The new Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 is similar to the older Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 that Mohamed Elshorbagy used in 2013 in Qatar Classic competitions. This racquet’s frame weighs 125 grams, has a balance point of 350 mm with a slightly heavy 500cm2 (77sq.in.) teardrop head. It is strung with a Tecnifibre’s 305+ 1.20mm premium string.
We took our time to write a detailed Technifibre Carboflex 125 review that will help you decide whether this racquet is for you.
Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 Benefits
Most of the specifications in this review apply to both the original version of the racquet and the new one (x-speed range). The differences, apart from color, between these racquets are so small that only advanced level Squash players may notice. You can expect the following from the racquet:
It is easy to maneuver for switching sides, getting up to volley, overhead shots and any other shot that requires quick racquet speed. Any player at any level will appreciate this quality.
I actually never expected that such a light racquet could still be remarkably powerful. You will be able to generate decent pace with this racquet, which is partly because it is strung to a lower tension. To generate excellent power with this racquet, just hold it well and snap through the ball. I definitely did not have a hard time getting the ball to the back of the court with the racquet.
It has great accuracy when cutting the ball short from midcourt. The racquet has a dense string pattern that helps with adding cut to the ball. This is one of the reasons why I have this racquet in my bag.
It has a squash dry grip that is tacky and also has a cool design with Technifibre branding. The grip has a great feel and can last for many plays.
This racquet is very forgiving thanks to its large sweet spot. All you need to do is connect well with the ball to experience just how explosive it can get.
The racquet is constructed with graphite and has a multi-directional weave that helps reduce shock and enhance feel.
What the Pro’s Say
Mohammed El Shorbagy says that he loves the new Carboflex 125 because the color is completely different from the previous racquet. He says the head is a bit lighter as well, which gives him more speed when it comes to the point in a game when he wants to volley more. This is also an advantage when he plays at a faster pace.
El Shorbagy appreciates that the racquet also has the power that you need when you want to get the ball to the back of the court. He cut the guard of the bumper strip to make the racquet even lighter to make it more maneuverable. This he says makes it quicker on the volleys and helps take the ball earlier.
Taking the ball earlier increases the pace and forces your opponent to move faster, from corner to corner. This disrupts your opponent’s momentum and ruins the opponent’s rhythm causing them to make mistakes. That means more opportunities for you to attack the ball and increase your points tally.
El Shorbagy says that the grip makes the racquet cooler than most other racquets in the market. He started playing with this new racquet in January 2018 and he has not had any issues with it.
El Shorbagy’s brother and Miguel Rodriguez are among other known Squash players that have had a chance to use the new Tecnifibre Carboflex 125.
Pros and Cons of the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125
There is no question that this is a top of the range racquet. The original Carboflex 125 was discontinued meaning that you will mostly get the previous version and the new Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 (X-Speed range) in the store.
You can watch a video about the new racquet: