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Playing Racquetball With The Proper Equipment

To fully enjoy playing racquetball, you need to invest in the right equipment. Some of the equipment will allow you to become a more effective player through better control and greater power. Other equipment is for your comfort and protection. Below, we'll take a brief look at the types of equipment you'll need to get started in the game.

Your Racquet

Your racquet can be constructed of any material but must be under 22 inches in length (this includes the bumper guards and racquet handle). Most grip sizes range from 3 5/8 to 3 15/16. Smaller grips allow more snap of the wrist, providing more power when the racquet strikes the ball. Players with a weak wrist snap should consider a racquet with a smaller grip and a heavier head. Skilled players who want more control should consider a more balanced racquet.

Your Racquet's Strings

A racquet's string gauge implies different levels of player control and power. String gauges range from 15 (thicker strings) to 18 (thinner). New players should start with a thicker gauge because they break less often and provide more feel on impact. As players gain more experience and control, they should consider using a thinner gauge. Thin gauge strings will break more often but provide more control of serves and returns as well as more power. You should try to avoid the highest-gauge strings (18) as they suffer frequent breakage.

Your Goggles

In tournament racquetball, the ball can reach speeds of 200 mph. Goggles are mandatory in tournament play and should always be worn on the court. Because the size and shape of faces vary so widely, gear companies such as Ektelon, Wilson and E-Force provide goggles that offer everyone a comfortable fit. Many experienced players prefer vented goggles as the vents prevent fogging. Other goggles come with dual lenses, adjustable arms and other features.

Your Gloves

Because your hands can take a beating from extended play on the court, you need to invest in a good glove. Some offer an open-mesh back for breathing. Others focus on moisture control in order to maintain maximum control of your racquet. Still others are padded for additional comfort. The keys to a good racquetball glove are the fit and how much breathability it offers.

Your Shoes

When buying racquetball shoes, your priorities should be how well they fit, the comfort they provide and the amount of traction they offer on the court. The wrong shoes may cause a bit of slippage on the court floor. Too heavy a shoe can impair your ability to move quickly. Your shoes should fit snug, be reasonably-lightweight and provide as much traction as possible.

Getting Ready To Play

Once you have the right racquetball equipment, you're ready to begin playing and focus on improving your game. The equipment you choose can have a dramatic impact on your game. The weight of your racquet, size of the grip and the racquet's strings can all help or hinder your power and control. While your goggles will protect your eyes from harm, your glove should prevent moisture while providing breathability. Finally, your shoes should provide comfort while allowing you to move quickly across the court. Your investment in this equipment can pay dividends each time you play.