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A review of the Head Graphene XT Xenon 135 Slimbody AFP Squash Racquet

I decided I wHead Graphene XT Xenon 135 Slimbody AFP Squash Racquetanted to give a racquet with a smaller head a go again as I believe it compliments my game. My game is not a power game it is more about moving my opponent around the court. I like to volley, I like to take the ball short and I really like to lob. When I am playing well and having success it is generally because I am moving well and because my control of where the ball is going is on. I try to make the court big for my opponent by hitting in to the corners and by hitting in to open spaces. The Head Graphene XT Xenon 135 Slimbody AFP Squash Racquet is really designed for control. While Omar Mosaad, “The Hammer of Thor” can certainly crush the ball with this racquet (he used its predecessor last season) it is designed around control and not power.

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Review of the new Black Knight Quicksilver MAX and Quicksilver LT

Recently we received the new Black Knight Quicksilver LT and Black Knight Quicksilver MAX. These are Black Knight’s new racquets from the Quicksilver series and, even though they are very different from each other, they are both amazing for different reasons. I took them out for a hit earlier this week and was impressed with what these racquets can do. Also, I got Cameron Seth, the University of Waterloo Squash varsity team’s captain, 2014 OUA champion and MVP, and 2014-2015 Men’s All-Stars, to try them out as well and give me his thoughts since he has been using the previous Quicksilver nXs model for a couple years now. I will give my opinion about each racquet in different categories with some of Cameron’s comments as well.

Power and Sweet Spot

Both racquets where able to generate a good amount of power but in different ways. As for the Quicksilver MAX its power is generated from its weight; weighting 135 grams (5 grams heavier than the Quicksilver nXs) with an even balance, this racquet can generate good enough power. Also, it was easier to get the ball to the back of the court with a slower swing which is a great advantage since it takes some effort off the player when swinging.

Hitting with the Quicksilver LT I noticed a big difference on how I was able to generate power with it since it is only 125 grams (5 grams lighter than the Quicksilver nXs) with a slight head light balance. Featuring the first teardrop design of the Quicksilver series: this is where all its power comes from. At first, just by holding the racquet, I thought I would not be able to generate as much power with it but once I took it on court I was proven wrong. This racquet snaps the ball incredibly fast which allowed me to be more aggressive. Also, my low and hard shots would fly by my opponent giving them a really hard time returning the ball.

Each racquet had its own sweet spot in different places. The MAX felt like the whole head was its sweet spot since every single shot felt so smooth on my hands and I felt little to no vibration through the racquet at all. I absolutely loved hitting the ball with this one. For the LT, Cameron took it for a hit first and told me its sweet spot was harder to find as it is higher up on the racquet. This is due to its long vertical strings that come from the teardrop design. But, once I hit with it and was able to hit the ball on the sweet spot, my shots would fly towards the front wall as the trampoline effect due to the longer strings was maximized.

Control and Stability

As expected, both racquets are very different when it comes to control and stability. This is because of both the weight and design of the racquet. A heavier, bridged racquet with a thicker beam such as the Quicksilver MAX will generally provide better control than the lighter, thinner teardrop Quicksilver LT.

Black Knight Quicksilver MAX Squash Racquet

Black Knight’s Quicksilver MAX

With the MAX, I could feel the racquet going through the ball very solidly thus creating more spin and control on the ball. Also, the bridged design decreases the trampoline effect thus providing less variability in the direction of the ball as it comes off the face of the racquet. As for stability, I will rely on Cameron’s opinion since he uses the previous Quicksilver nXs. The first thing he noticed was how much more stable the MAX was than the nXs; this is due to the MAX being thicker and heavier. He found this feature to be a great improvement from Black Knight as the racquet was much more forgiving while dampening vibrations better.

