Yasaka Anti Power Table Tennis Rubber Review

Does Anti Matter?

Yasaka Anti Power
Yasaka Anti Power. Photo courtesy Table Tennis Pioneers

Player Level and Style

Combination bat player with long pips normally on the backhand - 2000+ USATT level. Used on a Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit blade, with Dr. Neubauer Domination 1.5mm on the forehand.

Rubber Reviewed

Yasaka Anti Power antispin rubber, Red, with 2.0mm sponge.

Summary

Anti Power is an aggressive antispin rubber, tailor made for the attacking player who wants to set up opportunities to hit winners with deception via change of pace and unexpected spin effects.

Who Will Like It

Aggressive players who want to twiddle their racket and play topspin style strokes from both sides, using the change of pace and spin to deceive their opponent.
Defenders who value excellent control when chopping over spin variation, and who want to be able to counterattack loose balls with the antispin rubber, will also find something to like in Anti Power.

Who Will Hate It

Players looking for a junk rubber that will allow you to vary the spin significantly yourself, or which provides significant wobble, or which deadens the impact of your opponent's strokes, allowing you to drop shot your returns easily.

Marketing Claim

Anti Power kills not only the Opponent's spin, but also its Power! Plus ensure counter attacking!

The rubber, which neutralizes the spin thanks to the low friction and the moderating qualities of the outer rubber. ANTI POWER is best used by offensive combi players, since the sponge is fast and of highest quality. ANTI POWER goes well together with a spin rubber (VISCO or DO-UP for example).

Specifications

The topsheet is low friction without being totally slick and frictionless.
It's also reasonably soft, so Anti Power feels much like a typical European type rubber. The sponge is actually about as quick as Yasaka claim - bounce a ball on the Anti Power and you'll see it rebound almost as high as on a normal rubber. It's not a super-heavy or super light rubber either - so it will keep your bat feeling fairly normal in terms of head weight.

Playing Impressions

I used to use this rubber back in the early 1990s to play an allround combination bat style.
Trying it again many years later, my memories came flooding back. There are a few things that will stand out if you give Anti Power a try.

Firstly, the feel of the rubber when you hit the ball is very close to that of a standard European style rubber - so it won't feel too strange when you hit the ball. The racket angle you will need to use is different to normal rubber of course, and is fairly similar to that of normal grippy long pips. Because of the soft topsheet, you can actually brush the ball just as you would when looping or chopping, and the ball will still maintain it's expected arc - it won't just slide completely off the rubber as it would with slippery antispin rubbers. This is very nifty, since you can make it obvious that you are brushing the ball, and the ball will fly off at the correct angle, but without any spin of your own added to the ball - making deception a lot easier.

Secondly, you'll notice that the rubber is definitely not a slow anti - despite the name. The fast sponge that Yasaka uses gives the rubber a bit of oomph. So if you're hoping for a antispin that allows you to stick your bat out and gently drop the ball over the net, you're out of luck. This antispin is made for aggressively hitting the ball in a motion similar to your normal topspin style stroke, and then throwing your opponent off because the pace is a little slower that he would expect from your stroke, and the spin is completely different.

Thirdly, while Anti Power does allow you to brush the ball when looping or chopping, it doesn't really allow you to change the spin all that much. You'll be able to increase or decrease the spin a fraction, but the low friction topsheet makes it very hard to kill the spin. I believe what Yasaka means when they claim the rubber neutralizes spin is that it more or less neutralizes the effect the spin has on you, not that it kills the spin.

Overall

Yasaka Anti Power is a specialized rubber, and suits a specialized style of play. It's just about perfect for a player looking to force mistakes from his opponent by combining similar looking aggressive strokes with two very different rubbers and denying your opponent much time to react. You'll be able to attack using the Anti Power with confidence, and the faster sponge will reduce the amount of time your opponent has to adjust, while still having a different enough pace to mess with his timing. The difference in spin effects when compared to a normal rubber will also prove difficult for your opponent to handle. Used aggressively with competent twiddling, and you have a weapon that disrupts your opponent's rhythm while allowing you to retain your own control easily. It's not a rubber for the timid though - with it's fast sponge you have to go actively hunting for openings to blast through, instead of passively taking the pace off the ball and waiting for chances to come.

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Letts, Greg. "Yasaka Anti Power Table Tennis Rubber Review." ThoughtCo, Feb. 29, 2016, thoughtco.com/yasaka-anti-power-table-tennis-rubber-review-3174157. Letts, Greg. (2016, February 29). Yasaka Anti Power Table Tennis Rubber Review. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/yasaka-anti-power-table-tennis-rubber-review-3174157 Letts, Greg. "Yasaka Anti Power Table Tennis Rubber Review." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/yasaka-anti-power-table-tennis-rubber-review-3174157 (accessed October 19, 2017).