Head Graphene Cyano 115 Squash Racquet

Here’s the Head Graphene Cyano 115, new for this year in the Head squash rackets lineup. (Technically this is marketed as the Head Graphene Cyano2 115, but nobody seems to use the 2 — which kind of makes sense, because it’s not2 convenient.)

Its listed weight is 115 grams, which is quite light, and its balance point is 365 mm, which should feel head-heavy. This is an updated version of last year’s Head YouTek Cyano2 115.

Head Graphene Cyano 115
Image via head.com

Buy the Head Graphene Cyano 115

Here are some affiliate links to buy this racket. If you make a purchase through any of my links I will make a small commission — thanks!

amazon.com

amazon.co.uk

amazon.de

holabirdsports.com

sweatband.com

What is Graphene, you might ask? According to Wikipedia,

Graphene is a flat monolayer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb lattice, and is a basic building block for graphitic materials of all other dimensionalities. It can be wrapped up into 0D fullerenes, rolled into 1D nanotubes or stacked into 3D graphite.

NICE. But what does that do for you? According to Head,

Graphene™ technology allows for the first time an optimal redistribution of weight in HEAD racquets. Through the use of Graphene™ in the shaft, the weight in the middle part of the tennis racquet can be reduced. Instead, weight can be shifted from the racquet shaft to more functionally relevant areas in the tip and grip. This unique construction provides players with an unmatched maneuverability and an increased swingweight. In other words, a racquet with Graphene™ is easier to swing and enables even more powerful shots. And it will give opponents a really hard time.

Functionally relevant areas in the tip and grip? Sold.

This is a great picture from the British Nationals of Sarah Kippax (pink) getting caught on Jenny Duncalf’s skirt as she tries to go around her. You can see the Head 115 in action:

Duncalf Kippax British National Squash Championships 2013
Photo Credit: SquashSite

Head Graphene Cyano 115 Reviews

I had a hit with this racket a while back and really enjoyed it. I was expecting it to feel too light, but actually it was quite fun to play with. It was certainly light and maneuverable, but I also felt my shots to length felt very solid. This was an all-around great racket and I would love to play with it again.

Hey, squash player! Subscribe to my newsletter and I'll alert you when I publish new squash equipment reports.

15 comments… add one

  • Just ordered some HEAD Squash rackets (Xenon2, Anion2 and Cyano2. I have never played with HEAD equipment before, so I am looking forward to trying them out.

    On a separate note Pierre, perhaps you should do a post on racket balance points and how to interpret the number; head light, head heavy, etc.

    Reply
    • Cool, let us know how the Head rackets are! Thanks for the suggestion on the racket balance points, I agree that would be a helpful post and I will give it some thought.

      Reply
  • Pierre I think that this is the racket LJ used at the nationals then: http://www.head.com/squash/products/racquets/racquets/xenon-series/youtektm-argon2-145-ltd/6670/?region=nz. Found it on the site you posted from New Zealand! :-)

    I saw a splash of orange in the racket here: http://www.konhcvv.nl/userfiles/5_laatstenieuws/5487_sam_0833_2.jpg

    Reply
  • I would like to get some feedback on squash racket weights. I am really interested in buying the Karakal TEC Gel 120 http://www.karakal.com/TEC-gel-120.html. That is the racket that Cameron Pilley plays with as noted by Pierre here http://www.squashsource.com/karakal-tec-gel-120-squash-racket/ , however, I am told that anything less than 130 grams is not recommended for anyone but the advanced players.

    I have played with 140 and 145 gram rackets and they now feel like I am playing with a hammer.

    Any feedback?

    Reply
    • Hi Seb,
      Personally I don’t see any reason why you should be dissuaded from trying a lighter racket, especially if you already feel uncomfortable with the heavier models. I think people tend to recommend heavier rackets to beginners (not that you are one yourself) but that they get recommended because a bit of weight helps you shape your swing better. Whereas with a lighter racket, people might tend to be too wristy with their swing. I actually asked my local pro about this a while back and his answer was that he doesn’t agree with the general approach of having new players play with heavy rackets — he thought a lighter racket was a perfectly good, perhaps ever preferred, starting point.

      Curious to hear what others have to say…

      Thanks

      Reply
    • Hi Seb,
      Recently I had the pleasure to try a few shots with the Karakal TEC Gel 120. I’ve always been skeptical about these kind of light sticks, but since I was familiar with the TEC Tour 140, I took my chance for a good comparisment. ;)
      I was quite suprised – dispite the low weight – I had no problems at all hitting good, powerfull drives. Probably because of the balance-point (I believe it was 37-38 cm) that felt slightly head-heavy, helping you hitting “through” the ball. It comes (like all Karakal’s?) with the Karakal Nano 125 string, which has a soft “elastic” touch and will give you plenty of power.
      So, my TEC Gel 120 aftermath : good, stable racket with loads of control and enough power on board. I can think of no reason why you should *not* give it a try…

      Reply
    • Hi Seb, I would recommend using a racket that feels good and has an easy swing, it does not matter what people say. I believe you should feel and try to test the racket first; by hitting some length, volleys, drop shots, etc. I know that can be very difficult nowadays. Go what feels right that’s what I did. I went for Ramy Ashour, racket the prince airstick 130, that was my first racket I brought off my coach two years ago, for £20 it was a great deal, because it used to cost £120 and upwards and my coach restrung it with tecnifbre 305! That was just over 2 years ago, by the way this is coming form a junior player. I now use the racket after my first one broke some time ago, This is also coming from a good junior player.

      Reply
  • Hi all,
    Really impressed about this racket a friend of mine just bought recently. What is according to your view the appropriate string and tension for this magnific product? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Reply
  • Quick question, what are the real differences in terms of the volleying between head light and head heavy?

    I’m considering this racket and the Graphene Cayano 135.

    Also, what does stiff rackets mean? Does it mean there is manoeuvrability or feel of the racket is low?

    I recently lost my techinfibre carboflex 125, and looking to get a new racket. I also have the Prince airstick 130, but I feel like it is missing a tiny bit of power in that racket.

    Reply
    • Hi Geoff, it’s a bit down to personal preference really, but I prefer a head-light racket for volleying because I feel I can get the racket prepared more quickly, in time to get a ball that’s moving fast. Some people prefer head heavy because it helps you follow through the shot better rather than just stabbing at it.

      To me a stiff racket means there’s not much give in the shaft, which means you’ll get a SOLID feeling when you hit the ball. A looser frame with more give in it I feel accentuates control and touch. I’d say the Tec 125 is on the looser end.

      Will see if others comment and agree/disagree with me!

      Reply
      • Geoff I have played with both and agree with Pierre’s comment. The 125 Carboflex trumps the Airstick on the power side and control but if you put some Tecnifibre 305+ or 305 1.10 gauge in at around 25-26 lbs it really ups the playability of the Airstick and it balances it out more. The + gives more power than the straight 305 but either will really improve the racquet but in my experience not quite to the 125 Carboflex with 1.10 plus in it. The Ashaway Powernick 1.10 is great stuff and light but just can’t get it to settle in and stay put after every rally I have to straighten it get it back in place. The new Prince Beast 750 looks promising Ramy’s new racquet of choice lighter and more balanced than the Airstick 130. I am trying to get more consistency in my game so falling back to a slightly head heavy racquet with the Harrow Vapor.

        Reply

Don’t Be Shy » Leave a Comment!