Spotted: the Ashaway Venom X-Flash, a traditional head shape added to the Ashaway squash rackets lineup. Thanks to Unet for the tip!
Release year: 2019
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Racket Specs chart
Advertised weight (unstrung): 130 grams
String pattern: 14x18
Measured weight (all-in): 143.5 grams
Measured balance: 37 cm
From the product description:
This is a new addition to the very popular Ashaway squash range we sell. This racket has an unstrung weight of 130 grams and a head heavy balance for extra with power.
This comes pre strung in a top Ashway string the Supernick ZX 1.25mm which offers excellent playability and touch off the ball.
Aero Slim Frame – The Aero Slim Frame in the New Venom X-Flash will produce 30% less drag due to the reduction in width of the slim profile frame. The overall reduction in air resistance will enhance swing speed and make this frame especially useful when killing the ball.
Zero Torsion Throat – The Zero Torsion Throat provides stability to the frame on impact with the ball. This increases accuracy and allows stability through the stroke with minimal vibrations.
Elasto Whip Zone – The Venom X-Flash has a low flex point for increased power.
X-Fiber Reinforced – Reinforced 40 Tonne Carbon Graphite is used in ‘criss-cross’ layers to give this frame extra strength and stability.
Here’s my review! Nice all-around racket.
Ashaway Venom X Flash Review Transcript
review today of the ash away venom X flash squash racket thanks to ash way for sending me a copy this to review for everybody this is a traditional bridge frame with a 14 by 18 string pattern it is a kind of common frame shape with a kind of an elongated head if you like but it’s not it’s not super wide the I’ll just compare it to the ash away power kill 120 Zed X which has a also has a personal head shape but sticks out a little lighter I don’t know if you can see that it sticks out a little wider it’s funny when I was playing with the with the orange one with the Zed X you can see kind of there it’s much wider that wider at the sides here the orange one and a little bit shorter in the throat it’s funny in my hand it feels like dramatically different it feels like this is much narrower and much longer but really it’s only a few millimeters but it’s kind of it feels pronounced when I’m playing with it I felt like this was a much more maneuverable in the back corners in a way that
I really like that was my one downside of this racket was it felt big I mean it looks sort of funny to see them next to each other and see how small the difference like I said but this was nice and maneuverable got plenty of power on this thing it is a it’s a pretty long string bed so you’re still getting a lot of a lot of rebound on this the string pattern is a little bit more open so if depending on whether you like that kind of feel that’s the case with this versus the Zed X which has a more dense pattern the also difference between these two is this has a concave frame shape and this has more of a conventional one convex the era slim frame this has a bunch of kind of little little things printed on an era slim frame zero torsion throat makes sense and also X fiber reinforced elasto whip zone I don’t know what those really mean but the this this racquet plays really nicely so it’s got decent power because of that elongated head and but also but but also quite good control for me
I prefer the the dense string pattern to give feel a lot ton of control that’s kind of a personal preference so I think that I found the Zed X the power kill to have a little more control in the kind of open court area because I could really carve the ball well and this has a little more control in tight spaces because it had a little bit of because of a smaller head size all in all you know this is a proven shape and I think they’ve got a you know they’ve done a decent job with the cosmetics on this I like the red and black and white flavor to it and all-in-all I enjoyed playing with this racket on the scale it was one hundred and forty three point four grams so it’s it’s pretty light and the unstrung weight hundred and thirty grams so 130 130 gram racquet all in weight one hundred and forty three and a half and the balance point on this
I was really surprised to see this on my scale it’s at 37 centimeters which is pretty heavy but when I was playing with it if anything I was like oh man this rackets to head light for me so I really can’t explain that number it it it felt lighter than my the other Acula I’ve been playing with and except on the scale this is coming had heavier cannot explain that it feels very super maneuverable racket does not feel head heavy in my hands it’s got a very light pickup and definitely this is a kind of this is good one for a fast moving hard-hitting hard-hitting player it’s a you can get even though it’s kind of funny to call it the elastic whippin zone but I do think you can get this racket through the air really fast and get a lot of kilowatt power on the ball as well as being able to control your control your shots and tight spaces so overall overall a good entry from a shway hope that was helpful