Great racket, very happy with my purchase. Feels more manoeuvrable and quicker than my old, now backup, crucible (not incognito), which I also love. A noticable improvement on back corner work and volleying. Would recommend to all players. Looks sexy too.
I purchased this racquet recently, and have been very happy with it, winning my last 4 intercity squash matches. It has great power, feel and touch. The stringing was done exactly as asked for, and the overgrip is perfect. For the price I cannot imagine a better racquet for the price.
Probably the best racquet I ever had, even though I usually prefer traditional head shapes. I felt like I had more control and more power compared to my old Harrow Vapor, my previous favourite racquet. The racquet is very stiff, and I would not recommend to someone who likes to make use of flick shots frequently. Volleying feels excellent and the ball just pops right off without having to exert power. The ball seems to go exactly where I want it to go, especially for drop shots. I had no problem at all generating power with the racquet, even from awkward positions. I would recommend this racquet to players who favour control over power, especially those who like to volley and play very precise drop shots. I would not recommend this racquet to the pure power-player. I wanted to give this racquet 5 stars, but...
Regrettably, after only 3,5 weeks of use (about 8 times playing), I broke it after making contact with the wall with the racquet, attempting to play a boast. Admittedly, it was a pretty hard hit to the wall. Still, I think most other racquets would have survived the impact. I had been very careful with it prior to this incident. It is really sad, as I was really starting to feel the racquet and had become adapted to the non-conventional head shape. Of course, this can happen in a game like squash.
I still would like to try other Xamsa racquets now, such as the Obsidian, as I liked the racquet very much; but considering the total price (racquet+shipping to the Netherlands) I may just use my old racquet for now.
I discussed the issue with Olivier. It so happened Olivier had a video of his match and agreed to upload it for others to see. Thank you!
It's hard to tell. The impact with the wall was quite significant. The glass wall is particularly brutal as it's a much stiffer material.
We tested this model thoroughly and it didn't appear to be fragile at all.
Anyway, let's give it another try. Olivier was kind enough to pay 50% for a warranty replacement. Hopefully, a new racquet will serve you well and long! Please keep us posted.