazing close to the net. Since it’s not bouncy, provides a great feeling making it ideal for close to the net play. It allows me to push and backflip with high precision. It is equally good further away from the net as its high control and medium speed allow me to put all my strength in my backhand loops and smashes and still keep the ball on the table.
The ball will get the speed you transfer to it through your arm. The sponge won’t make the ball go faster or slower. Moreover, the rubber’s medium throw will propel the ball the way you chose, not higher or lower. This is where Mark V’s strength lies. It shows you the ugly truth of how good or bad your technique is.
A hard lesson I learned from my forehand is that the new Tension/Spring rubber technologies are actually harder to control and lead to bad technique. My forehand remains below average while my backhand technique improved to high standards really fast.
Tushar on 5/17/2016
This is an awesome rubber. Every coach recommend this rubber for the beginners to intermediate player although it is not a slow rubber, got a high spinning potential. This old classic rubber is my favorite rubber for its spin and control. Many players think that this is only for beginners but if you are intermediate offensive player pair it with a OFF/OFF+ blades for extreme control and speed. This rubber also compliments the defensive style, I will not say it is a allround rubber but more than that OFF-. Bases on 2 hour session of training I rate this
I would recommend this rubber who want unbelievable spin, speed but did not want to lose control or feeling.