This is the fourth part of an eight part series taking a look at the various soccer balls I have acquired over the years. In this post, I take a look at the recently acquired Mikasa FT5 Goal Master Soccer Ball.
I had mentioned in a previous post that I had really only used Adidas and Nike balls before I got a PUMA one. Well, up until a few weeks ago, I had never really bothered to look beyond well known major brands when it came to acquiring new soccer balls. This time around, I decided that I would look for a ball made by a lesser known manufacturer not only for a new experience, but also to possibly get a comparable quality ball at a lower price. This is how I came across Mikasa and their FT5 Goal Master Soccer Ball.
I found this ball on Amazon and all the reviews seemed to have high praise for it. Another thing I considered was the fact that Mikasa was a Japanese brand. Japanese companies are usually well known for high quality products with great attention paid to detail. I figured these same generalizations would apply to the world of soccer balls as well. Another appealing aspect of the ball was the low price. A FIFA match quality ball only costing $33 seemed too good to be true. For comparison, similar quality balls made by Adidas and Nike would likely end up costing twice that amount.
After deciding that I would get this ball, I ordered just one as I was getting two other cheaper Mikasa balls which I will write about in the next post of this series. The balls came in within a week and I got to work with them immediately. After inflating the ball to an appropriate level, I decided to do some juggling. The first thing I noticed was that my ability to bring the ball down seemed instantly better. Granted, with my tennis shoes on, the ball was also quite heavy which I think played a role in making easier to control compared to a lighter ball for instance. I also decided to do some passing, and the quality of the ball was obvious. It seemed like the majority of the time, the ball would I go wherever I wanted it to while I had to barely do any work in the process.
A few days later, I went to the soccer complex and with the other Mikasa balls decided to do some shooting exercises. Again, the quality was very much noticeable. No matter what part of the foot I hit the ball with, it was easy to generate lots of power on the shot and the accuracy was also pretty good. I was not really able to achieve any knuckle balls but that is a skill that will take time to develop as it is much easier for me to get abnormal movement on the ball with my tennis shoes on as opposed to my cleats. The main reason being that I do not feel the ball as much using my cleats compared to my tennis shoes.
Overall, I would say purchasing this ball was a great decision and I hope to get at least six months of use out of this ball before it takes any serious damage. In the future, I definitely will be looking at Mikasa and other similar status brands to get my soccer balls from considering the combination of quality and price was top-tier this time around.
Final rating of the Mikasa FT5 Goal Master Soccer Ball: 5/5 stars.
For more information about this soccer ball click the link below: