Advancement and Innovation in Racquetball Racquets
Racquetball racquets have come a long way since their invention as Paddle racquets in 1949. Racquetball players today can choose from different head sizes and shapes, grip size, racquet weight, and frame stiffness to customize their style of play to get the most out of their performance.
How to Select the Best Racquetball Racquets
Here are some tips on selecting the best racquetball racquet for your style of play and performance level.
Head Size and Head Shape
A racquetball racquet's head size is important to the strength of a player's game; meaning, the larger the head size of the racquet, the greater the sweet spot, but lesser the power of a shot.
The head shape also determines how a game is played.
• Teardrop. This shape will generate less power in a shot, but the larger, round head is more forgiving on off-center hits.
• Quadriform. This shape produces more power due to a longer string bed.
A racquetball racquet grip needs to be smaller than a tennis racquet grip size because the racquetball swing is more concentrated on the wrist. The larger the racquetball grip, the more restricted your wrist snap.
To determine the best grip size, grab a racquet handle with a forehand grip, and wrap your fingers around the handle so your middle finger touches (almost) the palm of your hand. The smaller the grip, the more control you have over the racquet, and the more wrist snap you can generate for a powerful stroke.
Good racquetball racquets weigh between 170-195 grams—these weights usually represent the racquet without strings and grip, which together add about 15 grams to the weight. Most professional players use a racquet in the 170-175g total range, as this weight is easy to maneuver, but still generates sufficient power.
The power of a racquetball racquet is directly related to the stiffness of its frame—the stiffer the frame, the more power is given to a player's swing. When a ball impacts a racquet, the force of this impact can either be transferred to the ball, or be absorbed into the frame. The stiffer the frame, the less its strings bend, and the more energy is transferred to the ball.
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