Eye squash rackets are making a splash on the pro tour, with high-profile players including Amr Shabana and Borja Golan using the rackets, as well as a number of up-and-coming pros.
Scroll down to see all the latest Eye squash rackets. The rackets fall into two groupings:
In 2017, Eye is coming out with 8 new signature cosmetics for their top players. The designs look cool:
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Thanks to Carlos and Michel for the tips on these 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:
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 squash rackets in most cases have “Control” and “Power” versions of each racket. The Power versions having a more open stringing pattern (e.g. 12 x 17 instead of 14 x 18).
Eye X.Lite 110
This Eye X.Lite 110 Control is the lightest frame in the Control range, with a slightly larger 490 sq cm head size.
For 2017, Eye came out with a Jonah Barrington signature version of this racket:
See also: Eye X.Lite 110 Power
Eye X.Lite 115
The Eye X.Lite 115 Control weighs 115 grams but has a slightly smaller head size of 460 sq cm.
See also: Eye X.Lite 115 Power
Eye X.Lite 120
The Eye X.Lite 120 Control is the one that Shabana used. 490 sq cm head size.
Here’s the 2017 cosmetic:
See also: Eye X.Lite 120 Power
Eye X.Lite 125
The Eye X.Lite 125 Control came out for 2016/2017, a new frame weight at the 125 gram level. This comes in the smaller head size of 460 sq cm.
See also: Eye X.Lite 125 Power
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 Control Coline Aumard signature. Vertical stringing pattern.
See also: Eye V.Lite 110 Power
Eye V.Lite 115
The Eye V.Lite 115 Control comes in a Paul Coll signature version. Fan-shaped stringing pattern.
Eye V.Lite 120
Emerging Egyptian star Fares Dessouky switched to the Eye V.Lite 120 Control in 2015. He now has a signature version of this racket that came out for 2017. Vertical stringing pattern.
See also: Eye V.Lite 120 Power
Eye V.Lite 125
Up-and-coming Egyptian player Mazen Hesham plays with a signature version of the Eye V.Lite 125 Control, which has a fan-shaped stringing pattern:
See also: Eye V.Lite 125 Power
Eye V.Lite 130
The Eye V.Lite 130 Control is new for 2017 and is aimed at club players.
Eye V.Lite 135
The Eye V.Lite 135 is a new racket from Eye for 2017. It’s a signature frame for Piedro Schweertman, a Dutch pro.
Eye V.Lite 145
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:
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 Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 115 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 115 Power Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 120 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 120 Power Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 125 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 125 Power Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 130 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 135 Control Squash Racket
- Eye V.Lite 145 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 110 Pro Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 115 Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 115 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 120 Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 120 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 120 Pro Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 125 Control Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 125 Power Squash Racket
- Eye X.Lite 130 Control Squash Racket
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