Mark V

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 6 years ago

Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois

I have been seeing reviews on the mark v saying that it isn’t fast enough and doesn’t have enough spin. This makes me question whether I should get it or not.

Do you think the mark v has good enough spin/speed?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Kabeer,

It is all relevant.  Mark V is fast enough if you have been playing with a premade bat.  It is a reasonable first step into the custom made market.

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

Hi Kabeer.  I use Mark V on several different bats (1 being a Ping Skills Rook).  I used another Mark V clad bat at the club last night and received a number of comments from several high-level players about how much spin I was putting on the ball.  I'm not a skilled player yet so most of it must be due to the rubbers rather than some amazing technique. The Mark V will produce plenty of spin however they are right in that it is not a fast rubber.  It's great for a developing intermediate player. 

Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Posted 6 years ago

Thanks Rohan

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

Cheers.  If you decide to get the Mark V.  Post back here with your thoughts on it.  I'm interested in what others think.

BTW, I use 1.8 mm on the BH side and 2.0 mm on the FH side.

Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 6 years ago

Rohan, Several years ago I tried a bat that had Mark V on it. It seemed quite fast with plenty of spin to me. But then again people tell me that the Friendship 729 FX I use is very slow. I find if I hit it hard it goes fast and if I hit it gently it goes slowly. I've not had trouble smashing. Tensor rubbers can be nice to play with but some of the old non-tensors are very good for technique and consistency. I think Mark V is a very good rubber and you must have at least reasonable technique if not better to generate lots of spin. Mark V's consistency allows players to improve their technique and spin - so you are right it is a good one to use, but you must take some of the credit too :o)

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

:) thanks Nigel.

I also use DHS H3, Xiom Vega and recently Victas 401 rubbers on other blades and my experience is that they are all faster than Mark V but all have less control. I actually think the Mark V can generate about as much spin as the Xiom and not quite as much as the H3.  Of the 4 rubbers, the Victas produces the most spin and speed with my technique but loses out in the control stakes to the Mark V and Xiom.  I think once I improve enough to make the most of it, the Victas will be my "go to" rubber but until then, the Mark V offers good performance in all areas along with a fairly high degree of 'forgiveness'/margin of error.


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