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Xamsa Obsidian Incognito eXposed is officially a head light racquet!
135 g / 342 mm balance. You may ask what is so unique about it?
Well, since there is no industry standard, the term "head light" is often misused. The racquet length is 686 mm so the even balance point is 343 mm. In theory, if the number is higher than 343, the racquet is head heavy and if the number is lower, the racquet is head light. That being said, we have measured hundreds of different brand racquets (strung) and all of them had a balance point of more than 343 mm (head heavy by definition). Some long time ago, we tried to make a Xamsa racquet with a head light balance but the racquet turned out to be unplayable - too weak on off-center shots and was lacking power big time. At that point, we decided to put this idea aside but kept thinking that, perhaps, in the future, we would be able to come up with the model that would be exceptionally maneuverable and relatively stable at the same time. Not sure this is the moment but it seems we are not too far from it.
When I first tried it in a solo practice, I didn't like it either as I couldn't achieve a consistent length and had to force every shot to make it to the back of the court but my perspective has changed once I started using it in a real game. It's just so light and maneuverable that I quickly learnt how to generate enough swing speed to get the ball to the back of the court and what a touch it has on drop shots! You literally feel when the ball touches the strings and all it takes is to direct it to the right spot. Well, it goes without saying that you have to be steady and in the right position to do the drop shot in the first place.