i returned back to competitive play in 2008 after a 9yr hiatus. because of the changes in rules and technology it took me awhile to adapt to the modern game and its equipment. nevertheless, after 3 different blades and as many rubber sheets, i decided to have a custom blade built to my specs; after many different combinations of rubbers: chinese,german,japanese, tacky, sticky, etc. i decided to try 2 sheets of mark v that were on my stiga offensive from 99. not only is the mark v complete in all aspects of the game, its characteristics are consistent and trustworthy. unlike the current rubber technologies, mark v plays with you, not for you...call me a traditionalist, but you can have every so-called new rubber technology, because in the end its the true player that makes his play and equipment a weapon not the other way around.
- james, INT