Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 Squash Racket

It’s the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125:

Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 Squash Racket

Specs
Weight: Light (125 grams)
Balance: Neutral

Buy the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125

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Mohamed El Shorbagy uses Tecnifibre squash rackets and at the moment (in 2014) he is playing with this Carboflex 125 “Basaltex” model.

Here is El Shorbagy using the racket in the 2012 El Gouna Open:


(Photo via El Gouna site)

Here’s also a video of El Shorbagy testing out the racket when it first came out:

Nour El Sherbini also uses this. Here she is with the Carboflex 125 at the 2014 US Open:

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Photo by Steve Cubbins

Miguel Angel Rodriguez at the 2014 British Open:

Miguel Angel Rodriguez 2014 British Open
Photo by SquashPics.com

Nicolette Fernandes at the 2014 US Open:

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Photo by Steve Cubbins

Max Lee at the 2014 US Open:

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Photo by Steve Cubbins

Comments

  1. shane says

    Hi anyone been using this racket? i went to a shop and try to have a swing the feel is not as comfortable as Prince airstick 130 by Ramy. Still considering airstick 130 ,graphene 115 or carboflex 125.

    • Pierre Bastien says

      I’ve never had a chance to try out the 125. I am currently playing with the 130 and love it. It’s a touch racket but has a solid feel all around. I’ve also had a hit with the Graphene 130 and loved it too. I’ve never felt comfortable with those Airstick-style Prince rackets where the string wraps around.

    • Ahsan says

      Its a great racket as recently played a tournament with it.Light with right balance.Punch along with control is great.I have used zero Gel, Hammer series etc but I think it is a great addition .Not sure on the durability though as Dunlop Zero Gel took a lot of torture especially in rallies you are trying to retrieve every single ball.

  2. shane says

    Thanks Pierre! I got shoulder injuries that why looking for lighter racket. And hope that racket will absorb more vibration before it injured my shoulder again . Playing like old man at the age of 29 . Thanks for your advise!

  3. says

    Hi i am currently using the Airstick 130, used the carboflex 125 and the graphene 115. I think the primary difference in selection for these rackets is your playing style! 115 is great but numb at the front of court, carboflex needs an awful lot of accuracy to use and frankly i found out how poor i am at hitting a shot from the same spot on my racket … the airstick 130 is forgiving and yet has let me improve my game over just 4 months !!! but hands down i am aiming to use the carboflex once again once i feel i have more accuracy in my shot, the racket feels like a sword ready to slice and dice on the court.

  4. Ben says

    Hi Pierre, Paul from PDHsports done a review on the three carboflex rackets and he found the 125 to be most powerful but if you look closely it is also the least accurate, but he found the 130 and 140, to have the same power, he also says they have lots of control, whilst being a power racket. Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynHDG0yuCdA
    Also Paul has done a power test on the ‘power’ range of rackets. Here is the link.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M19Atlnbptw
    Ben

  5. Sophie says

    Hello on the market for a new squash racket. I am currently using a HEAD stream microgel 150 gm and 335 balance. I am debating between the tecnifibre carboflex 125 or the Head graphene 135. The racket I have is great for power but a little heavy for me. I want something powerful but with good control too.

    • Pierre Bastien says

      Hi Sophie, I’m not sure which would be best! I am going to start a new feature on my blog called “ask the readers” and I will pose your question to everybody and see what they think. Best

    • Pierre Bastien says

      Hi Sophie, sorry I wasn’t able to give you any advice on this yet. Did you already buy a new racket, or are you still considering what to purchase?

      • Sophie says

        No worries, No I am still debating between the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 and the HEAD Graphene Cyano 135. Thanks for your input.

  6. Benoit says

    I am back from a tennis elbow and I needed a lighter racket. I used to play with the Blacknight C2C black. I decided to try the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 and I am very glad I did. This racket is amazing, very light without losing any power and so easy to volley with it.
    The only thing I had to do, is to change the string on it. (supernick 18 at 25 lbs)
    and it made a huge difference.

