Eye squash rackets have become a fixture on the pro tour over the last 10-plus years, with high-profile players including Paul Coll, Fares Dessouky, Amr Shabana and Borja Golan having used the rackets, as well as a number of other top pros and up-and-coming players.
Here are the best Eye models that I’ve tried so far:
Eye X.Lite 130
Traditional head shape
In 2022 I did a quick playtest of some of the latest Eye Rackets.
Scroll down to see a more complete listing of all the latest Eye squash rackets. The rackets fall into two groupings:
Back in 2017, Eye came out with 8 new signature cosmetics for their top players. Here are those previous designs:
Photo via Eye Rackets on Facebook →
I play-tested several of the 2017 rackets. You can watch the recap in the video below:
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:
In 2019, Eye updated their logo and their entire range of products. Read my thoughts on the rebranding here.
Eye X.Lite Rackets
These Eye X.Lite rackets have a traditional head shape. Some of the rackets have a 490 sq cm head size, while others have a slightly smaller 460 sq cm head size.
Eye X.Lite 110
This Eye X.Lite 110 is the lightest frame in the Control range.
For 2017, Eye came out with an updated Jonah Barrington signature model:
Eye X.Lite 115
The Eye X.Lite 115 is advertised at 115 grams but has a slightly smaller head size of 460 sq cm.
Eye X.Lite 120
The Eye X.Lite 120 is the one that Shabana used back in the day. 490 sq cm head size.
Here’s the 2019 cosmetic:
Eye X.Lite 125
The Eye X.Lite 125 is advertised at the 125 gram level. This comes in the smaller head size of 460 sq cm.
Eye X.Lite 130
The Eye X.Lite 130 Control is the same shape as the Shabana racket (490 sq cm head size) but 10 grams heavier. This is Borja Golan’s signature racket.
Eye V.Lite Rackets
The V.Lite rackets all have a teardrop head shape. Some of them have a vertical stringing pattern, which I think offers a bit more control, while others have a fan-shaped stringing pattern for more power.
Eye V.Lite 110
The Eye V.Lite 110. Vertical stringing pattern.
Eye V.Lite 115
The Eye V.Lite 115 comes in a Paul Coll signature version. Fan-shaped stringing pattern.
Eye V.Lite 120
The Eye V.Lite 120 has a teardrop shape with a vertical stringing pattern.
Eye V.Lite 125
The Eye V.Lite 125 has a fan-shaped stringing pattern:
Eye V.Lite 130
The Eye V.Lite 130:
Eye V.Lite 135
The Eye V.Lite 135:
Eye V.Lite 145
And the Eye V.Lite 145 Club Series is the bonus guy, with 30 grams extra stashed in the head. May be 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:
Eye Squash Rackets List
A plain list of all the Eye squash rackets posted on Squash Source so far.
- Eye V.Lite 110
- Eye V.Lite 110 Power
- Eye V.Lite 115
- Eye V.Lite 115 Power
- Eye V.Lite 120
- Eye V.Lite 120 Power
- Eye V.Lite 125
- Eye V.Lite 125 Power
- Eye V.Lite 130
- Eye V.Lite 135
- Eye V.Lite 145
- Eye X.Lite 110
- Eye X.Lite 110 Power
- Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Control
- Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Power
- Eye X.Lite 115
- Eye X.Lite 115 Power
- Eye X.Lite 120
- Eye X.Lite 120 Power
- Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Control
- Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Power
- Eye X.Lite 125
- Eye X.Lite 125 Power
- Eye X.Lite 130
- How to Restring an Eye Racket
Thanks to Lloyd, Carlos and Michel for the tips on these rackets!