This is the Tecnifibre Dynergy Tour 125 Kickstep Squash Racket. A long name for sure, but at least you get free Kickstep with every racket. Actually I’m not sure what the “Kickstep” is for. Some stores mention the Kickstep, though the Tecnifibre Website does not. They also don’t mention that this racket is used by one of the guys in the White Pigeon squash song. HOWEVER the Tecnifibre Website does mention that Wael El Hindi plays with this racket, so I will have to keep an eye out for that.
In honor of Thierry Lincou‘s retirement from the PSA, I thought I’d post about his squash racket, the Tecnifibre 140.
At 140 grams this guy is a tiny bit heavier than what other pros generally seem to use. But if you’ve got guns like Lincou, you’ll have no problem slicing through the air with authority.
Like the Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 and the Wilson Tour BLX, this is made of basalt, which is just cooled off lava. Hot. This will come in handy if you are playing squash in the foothills of Pompeii, or just around the corner from Mount St. Helens.
The Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 squash racket is used by Nour El Sherbini of Egypt on the WSA World Tour and Miguel Angel Rodriguez on the PSA World Tour. It was also used by Mohamed El Shorbagy on the PSA World Tour, though he’s since switched to the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125.
The Carboflex 130 is made of Graphite (boring) and Basaltex™ (exciting) technology. What’s Basaltex™, you ask? Well, according to the Basaltex website, this seems to mean products made of basalt. In case you didn’t know, that’s cooled-off lava.
That’s right: if you play with this racket, you can say your racket is made from lava. Why is that good? Well for starters, you can say your racket is made from lava. But in addition, if you are ever playing squash and the court becomes covered with red-hot molten lava, your racket will be more likely to survive than your opponent’s racket.
If you are really keen on lava-based rackets, you may also want to check out the Wilson Tour BLX.
Here is Mohamed El Shorbagy using his Carboflex 130 in an insanely long rally against England’s Peter Barker, who happens to use the Wilson Tour BLX. In case you aren’t paying attention, this means both players are using rackets made of lava! Unfortunately the court did not flood with lava during this point, so we are not able to witness the high melting point of these rackets, but we are nevertheless treated to an exceptional squash point:
And here is Nour El Sherbini, on fire, with the 2011 version of this racquet: