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Comments: I bought this racket based solely on the reviews and ratings posted over at the other big online racquetball company. For reference, I am 54, play 3-4 times a week at high B level and have been playing with the Ektelon O3 Red and White rackets along with an E-Force Command Power Flex 170. This racket is everything it is advertised to be and more. It is as powerful as anything I have played but what I found most amazing was the instant improvement in control from anywhere on the court. The shots where I can set my feet are easier than ever but the off balance and defensive shots are now more often headed towards the intended target. Which is a (good) problem of sorts because this racket gives me the confidence to try to turn a defensive shot into an attack...which I need to work on as I'm now only limited by my physical skill as opposed to the equipment.
From: Jerry, Sacramento, CA, USA, 08/14
Skill-level: High B
String type and tension: Head Megablast 17, 34 lbs
Comments: I ordered this racquet as a demo along with Head Problem Child, Scorpion, and Great White. For reference...I'm 5'10" and weigh 190lbs. I'm 48yrs young and in good shape overall. I've been playing racquetball regularly for about 3yrs now. Most would consider me a very good B player at this stage. The Ares was the heaviest of the bunch at 175 unstrung and out of the four demos it certainly felt the heaviest to me. It seemed to have the second most power with my swing (the Scorpion felt a bit more powerful). Pros: Very powerful. Zero vibration. Sturdy feeling. Cons: Felt a disconnect between the power output and ball placement. I'd imagine I'd need a few weeks to really "learn" this racquet. In other words, I had a hard time with ball control. I often would hit the ball with an intention only to have the ball come out too far for my opponents. Bottom line: It's a powerful stick that just doesn't work for me.
From: Tony, NJ, USA, 08/14
Comments: Great racquet, quite possibly my 'Holy Grail Racquet'. Provides just the right amount of feedback when hitting the ball. Lots of pop off the string bed, large sweet spot, Pretty forgiving on outside the spot. Tons of power and accuracy. Demo'd most of the other high end racquets, some I didn't like, some I liked, this was the only one I loved. Well worth the money.
From: LD, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA, 02/14
String type and tension: Head Megablast @ 36lbs
Comments: It is an amazing choice for any backcourt player, it´s very powerful, maneuverable and sticky; allows you to control every aspect of the game easier. Even better feel than ProKennex 175g for 2013. I think this is the best middle-weight racquet of 2013.
From: Paulo P., Cochabamba, Bolivia, 07/13
String type and tension: Head Megablast 17, 32lbs or Ektelon Premier Power 18 around 35 lbs
Comments: Just got the Ares 175, great racquet, excellent feel when hitting the ball, very stiff racquet. Though it seems to be heavy at the beginning it's very powerful when you get used to this stick...will be my choice for 2013.
From: David C., La Paz, Bolivia, 07/13
String type and tension: Ashaway Ultrakill 17g, 35-37 lbs or Head Megablast.