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Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft

Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft ping pong rubber
Approx. $ 53 USD
Price $

Ratings  (rated 61 times)

There are 42 users using the Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft.
From community:
Speed   8.5
Spin   9.3
Control   9.0
Tackiness   2.7 - Slightly tacky
Throw Angle   5.4 - Medium
Weight   3.9 - Average
Sponge Hardness   2.7 - Medium-soft
Gears   8.2 - Many gears
Durability   7.3 - Lasts longer than average
Consistency   9.7
Overall   9.2 10
From manufacturer:
Speed 20.0 /
Spin 23.0 /
Control 17.0 /
Tensor   Yes

Description of Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft

In RAKZA 7 Soft the top sheet is the same as for RAKZA 7. The sponge is softer which gives the rubber more sound and bulit-in speed glue effect.

With RAKZA 7 Soft the control characteristics are improved. After hitting the ball with top spin the curve of the ball is slightly higher, giving little bit bigger margins in the game. In the short return play, the ball feel is better.

Thicknesses: 1,8 2,0 max

Reviews of the Yasaka Rakza 7 Soft

Review Constant said this on November 25, 2010:

Hi, I'm using Rakza 7 Soft for 6 months now. With RAKZA rubbers, Yasaka team offered to the matket another super rubber (as MarkV was many years ago).

Despite its excellent reviews, I hesitated to buy the Rakza 7 (too hard for me, because more than 45°), so I tried Rakza 7 SOFT (39°).

Excellent spin, very grippy, top spin, block and all the other techniques. It depends on the blade you use, better will be one having polyvalent profile (Tibhar Balsa IVL, Primorac Classic etc).

Even if it's the soft version, the Sponge has tensor inside, so start with 1.8 for players learning offensive play, or directly 2 mm.

I think that "max" will be too muchfor starting. Anyway, is allways better for any rubber to start with less and and with more sponge.

Conclusion: excellent rubber, offering more control than its pure offensive version - RAKZA 7. Ideal for players which like to keep control or wants to play strategically.
Review AMG said this on December 23, 2010:

This is an excellent rubber. gives you grip and speed thanks to its top sheet and tensor sponge. Plus its soft sponge offers the needed feel and control.

I use it as a forehand on a Yasaka 3D Max Carbon and the combination is balanced and effective.

Serving is very good, looping is spiny and with long throw and it feels suitable for either close to or far from the table play style.

Yasaka has done a great job with the Rakza family and it brings the glory of the good old Mark V but with the gears needed for the no speed glue era.
Review slamdally said this on March 22, 2011:

Very good on back hand.
Review riker71 said this on May 21, 2011:

Currently testing on bh of Stiga Offensive NCT in 2mm. Regular Rakza 7 on fh. Easy to loop with and has huge kick off the table. Most topspin I have got from any rubber. Sponge is very soft, feels like 30 degree. Because of this it is a bit bouncier than normal and I find some drives going long. It certainly has excellent spin and short game is good for tensor. Blocking is not as easy having been used to Black Power which is firm but this will also depend on blade. I may switch to regular Rakza and am intending to use on a harder blade. Best tensor I have used and better control than Tenergy with at least as much spin. 8/10.
Review medo said this on July 16, 2011:

i use it with donic epox control on bh and fh . it has a good spin and suitible speed. for allround player this is the second best rubber after t05fx.
Review msilhanek said this on February 1, 2012:

Plays simillar to Rakza. Differences I found: less speed, higher throw angle, different sound, softer feel, more controll. Spin is the same - high. I switched from normal Rakza to the soft version because I wanted more controll on blocks. It works very well, exactly what I was expecting. Still very good in attacking but much more controll in passive strokes (block and so on). Awesome rubber, highly recommened for those who think the normal Rakza is too fast.
Review neox3 said this on February 23, 2012:

The best for backhand!
Review igszoctan said this on March 10, 2012:

You can generate spinny controlled shots. Great rubber.
Review jan tegelaers said this on May 14, 2012:

great rubber for bh!!!
Review Anonymous said this on May 22, 2012:

Very Good Rubber.Ideal For Every Type Of Player.
Review Hozze said this on August 15, 2012:

I have A/B'd this with the Xiom Omega IV Elite as BH-rubbers on a Stiga Hybrid Wood penhold blade. 2.0 mm thickness on both rubbers.

The Rakza 7 Soft feels slightly faster, while the Xiom has a slight edge in spin. Both are very spinny though, you will not feel like you're lacking in that department whichever you go with.

Control is excellent for both rubbers. However, the Xiom is VERY soft, probably the softest rubber I've tried. It's actually a little too soft for my taste, it can feel a little mushy sometimes, like it's bottoming out. The Rakza is more medium-soft, has a more crisper feel to it.

Both are light, about the same weight which was slightly surprising, I figured the Xiom would feel lighter due to the softer sponge.

