The Opfeel SR 990 Power is a 2019 squash racket from Decathlon.
This will be Camille Serme’s racket starting in 2019. It’s an updated version of the Artengo SR 990 from 2017. Decathlon changed the branding of their squash rackets from Artengo to Opfeel in 2019.
Release year: 2019
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Buy (UK): decathlon.co.uk
Here’s a teaser photo featuring Camille:
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Here’s Camille using the racket in match play, at the 2019 Yusuf Khan Invitational:
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Shoes: Asics Gel Fastball 3
Thanks to Michel for the tip.
I have the older Artegno 990s and love them. For racquets that cost me $50US each, they rival (but do not surpass) the Vapors and Sparks I left behind due to their cost and increasing fragility.
These are sturdy (5 years in, JUST broke my first and it was my fault, flung into the plaster sidewall) yet strung to my desired tightness offer excellent control and power when I need it.
I despair that my others (at this price, bought 4 and wish I’d been able to get more before it was discontinued) are going to start failing failing before Decathlon brings their replacement back.
We know this racquet is loosely based on a Carboflex mold. Can anyone tell me if the shaft has the multi-shaped bumps and ridges like the TF or is the shaft pretty consistant?
I use the SR 590 and the SR 960 which weight 130 and 120 grams respectively as opposed to the 990.
The design looks quite the same with lateral ridges. So i would assume so.
How is it possible that this ‘high end’ racquet only costs 60 euros when other brand’s top end racquets usually cost over 150?
Decathlon is a mass market company and makes a lot of low end equipment including squash rackets. My guess is the 990 was a bit of a surprise at being a decent racket and that it is used by Camille Serme – it would be good to ask her why she uses it (obviously she is sponsored by Decathlon but I can’t believe she’d compromise on rackets at her level). How does she compare it with especially the Technfibres as that’s the premium French range.
Also, the top end rackets aren’t all as costly as you say.
My take on the 990 is it has qualities of both being light and stiff and just feels good to play with especially when you get tired but it is not a forgiving play and needs high accuracy. I played some great back hand volley drop-nick shots with it the other day. I will try better strings when the factory ones break.
In the casual club evening I co-run I take 6 or so of my rackets along for people to try and by far the most popular of course is the Carboflex 125 but also I have 2 Black Knights including the Great White doubles, which is a great precision and forgiving racket.