With the LT it was harder to control the ball which is natural since the trampoline effect is greatly increased by the racquet’s teardrop design. But don’t get me wrong, this racquet was still able to provide good control whenever I needed to hit precision shots. As for stability, being a light racquet with a slightly head light balance, this racquet is a bit less stable; but, an accurate player will find this not to be a problem and will enjoy the racquet’s full potential.

Maneuverability

A racquet’s maneuverability can be greatly exploited by a player if the right type of racquet is chosen; this is a very personal choice and each one of these racquets provide their own type of handling that will benefit different types of players.

The Quicksilver MAX being heavier is harder to maneuver on shorter, quicker swings. With a more solid and fluid swing racquet control is remarkably good though. Having said this, a player with a more controlled and fluid swing will find this racquet very helpful. However, a player with a shorter swing looking for a more stable racquet can also benefit from this racquet if they are able to swing a bit of a heavier racquet fast enough. For example, Cameron has a short swing but since he has enough strength to swing the racquet fast, he ended up wanting this racquet over his Quicksilver nXs.

Black Knight Quicksilver LT Squash Racquet

Black Knight’s Quicksilver LT

With the Quicksilver LT maneuverability is absolutely amazing; this is not surprising due to the fact that it has a head light balance while weighting only 125 grams. Using this racquet I was able to use very short swings to attack my opponent at the front of the court. I was also able to implement deception much better since I could hold my shot for a longer time. Furthermore, my racquet preparation was much faster which allowed me to intercept shots in the form of volleys at the middle of the court. This is greatly favorable for an aggressive player who likes to put constant pressure on their opponent. Also, someone with a shorter, quick swing with profit from this racquet as well.

Conclusion

These racquets are amazing. Whether looking for more control and stability or more power and maneuverability, these are two great racquets to keep in mind. I think these racquets will benefit many players with different play styles at different levels. If you can generate great power but are looking for more control, go for the Quicksilver MAX. If you are very accurate but want to generate more power on short swings, take the Quicksilver LT. For the Quicksilver LT I have to say that I absolutely enjoyed a great deal using all of its power and handling. As for the Quicksilver MAX, I will put it in Cameron’s words: I love this beauty.

To learn more about the Quicksilver MAX click here. To learn more about the Quicksilver LT click here. If you are in our area feel free to come to our Pro Shop and try out these new additions to the Quicksilver series and tell us how you like them!

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New Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 S

The new Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 S has just arrived and I am lucky I got to test it out already. This is the racquet used by Women’s World Number 4 Nour El Sherbini and I have to say that it is incredible. For the past few years I have been playing with the previous models of the Carboflex 130 and I have to say that I like the new one a lot better. It also includes a new removable bumper which gives room to play around with the balance of the racquet.

The new design is a bit thinner giving the racquet more maneuverability. I found that it was easier to volley as I could get the racquet ready quick on the middle of the court, unlike the previous model where this was harder to do. This is all due to the streamlined shaft, which increases power without sacrificing speed. I found too that I could hold my swing longer since I could swing my racquet faster and with a shorter swing. The previous model had a great balance between power and maneuverability but Tecnifibre has managed to improve this even more with the Carboflex 130 S.

Carboflex 130 S The balance on this racquet is 355mm, the same as the previous model. But, a noticeable difference came when I started hitting the ball. I found that the amount of power generated by both racquets is very similar but when hitting the ball on the sweet spot the Carboflex 130 S generates a bit more power. Also, again when hitting the ball on the sweet spot it was easier to carry my swing on and power through the ball easier, allowing me to hit better hard shots. The type of strings affect the amount of power a racquet generates but, luckily enough, I have the factory strings on my racquet so I had a better idea of their differences when comparing them.

One of the biggest differences for me was how much better I could control the ball with the new model. I was able to hit better drop shots as well as return the ball where I wanted with more accuracy. The feel on this racquet was amazing. Anytime I needed to hit a drop shot I could hit with confidence because I knew the racquet would do what I wanted it to do. Even thou both the previous and the new model have the Basaltex Mutliaxial technology, the new model’s flex benefits provide a more powerful, fast, and responsive racquet that suited my game even better.

