Racquetball is played indoors and outdoors. Racquetball is an easy game to learn and have fun playing almost immediately. The rules are simple and straightforward.
Racquetball equipment is lightweight and relatively inexpensive. The basic racquetball equipment is a racquet, court shoes, eyewear and a ball. These 4 items are essential. The optionally racquetball equipment is a glove and sweatband for your wrist and/or head. Once your equipment is taken care of you can start having fun playing racquetball right away.
The higher price racquetball equipment will not necessarily mean more enjoyment of the game. Although the medium range and upper range equipment is designed primarily to provide better power and accuracy. A player that plays every once in a while (4-6 times a yr) should be happy with a low-end racquet and cross-training shoes. A recreational player that plays 2-3 times a week will probably be interested in a medium to upper range racquet, court specify shoes and a glove.
Low-end equipment will allow you to play the game but may hurt your progress. The average starting cost for the recreational player is around $200.00 to obtain all equipment.
When you choose a racquet consider weight, balance, grip and size. The racquet’s weight will affect how easily and quickly you are able to swing the racquet. Racquets fall into 2 categories: even-balance and head-heavy. Head-heavy racquets help generate more racquet head speed that means you generate more power. Nearly all high-priced racquets are head-heavy lower priced racquets are even-balanced. Racquet handle grips come in 2 sizes: 3 5/8 and 3 7/8 inches or ss and xs. Rule of thumb if you wear an extra-small to large glove then you will require a 3 5/8 inch grip. If you wear a large to extra-large glove then you will require a 3 7/8 inch grip.
Racquetball frame composition fall into 2 basic categories: metal and composite. Most metal racquets are low-end racquets. Most metal racquets are heavier but are more durable. Most upper-end racquets are composite which are made from many different materials. Graphite and titanium are 2 of the most popular materials.
It’s important that your shoes have great traction for those quick changes of direction. Getting the right shoes to play racquetball is crucial to preventing injuries and performing your best. The wooden floors on racquetball can be slippery and athletic shoes
that aren’t specifically designed for indoor courts just won’t grip the court. Indoor shoes are specially designed with a gum rubber outsole that provides top notch traction on the slippery court surfaces. A large part of the movement in racquetball is side to side so racquetball shoes are designed to provide superb lateral stability and added cushioning in the forefoot.
Protective eyewear is mandatory. The racquetball is flying around the court with speeds in excess of 100 mph. It also fits rather perfectly in your eye socket. You should never ever consider going on the court without eye protection that is non-breakable composite plastic.
There are a few different racquetballs. The difference between the balls is speed and color.
Blue Balls are the most popular indoor racquetball. The ball has good speed. It is the official ball of the Legends Tour and USRA(United States Racquetball Association)
Green Balls are faster than Blue Balls.
Purple Balls are the fastest indoor racquetball.
It’s the official ball of IRT(International Racquetball Tour) and the most common balls used at professional tournaments.
Red Balls are the fastest racquetball. Red Balls are used primarily for outdoor play.
Gloves come in all sizes and materials. Gloves make your grip on your racquet more secure. They also help prevent blisters and calluses on your hands. You should also try to get a glove that is very good at absorbing sweat and controlling racquet slippage.
This is the list of racquetball equipment needed for you to start playing racquetball. All you need to do now is learn some basic strokes so that you can have some fun playing racquetball.