It does feel great and the sound it makes when you hit the ball is massive, crunch!
I don't see why you couldn't scrape out some of the foam and put in some silicone in the retail, thats what I did with my open pattern pro stocks and it really helped. Might help soften the retail up a bit? My pro stock open patterns were just too light in the handle, couldn't volley with them at all but now, no problem.
There really is very little between the h22, h19 and open pattern blade, really tough call to be honest. They are all exceptional racquets in my opinion.