Eye squash rackets are making a splash on the pro tour, with high-profile players including Amr Shabana and Borja Golan using the rackets.
According to this interview with Eye Rackets UK CEO Sam Miller:
All of our products are developed and tested by pros. This is important as it means all our pros use the exact racket that the customer buys. Shabana’s rackets are from the same batch as those sent to our distributors to sell on to every day players.
The rackets also have a unique bumper strip. Or rather, what’s unique is they don’t have bumper strips — they just have “eyelets”. These are little plastic pieces that fit into the individual grommet holes, as opposed to a single (heavier) strip of plastic covering the whole head. You can see a comparison of an Eye racket (foreground) versus a conventional bumper strip in the picture below:
Read below to see all the 2015 / 2016 Eye squash rackets. The rackets fall into two groupings:
Eye X.Lite Rackets
These Eye X.Lite rackets have a traditional closed-throat design with a slightly above-average head size (490 sq. cm.).
This is the one that Shabana and Golan use.
Here’s a new 2016 cosmetic:
This is the original cosmetic:
This is the same as the 120 control, but has a more open stringing pattern (12 x 17 instead of 14 x 18):
This is based off the 120 Control but has 10 grams of weight taken out of the head, making it more head-light.
In 2016, Eye came out with a Jonah Barrington signature version of this racket:
Here’s the original:
The Eye X.Lite 110 Power has the lighter weight AND the more open stringing pattern:
Eye X.Lite (smaller head size)
Here are some Eye X.Lite rackets that still have a conventional head shape, but a smaller head size of 460 sq cm.
Spotted this one in late 2016. At 115 grams, it splits the difference in weight between the 120s and the 110s.
Another one from the 2016 batch. This seems to be a new frame at the 125 gram level.
Here are some more from a few years ago. Back then, Eye used to call the smaller-head-size rackets “Pro Control” and “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:
Emerging Egyptian star Fares Dessouky just switched to this racket in 2015.
Fares now has a signature version of this racket that came out in 2016:
Here’s the original model:
2016 Coline Aumard signature:
And then 5, count ’em 5, rackets with a fan-shaped stringing pattern.
Up-and-coming Egyptian player Mazen Hesham plays with this racket.
He’s got a signature version of this racket, which came out in 2016:
And here’s the original cosmetic:
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:
Here’s the new cosmetic for 2016:
And this is the original version:
Eye Squash Rackets List
A plain list of all the Eye squash rackets posted on Squash Source so far.
- Eye V.Lite 110 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 110 Power
- Eye V.Lite 115 Control
- Eye V.Lite 115 Power
- Eye V.Lite 120 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 120 Power
- Eye V.Lite 125 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 125 Power Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 145 Power
- Eye X Lite 120 Pro Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Control
- Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 115 Control
- Eye X.Lite 120 Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 120 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Power
- Eye X.Lite 125 Control