Eye squash rackets are making a splash on the pro tour, with high-profile players including Amr Shabana and Borja Golan using the rackets.
I recently reviewed the Eye X.Lite 120 Control (which both Shabana and Golan use) and Eye X.Lite 120 Power, but how do these fit into the overall Eye Rackets catalog?
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 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:
Eye V.Lite 120 Control
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:
Eye V.Lite 125 Control:
Eye V.Lite 125 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