Nour El SherbiniA neat new feature of the Carboflex 130 S is the new CUSTOM FIT Bumper technology which allows the bumper to be removed when the racquet is being restrung. The result of removing the bumper is a lighter head thus allowing the player to have a faster swing. I myself didn’t get to try it out but I would highly recommend players who own it to give it a try since it is great to have two different balance settings in a single racquet. This new technology has been tested by Men’s World Number 1 Mohamed El Shorbagy which really says a lot.

Not even is this racquet aesthetically pleasing to the eye; it is also an amazing and powerful racquet. Tecnifibre definitely did a great job with this new model as it brings more maneuverability, great power, and enhanced feel. I had an amazing time playing with it and discovering how all the new features helped my game. I would encourage players who use Tecnifibre racquets and any other player to take out this new edition for a hit if you have the chance; you will not regret it

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Daryl Selby – Black Knight Magnum Corona 6

@BK_1976 the Twitter Account of Black Knight in the UK has been busy this week asking people who their newest sponsored player was in the video below.

Today it was finally revealed who the player was. Many had been able to guess already but it was confirmed by Black Knight to be Daryl Selby

Daryl Selby

They did not announce the racquet he has selected to play with but it looks like and I have been able to confirm it is the Black Knight Corona6.

Black Knight Magnum Corona6 Squash Racquet

Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 Squash Racquet

Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 as used by Daryl Selby

Signing Daryl Selby is a great choice for Black Knight. The highest profile player they have signed currently other than Daryl is David Palmer but he is no longer playing on the PSA Tour having retired. Having someone that has been a top 10 player and may well return to the top 10 in their lineup gives Black Knight some excellent exposure. Daryl Selby is someone that often goes deep in to the PSA tournaments so he will be seen on PSAsquashtv.com regularly as well as of course in person at the tournaments. We should get to see Daryl in action with his new Black Knight Magnum Corona6 shortly in the upcoming World Team Championships.

We have the Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 for sale here: Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 Squash Racquet

We have previously reviewed it here: Black Knight Magnum Corona6 Squash Racquet Review

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Dunlop Biomimetic Squash Racquets for the 2013 / 2014 Season

 

This is the time of year that we are busy ordering and getting ready for the next squash season.  It is the end of the squash season for most but for us it is an exciting time.  We are busy going over catalogues and order forms trying to figure out what to order for the next squash season.  So what is coming from Dunlop for the next squash season?  All new racquets in the Biomimetic series!

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Harrow Spark Review

I recently switched to the Harrow Spark after several years using the Black Knight Magnum Corona. The primary difference between these racquets is the lightness of the Spark. The Corona is, in my opinion, a fairly standard racquet in terms of weight and balance. The head is almost completely circular while the Spark is more oblong.

There is, of course, a trade-off with a lighter racquet. The Spark is a very “maneuverable” racquet, meaning you can hit the ball with a compromised or improvised swing and don’t necessarily need a full backswing to make good contact. However, to generate power you need ample racquet head speed. It took me a few weeks to adjust to this difference; the Corona was heavier and thus more powerful. Overall I prefer the freedom afforded by the Spark. It is much easier to dig the ball out of the back corners, and to hit the ball when it’s behind you (or otherwise non-ideal positions). Having to generate racquet head speed is also a good thing for shot consistency and accuracy. I would recommend it for players who feel their current racquet is sluggish or difficult to control.

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New Squash Shoes from Hi-Tec

Hi Tec V-Lite Infinity Flare Squash Shoes as used by Nick Matthew

 

We are very pleased to have received our new shipment of Hi-Tec squash shoes for the upcoming squash season. This year is pretty exciting as it sees the launch of two new models. The Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinty Flare, the squash shoes that Nick Matthew is playing with are one of the new models.  The other is the Hi-Tec V-Lite Crosscourt Squash shoes. Here are the details on both shoes.

Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity Flare Squash Shoes

The new V-Lite Infinity Flare, as worn by double world champion Nick Matthew is a product at the very top of its game. Packed full of game changing technologies – lightweight, fast, cushioned, supportive. The Infinity Flare is simply a superior a shoe to anything else on the market. Want to be a better squash player? Then demand the best and choose the Infinity Flare!

Nick Matthew: “The Infinity Flare are the most supportive and cushioned squash shoes I’ve ever had the privilege to wear”.

Features

  • 4:SYS midsole reduces loading rates by up to 35%
  • Heel impact zone – the impact zone provides up to 38% better impact cushioning than other leading footwear
  • Super light moulded EVA sockliner
  • External TPU heel counter
  • Seamless upper for unrivalled comfort
  • Forefoot ESS inserts to aid lateral movement
  • Abrazone forefoot re-enforcement
  • Bonded nylon support frame

The Blue/Yellow version of the Infinity Flare are now discontinued.  We have a new and improved model in stock. To check them out click on the View in store link below!










Hi-Tec V-Lite Crosscourt Squash Shoes

Court is where it all started for Hi-Tec. Our original success grew from the breakthrough design and development of H

i-Tec’s first ever shoe, the Hi-Tec Squash, specifically designed for the then fast growing game of squash. We continue to push the boundaries with our Squash shoes with technologies such as V-Lite & Peak Force.

Features

  • Lightweight V-Lite upper with TPU welded overlays.
  • Asymmetrical lacing system for anatomical fit.
  • Abrazone liquid rubber toe cap protection
  • Multi-density CMEVA midsole for improved efficiency.
  • Non-marking Peak Force outsole technology.

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V-Lite

V-Lite is a revolutionary vertical build concept that strips away as much weight as possible without sacrificing performance or durability.

To purchase the Hi-Tec V-Lite Crosscourt Squash shoes click here.

Hi-Tec V-Lite Crosscourt Squash Shoes

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Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet

We just received our new shipment of Biomimetic racquets from Dunlop and I was very excited to open it to see the new Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet.  It is a great looking racquet and I will be giving our demo a try in the next few days.  For now here is a promotional picture from Dunlop and the specifications of it.

To purchase the Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash racquet please click here

The updated Biomimetic Max is an ideal racquet for any advanced/intermediate player looking for pure power.  The teardrop head shape provides long main strings for greater string deflection enhanced by Powermax string pattern.  Control and pin point precision is improved with the inclusion of Anatomic Construction technology which increases torsional stability during off centre shots.
The racquet is constructed with graphite and features Dunlop’s Biomimetic technology.  HM6 Carbon enahnces the racquet feel, Aerosping technology reduces aerodynamic drag making the racquet faster through the air and the Gecko-Tac grip gives ultimate control in all conditions.
Ramy Ashour Highest PSA World Ranking #1’s racquet.
Frame Weight: 130g
Balance: Extra Head Light
Head Size: 500cm2
Stiffness: 80
String Pattern: 14×18 Powermax
String Tension: 20-30lbs
Construction: HM6 Carbon
String: Precision
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Biomimetic, Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon and Gecko-Tac Grip – Dunlop’s new technology for squash racquets

Dunlop’s new racquets for the 2011/2012 squash season are almost here.  We expect to have them in our ProShop and online store in July.  With their arrival coming so soon it is time to start looking at the new technologies that Dunlop have added to their line of racquets for this year.  The new series name is Biomimetic – Inspired by nature perfected by Dunlop.  The new technologies added this year to their Biomimetic series are: Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon and Gecko-Tac Grip. 

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New squash racquets coming from Black Knight!

Black Knight has some really great looking new squash racquets coming out very soon.  We received our first product shots of them this week and they really do look amazing.  There are new racquets in the ION series and Magnum series.  I have not had a chance to try these racquets out yet but will be doing so in the next week or two if things go according to plan.  I will be posting more information on them then.  For now here are the pictures!

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