How to choose a Racketball Racket and Eyewear
How to choose a Racketball Racket
There are a few key attributes of a racquet that you should be aware of during the evaluation phase.
Fist is control, a byproduct of a racquet determining how low the ball remains on the strings. The quality and gauge of strings also affects the amount of "control" exhibited by a racquet. A racquet flexes during impact with the ball and because control is enhanced at the sacrifice of some power, you can place shots more effectively.
Choosing the right racquet can make a tremendous difference to your racquetball game. There are many racquets from which to choose, all with significant differences. How do you sort through all the features and benefits to find the racquet that's just perfect for you?
Follow these simple steps:
1. Seek professional advice.
2. Identify your playing style.
3. Experiment with demo racquets.
4. Select the correct head size.
5. Select the correct head shape.
6. Select your grip size.
How to find Racquetball Eyewear
Consider the number one concern for racquetball eyewear: SWEAT.
Avoid using eyewear for racquetball that will fog up during play. There are racquetball goggles that are made to go around glasses. These can develop a haze of sweat inside over time. Your sweat needs a place to evaporate, so find racquetball goggles that provide ventilation.
Go with prescription sport eyewear instead of covering your glasses.
Covering your eyes with over-the-glasses racquetball eyewear to play racquetball can be frustrating. If your glasses fog up or move during a match, adjusting them is not easy. Getting the proper prescription racquetball eyewear will save you headaches on the court.
Make sure the racquetball eyewear will stay put.
A durable strap and nose pads to prevent slipping can help considerably. Nothing is worse than playing racquetball while your eyewear bounces around and slips off of your nose.
Use helpful online resources to compare racquetball goggles and glasses.
I have provided a link below under resources to help you find racquetball eyewear. It's always easier to find eyewear when you can read customer reviews and compare prices.
How to Buy a Racquetball Raquet
Consult your local racquetball dealer. They will be able to advise you on the best racquet for your physical build and ability level. Search online for a store in your area, for example using the search phrase "racquetball store+your suburb". Or ask fellow players if they can recommend a store with a good range of merchandise and knowledgeable staff.
Check the weight, head size, and grip of the racquets. As a general rule, heavier racquets with larger heads are ideal for beginners. In terms of grip size, look for as small a grip as possible; you can always increase the grip size later by adding grip tape.
Try out as many racquets as you need to find the right one. Each racquet is different, and each person is different, so it may take a few attempts before you find a racquet that feels comfortable. Rent a few racquets so that you can go and test them out on the courts. Many larger racquetball stores have racquets available to rent, or you can try RacquetWorld's Demo Program. The program includes rental of two racquets for one week, including delivery, for just $25.
Shop around to find the best price once you have decided on your racquet of choice. Try online stores; often they have the best prices as they can eliminate the overheads associated with a physical store.
Editor: Yvonne Liu