I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always found Black Knight to be a great brand for designing a variety of squash racquets that cater to all styles and abilities. The Hex Blaze LT, like other racquets in Black Knight’s ‘Hex’ series, is designed for players looking for power, responsiveness, and lightning-quick maneuverability.
The Blaze LT has a very vibrant colour scheme, primarily consisting of a glossy purple colour, and also featuring white, yellow, and blue. The racquet also comes fully strung with orange Ashaway Supernick ZX strings. So yeah, it’s pretty bright!
There’s also Black Knight branding all over the racquet, including a nod to Black knight’s Canadian origin, and the LT has a teardrop frame shape, which is supposed to provide the user with an increased level of power.
I’m pretty excited to try this one out!
With a head-light balance point, and a 130 gram unstrung frame weight, the Hex Blaze LT feels pretty quick to use! After some practice swings, I felt like this racquet really helps out with a short swing, and taking the ball early.
This kind of weighting may mainly complement the short punchy swing, however, in terms of stiffness, this racquet is right in the middle. As it’s not too stiff, I’m hoping to be able to get a good feel of the ball, as well as a decent level of power!
Hitting the ball
Wow, the long mains strings provided by the teardrop shape provide all the power you need. Although it’s light, you can seriously crack the ball if you want to!
The 14×18 string pattern, and generous 490cm2 head size, both assist well with control. The Black LT’s sweet spot is a good size, which is great if you’re taking balls early as off-centre hits are much more likely to be forgiven.
Finally, I’ve got to mention the incredibly popular Ashaway SuperNick ZX strings the racquet comes fully strung with, they seem to hold tension very well, and have a great soft feel to them.
I love it! Very responsive, very powerful, and very fast, what more could you ask for?