Quick post for the Ashaway Powerkill 120 ZX. This is one of the Ashaway squash rackets.
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Release year: 2018
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Racket Specs chart
Advertised weight (unstrung): 120 grams
Head size: 500 cm sq
String pattern: 16x19
Measured weight (all-in): 142 grams
Measured balance: 37.5 cm
Factory strings: Ashaway SuperNick ZX
An overview of all the Ashaway racquets (including this one) from Paul at PDH Sports:
Here’s my review. Great racket.
Ashaway Powerkill ZX 120 Review
What’s up squash players this is Pierre from Squash Source I have a review today of the Ashaway Powerkill 120 ZX. It’s available I believe exclusively at PDH Sports in the UK so I have to say “Zed X” to have the proper pronunciation so there’s no confusion as to what this racket is. Thank you to Goode Sports in the UK — they are a distributor — for sending me this racquet to review. I have been playing with it for several days now, I have used it multiple times, and I have to tell you, this is a really sweet racket. I really like it. I’ve been using a teardrop shape but this is a traditional shape. It is a pretty large head size probably this is 500 centimeters squared head size with a concave frame shape. As many readers pointed out it is very reminiscent of the Harrow racquets. It is a little larger than the Spark.
I compared it up against a little bigger head size I compared it to a friend’s spark so I measured it at a weight of 142 grams all in its advertised 120 but including everything strings and grip and all the rust 142 grams so it’s it is pretty light and it’s got a balance point of 37 and a half which is quite head heavy but it doesn’t feel it feels a little head heavy but if the overall impression of this back is that it’s really light light pickup and to have a touch of head heaviness is actually in my book a big plus because it really feels like you can kind of chop in your shots nicely this racquet has a ton of control this kind of traditional bridged frame it gives you a lot of control you can you feel like you can really work the ball across the strings in a lot of different dimensions and also it has a it has a fairly dense string pattern
I think it’s sixteen by nineteen and that allows you to also kind of feel the the grip of the strings that’s strung with ash away what is this called – it’s called Zed X as well the string right yes it’s strung with ash aways EDX string and the it feels really nice I like this string it has a little bit of grip to it and it is a high quality string as a sure way is known for their branching out into squash rackets here to compliment their their long-running string business so on-court the control of this was really excellent as I mentioned you can really work the ball across the strings but the because the head size is quite large the power of this was also quite nice I really feel like there’s a big sweet spot and there’s a lot of opportunity to put put a good hit on the ball the balance felt great I like this it’s got a slightly stiff which I attribute to the the concave frame shape and all around I just I thought this is really excellent racket so the only downside I had was because it’s a 500 centimeter head shape sometimes I found myself kind of stuck in a back corner trying to you know trying to get a ball out dug out of there and I found like the larger head size
I would just kind of go clunk against the wall I mean even though it’s only feel a little bit of difference you know it’s that they kind of that’s the one downside of having a larger head size for me it’s kind of fine-tuned working in the corners and I think the cosmetics look cool I like the orange and black and the face is this – random comment but I kind of wish they’d used a different font what is this the actually font is so cool and it’s got like this awesome custom lettering and then I don’t know if what this is Pope you got we got to improve the typography I know that’s not a very important consideration when it comes to your when it comes to winning a squash matches you wish typography you have but that’s my one it cosmetic criticism overall a overall a really excellent racket it is available in the UK but you can order from pdh sports and they deliver probably everywhere sort of check it out and hopefully that was helpful this is the Asha way power kill 120 Zed X alright thanks a lot
1) how does this frame compares to Dunlop SC Iconic 130?
2) apparently, this racket has received an upgrade to the Meta version – https://www.sweatband.com/collections/ashaway-squash-rackets/products/ashaway-powerkill-120-meta-squash-racket
Good question. I don’t have the Ashaway anymore to do a direct comparison. I am *guessing* the Iconic 130 is the same frame shape as the powerkill but not 100% sure.
Robert James says
Does anyone have any thoughts on best stringing strategy for these?
Normally a Tecnifibre 305 guy but loving the Supernick ZX in these.
Should I re-string with the ZX again, go for the micro because thinner’s better or try my beloved 305?
Stick with the ZX would be my advice. I tried the micro string and the feel is stiffer and I didn’t really feel like there was a performance difference.
Rob Ellis says
I had this racket and absolutely loved it, however the frame snapped after a couple of months.
It had a wonderful touch and feel, and really helped me with accuracy, only let down by its fragility.