The Right Equipment for Racquetball

So you want to play racquetball? Like any other sport, equipment can become a big factor when it comes to performance. So let’s take a look at the equipment you will need.

Basically, racquetball is a sport that requires very little equipment. All you need are a racquet, a ball, a glove, eye guards and good shoes. But the question always comes up-what quality of equipment do I need? Well, if you are a beginning player and are not sure whether or not you will continue, purchase the least expensive equipment available. On the other hand, if you are committed to the game and want to allow for the best performance possible, consider investing in good equipment.

First, let’s start with the most important piece of equipment-the racquet. After you have played for a while, you will want to consider improving your control and speed. This is where the quality of your racquet becomes very important. Its weight, shape, pattern of strings, tautness, frame concavity all play a significant role. Modern technology has greatly improved each of these aspects. In looking for a good quality racquet, consider each of these factors. Weight affects the acceleration of the ball. Tautness and pattern affect the direction. These also have an effect on the durability of the racquet. Obviously, the more precise the technology, the greater the price for the racquet. Evidently, by this time, you are a serious player. We would recommend performing additional research, reviewing each of the above-mentioned factors, in order to make an informed decision. Several vendors have ratings reviews that will be of assistance. Get the best quality that you can afford.

Next, take into consideration the ball itself. Speed, bounce, and visibility are the factors involved here. The average ball weighs a little over 1.5 ounces (45 grams). Color, usually purple, green, red, black, or blue, generally identifies the makeup of the ball as to its speed, weight, visibility, its intended use, etc. There does not appear to be a great variation in the price of a quality ball. If you have decided make a substantial investment in the racquet, don’t skimp on the ball. For normal speed and bounce, blue is generally the standard color. Red balls usually are the fastest, as well as heavier. Most racquetball tournaments employ purple or green balls. Just become familiar with the variation available, and make your choice based on your performance objectives.

To maintain a firm grip on the racquet handle, keep your hands dry, and provide adequate padding, you will want to select the appropriate glove. As with other equipment, there is great variation as to quality and material. Select one that will give you the most comfortable grip and will absorb sweat. Do not minimize the importance of this small but important part of your racquetball gear.

Be safety conscious. This requires wearing eyewear. Most effective in this area is an eye guard that has a solid plastic shield across both eyes. The risk of injury from a ball traveling up to 200 miles per hour is too great to neglect this important piece of equipment.

How important is footwear on the court? Select shoes that will provide the greatest stability, support, and ventilation. A glove-like fit, midsole cushioning, and rubber outsoles are important aspects that will contribute to overall comfort, support, and traction. Choose the best quality footwear you can afford.

This brief overview will give you some idea as to what to look for to make your racquetball game most enjoyable, as well as ensure your comfort and safety. Perhaps to a greater extent than many other sports, equipment plays a major factor in performance. Whether it’s the racquet, ball, glove, eyewear, or shoes, make a quality selection. The right equipment does matter.

Anna C. Knight

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