Playing RPB they both excel at the same thing; giving a hard curve with that great snapping catapult effect off the table. Fantastic for sidespin flicks as well as playing further off the table.

I ended up sticking with the Rakza, I just feel more comfortable with the slightly firmer feel. Both are great rubbers though and fit the same profile; soft rubbers aimed at working more with spin and control than outright speed. That's not to say they're slow though, they're still tensor rubbers after all.

Edit: After playing with it for ~4 months I can safely say that durability is excellent, I play 4-5 days a week and it still looks and feels more or less as new. Brilliant rubber.

Another Edit: Or slight warning, actually. Be very careful when removing the old glue if you're e.g. regluing to another blade. The sponge is very porous and a little brittle, so you run the risk of tearing off parts of the sponge along with the glue if you don't take care.
Review RNL said this on September 20, 2012:

I have been using this on both sides of a Donic Waldner Senso Ultra Carbon, and it's gold! 2.0 FH and Max BH. Plenty of speed, great spin, and great control. Handles the soft touch shots beautifully, and serves well. Almost imperceptible difference between 2.0 and Max. Max is a touch faster, but just as controllable. I'll probably go all Max whenit's time for new rubber.
Review danielC said this on November 25, 2012:

Very very good
Review JOW said this on December 6, 2012:

Awesome rubber for the loop oriented play. Spin is very high control is high aswell. For being a tensor it is a bit slow, but who cares? :) One of the best rubbers out there!
Review Obi said this on March 6, 2013:

Use it on may backhand with all+ blade. It is very fast but no too fast. It is spiny enough, lifts the ball greatly. Control is great - every shot goes where I want it and pretty fast. Blocking and service return great also. I hate Tenergy because of lousy control and stone hard feel. Rakza7 soft is much better choice for me. It is slower then Tenergy but control is doubled.
Review prent73 said this on March 24, 2013:

Much better control than the normal version! An excellent versatile rubber!
Review revsy333 said this on April 25, 2013:

tryed this rubber way too soft serve / chop good but when i attacked with this rubber just seemed to slow and soft
Review Raden said this on May 5, 2013:

Great rubber meant for backhand, if there ever was one. Great for looping, forget smashing. Good feel
Review vir said this on May 13, 2013:

good rubber, but it depends on a blade, i used to Yasaka Dynamix 17 and it was bad :(
Review Rasmus said this on May 21, 2013:

Great soft rubber with a high throw, great control and loads of spin. Not superfast.
I play it BH on a Grubba All+ and it's a great combination. Came from Sriver soft and transition was very easy.
Looping and blocking is very good, as is hard pushes, chops and serves.
Short play close to the net is it's weakest point - this rubber needs a bit of power to play controlled due to the bouncy sponge.
Highly recommended for intermediate players.
Review Duplik said this on May 31, 2013:

i don´t think that the throw angle is high, but all the other stuff seems to be like really accurate, maybe a little less spin like 9,2 or 9,3 but a good rubber at a stiga hybridwood at both sides, but i liked better at bh
Review ogondia said this on July 8, 2013:

Perfect for my BH, I am using it in my FH too, very good for everything!!
Review smasher said this on July 17, 2013:

Good in both spin and control but fast enough for speed game. Spin opening for precise ball placing game, this one suits a tactical long game.
Review geeza_1 said this on July 19, 2013:

This is the best rubber I have ever used.

It provides the perfect balance of effortless spin, control and placement. I currently play it in Max on my BH and it is absolutely amazing.

It blocks, loops, chops and pushes very very well and is extremely easy to use. I had absolutely zero learning curve with this rubber. I put it on my blade and played great right away.

Pair it with a fast blade for an attacking game or a slower blade for a controlled game.

I have never used a rubber with performance like this that is so easy to use. It really is foolproof!

EDIT: As mentioned by a reviewer above, the sponge on this rubber is VERY fragile. I peeled it off my blade to try it on another blade and large chunks of the sponge came off!! Now it is unusable. A rather expensive experiment!
Review LakiSultan said this on August 9, 2013:

After 6 months i can say is very durability rubber, lack of speed, good in spin, but maybe because i use 1.8 trust me don`t buy this rubber in 1.8 maybe will be god if your new in table tennis.
Review Mucver said this on August 29, 2013:

highly recommend for bh, i think it has better control with wood blades. one of my favorite bh rubbers. other one is hammond pro beta.
Review Tarheel2536 said this on October 7, 2013:

Excellent combination of spin and control. With the right stroke (such as a BH loop), can grab and flick the ball with terrific speed. Great for loops (rather than flat hitting); good for chopping. Remarkably easy to use well.
Review gwirthsipp said this on October 24, 2013:

Played it in 1,8mm on Forehand. Very good for Topspin style with great control.
Review OldSouthPaw said this on November 10, 2013:

Very good spin.
Review McPat715 said this on November 11, 2013:

Waouw very great rubber, top control, top spin, i'll not change anymore
Review man_iii said this on November 12, 2013:

Rakza 7 soft Max Black Colour.
It is a Tensor rubber. Very lightweight, grippy almost not at all tacky. This rubber is slightly slower than the Rakza 7 but generates even more spin than that ! You notice the effect of the tensor when playing the 2nd or 3rd ball, when your return gets noticeably spinnier and faster off the table. And it is huge! Your opponent better be prepared to go "Fetch" that ball because its going to bounce away from him at the speed of light. You can put your opponent in deep unrecoverable places with the speed and spin.

