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Racquetball is a fast paced action sport played with standardized equipment with specific court dimensions worldwide. The sport became extremely popular during the late 1970's and early 1980's because it was fun, easy to learn how to play and it is one of the best workouts you can get in a short period of time.
Racquetball can be played either on an indoor or outdoor court with anywhere from 2 to 4 players at a time. Indoor racquetball is played on a 20’ x 20’ x 40’ court that has four walls, a ceiling and a floor, all of which are used during play. The floor is divided into three distinct areas called the “Forecourt”, the “Service Zone” and the “Backcourt”. Lines defining these areas have been given names called the “Service Line”, the “Short Line” and the “Back Wall”. Outdoor Racquetball is played using the same floor dimensions as an indoor court. However, there is no ceiling or back wall and the court may or may not include sidewalls. The sidewalls can also vary in length. Most outdoor play is referred to as “One Wall” or “3 Wall Racquetball”. The outdoor game is popular in warmer weather climates.
Choosing Your Racquet
The racquetball racquet is absolutely the most important piece of equipment because it’s the primary link between you and the ball. Choosing the right one for you can be very helpful in improving your game. There are a few racquet attributes that you should consider during the selection process. First is control, a byproduct of a racquet determining how long 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.
A racquet will generate more power if it effectively transfers the force of your stroke into the ball and makes it move faster. Typically, power is related to a racquet’s stiffness. The stiffer the racquet, the better it transfers your swinging force to the ball. Another factor which will affect the amount of power which can be generated is string gauge and how tightly your racquet is strung. A racquet strung at a lower tension will generate greater ball distances, while sacrificing some control. Generally speaking, it amounts to player preference and style as to what gauge of string to choose and what tension you string at. Always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and stay within those guidelines.
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racquetball gloves, wrist tethers, bags, racquetballs, replacement grommets,
stringing machines, stringing tools plus many other accessories for all your racquetball equipment needs.
Our services include professional racquet stringing by USRSA Certified Master Racquet Technicians, racquet re-gripping, grip build-ups and reductions, racquet customization, balancing and matching of racquets, Grommet replacements, racquet “fitting” according to your swing speed, playing style, level of play and grip size.
Courtside Sports carries E-Force racquetball racquets, Technifibre 505 HPR and E-Force Racquetball strings, Ektelon Vision rubber grips, Ektelon, E-Force and Black Knight gloves, Penn Racquetballs and a great selection of racquetball shoes from Adidas, Prince, Wilson, New Balance, Nike, Asics, Mizuno, Ashaway and Yonex.