Eye squash rackets are making a splash on the pro tour, with high-profile players including Amr Shabana and Borja Golan using the rackets.
According to this interview with Eye Rackets UK CEO Sam Miller:
All of our products are developed and tested by pros. This is important as it means all our pros use the exact racket that the customer buys. Shabana’s rackets are from the same batch as those sent to our distributors to sell on to every day players.
The rackets also have a unique bumper strip. Or rather, what’s unique is they don’t have bumper strips — they just have “eyelets”. These are little plastic pieces that fit into the individual grommet holes, as opposed to a single (heavier) strip of plastic covering the whole head. You can see a comparison of an Eye racket (foreground) versus a conventional bumper strip in the picture below:
Read below to see all the 2015 / 2016 Eye squash rackets.
Update: Eye will be coming out with some new signature frames for 2016/2017 — see this post for details.
Eye X.Lite Rackets
The Eye X.Lite rackets have a traditional closed-throat design with a slightly above-average head size (490 sq. cm.).
The one that Shabana and Golan use is the Eye X.Lite 120 Control:
The Eye X.Lite 120 Power is the same as the 120 control, but has a more open stringing pattern (12 x 17 instead of 14 x 18):
The Eye X.Lite 110 Control is based off the 120 Control but has 10 grams of weight taken out of the head, making it more head-light:
Eye X.Lite 110 Power
Eye X.Lite 110 Power has the lighter weight AND the more open stringing pattern:
Eye X.Lite Pro Rackets
The Eye X.Lite “Pro” rackets also have a conventional head shape, but they have a smaller head size (460 sq. cm.) than the regular X.Lite rackets.
Once again, the Control versions have more strings than the Power versions, and the 110s have 10 grams taken out of the head.
Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Control
Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Power
Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Control
Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Power
Eye V.Lite Rackets
The V.Lite rackets have a teardrop head shape. Within this group, there are 4 rackets with a vertical stringing pattern:
Emerging Egyptian star Fares Dessouky just switched to this racket in 2015.
Eye V.Lite 120 Power
Eye V.Lite 110 Control
Eye V.Lite 110 Power
And then 5, count ’em 5, rackets with a fan-shaped stringing pattern.
Eye V.Lite 115 Control
Eye V.Lite 115 Power
Up-and-coming Egyptian player Mazen Hesham plays with this racket.
Eye V.Lite 145 Power
And the Eye V.Lite 145 Power is the bonus guy, with 30 grams extra stashed in the head. Good for a beginner, because the extra weight in the head will help you shape your swing, and also give you a bit of extra sturdiness if you come into hard contact with the wall:
All images via eyerackets.co.uk