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Head Anion 135 Squash Racket

This guy’s called the Head YouTek Anion 135 squash racket. Or technically this is the second-generation of this racket so it’s the Anion2. Well, technically you should actually use a subscript 2, like this: Anion2.

Head Youtek Anion 135 2 Squash Racket
Image via amazon.com

The Anion2 is 135 grams, just like the the Xenon 135. But the Anion2 has strings going all the way down through the throat, whereas the Xenon has the crossbar. Here’s a picture of both rackets for comparison:

Head Youtek Anion 135 2 Squash Racket ← Anion ← Xenon

According to the Head Website, the Anion2 is head-light and geared for power, whereas the Xenon is head-heavy and geared for control.

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Also here’s the 2012 version, which was just called the Head YouTek Anion, without that pesky 2 weighin’ it down.

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Update: The 2013 version of this racket is called the Head Graphene Cyano 135. And you can still pick up the Head 135 CT, a prior model.

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  • Gene Gobus January 29, 2013, 7:22 am

    Hi, perhaps needless to say that the Anion2 is (amongs others) is played by Jenny Duncalf. The Xenon2 is played by Laura Massaro and one of the Egyptian wizzards Karim Darwish.

    Kind Regards,

  • Gene January 29, 2013, 8:02 am

    Oh hold on, you already mentioned Laura and Karim in the separate Xenon2 topic :-)

    • Pierre January 29, 2013, 1:44 pm


  • Derek July 18, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Hi Pierre,
    I was wondering how this would fare against the Prince Airstick 130 (my current racket) I string with 305 green @24lbs. Also, how much do the grip sizes differ?


    • Pierre Bastien July 30, 2013, 9:44 am

      Hi Derek I am not sure how those compare. I will ask on one of the squash forums and see if anyone has used both.

    • Pierre Bastien July 31, 2013, 10:07 am

      Hi Derek, so far I’ve gotten this quick response:
      “I’ve used both rackets and much prefer the Head. Found the balance to suit my game and as well as providing generous power I found the Head didn’t lack in the touch department. As much as I tried with the Prince I could not get it to work for me like Ramy does for him!”

    • Derek August 4, 2013, 12:16 pm

      I went ahead and bought the Anion 135, strung it with the 305 at 24lbs, and I must say, not quite as quick on the volley, but I get so much more consistency off it. Although I can pull off more Ramy style trick shots with the Airstick, (I used to be an avid badminton player, so I use a lot of wrist in my shots), I’ll take the consistency over the flashy any day. Plus, the Anion actually has a good looking color scheme!

    • Pierre Bastien August 5, 2013, 11:36 am

      Hi Derek, thanks for reporting back!!

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