How to Choose a Racquetball Racquet

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Racquetball is a popular sport played in gyms and racquetball clubs around the world. The game was invented in 1950 and like other racquet sports is played with a specialized racquet. No matter your skill level, having the right racquet can improve your game. While beginning players don't need a fancy racquet to learn the sport, as you improve your skills you will want to consider more options to make sure you choose a racquet that will help you play your best.

  • Determine the proper racquet weight. If you are bigger and stronger than average, a heavier racquet will work well. For smaller players, a heavier racquet can be difficult to swing with any speed. Racquets are available in weights ranging from 150 grams to 200 grams. Visit a racquetball store and lift racquets of different weights to decide what feels most comfortable.

  • Decide what type of strings you should have on your racquet. A racquet's power comes from the size and tension of the strings. According to Racquetball Depot, "the quality and gauge of strings also affects the amount of control exhibited by a racquet." Choose a racquet that balances power and control to match your style of play.

  • Choose a grip option. Smaller grips will give a wider range of motion, while larger grips allow you to transfer more energy into hitting the ball. Select a larger grip if you are a power player. The grip you select should be made of a non-slip material to make sure that you can hold onto the racquet if your hands become sweaty during a game.

  • Select a size and shape for your racquet head. Square racquet heads allow you to hit a ball that is closer to the wall, while teardrop-shaped racquets generally have a larger sweet spot to allow for more control. According to Picky Guide, choose a teardrop racquetball racquet if you are a beginner or a square racquet if you are an advanced player. Oversized racquet heads will increase the size of the sweet spot and can be helpful for beginning players.

  • Join a demo program. Demo programs allow you to test different racquets for a small fee. Once you have narrowed your options, a demo program can help you make the final decision. Only by actually using a racquet will you be able to tell whether it will be comfortable and a good fit for your style.

Tips & Warnings

  • Inexpensive racquets generally are made of wood or aluminum, while more expensive racquets usually are made from graphite or fiberglass.

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