The Ashaway Powerkill 115 ZX:
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Release year: 2018
Price: £80 / €67
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Racket Specs chart
Advertised weight (unstrung): 115 grams
Head size: 490 cm sq
String pattern: 14x18
Measured weight (all-in): 143.5 grams
Measured balance: 36.5 cm
Factory strings: Ashaway Supernick ZX Micro
I posted the Ashaway Powerkill 115 ZX a while ago on the Ashaway squash rackets page but now it’s getting its own page. Reason: England’s Ben Coleman will be using this racket. He becomes Ashaway’s first sponsored player to use their rackets. He’ll also be using Ashaway SuperNick ZX Micro string.
Alison Waters signed with Ashaway in 2019 and will be using the Powerkill 115:
Here’s my review. Quick thing to note: I didn’t notice until afterward that Goode Sport sent the racket to me with an Ashaway overgrip (thanks for noticing, James). Taking off that overgrip I got 36.5 cm balance point and 143.5 weight.
Ashaway Powerkill 115 XZ Review Transcript
power kill 115 ZX squash racquet this came out in I think 2018 from asteroid big thanks to ash way for sending me this racquet to review for you it has a teardrop shape it comes strong with the ash away super Nick said X micro black strings it’s got a nice cosmetic kind of Pakistan colors get your Jahangir con flavor goin it’s got green black and white and it’s got kind of a I would say a thick shaft chunky frame overall it is a hundred and fifteen gram racket all in on my scale with grip and strings and everything it came out at 150 it’s quite light it feels light and the balance point on this was 35 and a half centimeters so it’s head light as well
a couple of pros have been using this racket Ben Coleman and Alison waters of the UK I think they’ve both played with this in tournaments it is it’s very light it’s the frame feels quite stiff and sturdy I honestly I tried to get to like this frame but I could not really play well with this I tried a few different in a few on a few different days to to kind of get the feel for this the problem for me was normally actually I like a head heavier frame slightly head heavier and so I never quite felt like this racket was coming through the shot the way that I wanted it to and the chunky frame like I just had trouble getting a feel for the ball I do like a stiffer feel and this has that but for whatever reason I could just never get the never get the feel on this particular racquet well one positive of this is that the four hundred and ninety centimeter squared a head size is pretty large without feeling unduly without being the maximum of 500 you really feel like there’s a lot of string area it’s got a pretty big sweet spot you can get a lot of power on it
I think once you develop your your feel with this racket and the touch aspect I did not I I never personally developed a great touch with this racket but obviously Alison and Ben are are using this as their primary go to so so maybe that’s maybe that’s just me to be honest with you I actually thought this would be a better racket for kind of an intermediate players because it’s light you don’t feel it just feels easy to play with it there’s it’s it’s it’s quick through the air it’s light to handle but it also feels sturdy enough that it would withstand a few knocks on the wall I’ve only use it for a few weeks so I don’t know about the durability but it feels feels sturdy and solid all around and so I was thinking of it more of for an intermediate player even though I subsequently then remember that it’s actually being used by the press so what do I know overall I like the cosmetic but I never really got the I never really got to hangar this one this is the ash away power kill 115 Zed X hope that was helpful
Paul from PDH Sports on the current Ashaway racket lineup:
Thanks to Lloyd for the tip!