    By far the best racket I have used so far.
    Benoit

  7. Sudhir says

    This is the best racquet i have till date. Got great pop and its flex accentuates your swing speed, it can grant the ball some serious velocity, no learning curve, unlike some reviews i found it to be bang bang from the word go. Least vibrations of all the 125 grams and below raquets. Never felt any as light as stable, vibration free and at the same time great feel and explosive power from front and rear court. Spot on on volleys, huge improvement on Prince Airstick 130 i have. Airstick feels puny on power as compared to this beast.

  8. Dean says

    Juniors as well – my son (11) playing at club and regional level had been using the Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 Basaltex for the last 9 months.

    Three weeks ago he switched to the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125. during that time his volleying ability has improved at a real pace and his general power and touch has shown improvement as well. I realise its not only the racket but its definitely benefitting him, the best racket he’s used so far.

  9. Brian says

    I have played a few games with this racquet so far and I am thoroughly impressed. The best phrase to describe this racquet is; As light as a feather but can sting like a bee. This is not only because of its yellow and black colour scheme but because of the lightness of the frame combined with those fabulous tecnifibre 305+ strings.

    The frame is stiff with a nice thin shaft that feels very comfortable in the hand. What I would say is that I echo what others have said about the sweet spot. When you hit that sweet spot you know about it, the same is said about if you don’t. Although there is little vibration when you are off the sweet spot the ball will definitely not go where you wanted it to go. Hit that sweet spot on the volleys and the drives and you will feel the power of this racquet. I found that I was hitting the nick more consistently as soon I had figured out where that sweet spot was. For the up court shots you can just let the ball come off those strings as long as you have it aligned on the sweet spot, if you want to be sure then a soft tap will help the ball on its way. Saying this I have discovered that using your wrist more in taking shots really helps produce a lot of power whilst using this racquet. If I did this with my previous racquet it would not have the same effect as it is slightly head heavier and harder to power through only using minimal arm movement. Perhaps this is just me but it definitely has made a difference.

    The ball pings of those Tecnifibre 305+ strings like nothing else. The ball doesn’t come off like the racquet is a trampoline but rather a tight piece of tarpaulin stretched out. The strings are tight and the ball just comes off them with the minimum of flex. This is why it is a racquet suited so well to the fast paced game style, once that ball has come off the racquet you are almost instantly ready to get back into position to take the next shot.

    If there was one down side it would be the grip. It came with the Absolute Squash Grip and was very sticky for the first few minutes of play but when I got into playing and my hands became a little sweaty the grip lost this stickiness and actually became very shiny. As we all know shiny things are never that easy to hold so this disappointed me slightly. I will try the Tecnifibre Dry Grip and I hope this is a better product. If not I will revert back to the trusty Karakal.

    I am very impressed with the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 and I would suggest that anyone tries it out if they are wanting play a more aggressive game. The racquet that can hit the ball to the back of the court from the T whilst being able to play the sharpest of balls up the court. Over all a great all-rounder but I would change that grip!

  10. Dianne says

    Just bought one of these and had my first hit with it tonight. To be honest I’m slightly perplexed by it – I had a knock with someone elses first about a week ago and was amazed by how the ball just popped off it, it generated fantastic power. The one I bought feels totally different though – very stiff and wooden almost with a lot of vibration through it, but (in complete contrast to an earlier commenter) an absolute demon on the drop shots. I’m not entirely unhappy with it – I’ll get used to it I’m sure – but it’s so not what I expected from that previous hit and from what I’ve read on places like here that, if I could, I would probably send it back for a replacement to see if it’s different (I don’t think “it doesn’t feel right” is a valid excuse to send it back though)! Maybe the one I played with last week had been restrung or something and I didn’t notice but definitely not getting the ease of power out of it that I was hoping for. On another note, definitely going to throw a new grip on it, would like something a bit softer in the hand. Thanks for the reviews!

    • Jason says

      The tension on the racket you tried was for sure lower than the brand new one you bought. That would be where you felt the difference.

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