One thing though, the rubber reacts to spin/serves just like Mark V, meaning you have to exert quite a bit of control and push/chop the spin balls correctly, else you will see the ball bounce off your racket at crazy angles.

You can still block top spins and watch your ball land on the other side. You can push/block and have your opponent run all over the place, but beware of the spinnier returns, and try to play aggressively, which is the real beauty of this rubber !!!

Balls with curve into the table and chops are sharp, even a slow chopping motion can make a return ball very hard to catch !

Ever increasing speed, spin while still in control makes this rubber really good for the constant rally player. Korean choppers, flippers and pushers will do very well with this rubber as their weapon. They might need to open up their blade slightly and stroke play to get this ( this is a soft sponge rubber ) but no need to add power ! Thats the thing, this rubber reacts if you even slightly brush the ball !!!

Blocking and hitting is probably not a strong suite with this rubber, I think it might be due to the tensor, it requires activation through stroke play where brushing the ball makes the tensor active and the rubber alive. If you block try korean chopping ( even a little bit helps) the resulting ball definitely returns spinnier and the speed might be like as if you hit the ball !!!
Review guusvansoer said this on March 3, 2014:

I use this rubber for my forehand. It's a nice rubber if you want to improve your style with a tensor rubber, you can put it in all kind of blades and not feel the difference. Removing the water based glue is almost impossible from the sponge and the speed is below the standard of the other tensor rubber.
Review Frogger said this on March 8, 2014:

A very high quality rubber suitable for intermediate and advanced players. Nice speed, great spin with high throw. Perfect on Butterfly TBS or M. Maze with regular Rakza on FH and Rakza soft on BH. Reactive to incoming spin so not recommended for beginners. Great for double wing loopers who play mid/away.
Review golandaz_mi said this on March 18, 2014:

After EJ'ing a lil bit around this has become my permanent backhand rubber. Very good controlled offense, awesome opening loops, smashes and chops. This rubber acts a little differently when brand new, so give it a good 4 to 5 hours of use and then the real performance of this rubber kicks in. Initially it seems to me very sensitive to incoming spin but turned out it is not. Not as soft as people would think (because of its name), I would say tad harder than Tenergy 05FX. Very good find!!
Review outlaw said this on April 18, 2014:

i have this rubber on 1.8 and 2.0 on a dhs pg 7 blade feels and plays good ,can flip.loop,smash and serve wiyh great ease and spin,onli problem i have sometimes is blocking but i guess i need more practice to get use to it,only played 2-3 hours with this paddle.this rubber can do well on mid distande ,good luck to all!
Review ex_hai05 said this on October 17, 2014:

Good rubber!
Review sinnay said this on December 7, 2014:

I played about 4 months with this rubber. I am a defender so I chooce the 1.8 version on my fh. This rubber has the best spin I've ever seen, but its a also fast for defending...Good for loops, topspins and serves, difficult in chops and pushes..Another thing is that after 4 months of using (3 times a week) now its not so spinny and the edges are easily damage. Overall good rubber for allrounder or offensive players.
Review 13eWa12N said this on December 22, 2014:

Recommended on FH looping with OFF to OFF+ blade. Great spin with above than average speed. The control of this rubber is a bit hard due to high throw but it is managable somehow.

Paring with Xiom Katana Platinum on FH (max) and it feels great. Even though I changed to thinner blade because it offers more control on backhand side.
Review ujjvalverma said this on January 8, 2015:

Can there be a better rubber... DO NOT AGREE WITH SPIN SPEED CONTROL RATINGS GIVEN HERE... my take is:
Speed 8.9
Spin 9.4
Control 9.7 (There is probably no other rubber matching to control offered by this rubber)
Through angle is medium-high
Durability of top surface is exceptional. 7 months old rubber acts like new.
Wonderful looping... I start using it on FH for its precision. WIll soon have both sides with the same rubber.

I played with Rakza 7 Soft on BH for two years until recently when I realized its wonderful grace on the forehand as well. This is the rubber which would overtake every other rubber in past and future. Very good for top spin play, blocks, chops or what you want to hear... this is a truly great rubber from Yasaka.

I have played with Rakza 7, Rakza 9, Tibhar Evo MXP, Mark V and many other rubbers... but trust me, Rakza 7 soft is one thing which cannot be compared with any other rubber. Its just so unique and awesome.


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