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Asics Gel-Blade 7 Ladies Indoor Court Shoes View

Asics Gel-Blade 7 Ladies Indoor Court Shoes

Offering a comfortable fit when performing on the indoor surfaces, the Asics Gel-Blade 7 ladies' indoor ourt shoes are designed with the California Slip Lasting upper which is directly attached to the midsole for better stability and offers enhanced breathability. They weigh 238 grams (8.4oz), and provide a wonderfully cushioned underfoot section with SpEVA midsole and rearfoot GEL® system, both which increase shock attenuation and deliver a stunningly smooth feel whist performing on the courts. Furthermore, the pair is equipped with Ortholite™ sockliner which provides a splendid freshness through proper moisture management, and increased durability comes from the NC Rubber® outsole with special AHAR+® (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) material.

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Asics Gel-Fastball 3 Ladies Indoor Court Shoes View

Asics Gel-Fastball 3 Ladies Indoor Court Shoes

Offering support and stability where you need it, the Asics Gel-Fastball 3 ladies indoor court shoes are perfect for players wanting to improve performance on the court. The shoes ensure a lightweight feel and help you stay fresh for longer thanks to a breathable and very airy open mesh upper. For a comfortable, adaptive fit, they feature a seamless construction and Personalised Heel Fit (PHF) technology, whilst SpEVA™ midsole cushions every step and reduces shoe weight. To absorb impact shock, there is Rearfoot GEL® cushioning system, and DuoMax® dual-density midsole support system delivers extra stability and improves forward propulsion. The outsole is produced from non-marking NC Rubber® with Octipod design to enhance grip and traction.

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Dunlop Blackstorm Titanium Racketball Racket View

Dunlop Blackstorm Titanium Racketball Racket

The Dunlop Blackstorm Titanium racketball racket is constructed out of a Carbon / Titanium mix so it maintains a light weight specification whilst providing maximum durability. It also features one piece technology for superb playability.

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Karakal Pro Tour Comp 9 Racket Bag View

Karakal Pro Tour Comp 9 Racket Bag

A stellar choice for competing players seeking enough capacity to store a hefty amount equipment, the Karakal Pro Tour Comp 9 racket bag features a large central compartment for clothes, towels and other essentials, as well as two racquet compartment which can hold up to nine frames easily. Also, there is a side compartment – ideal for accessories, nutrition and personal belongings, whilst the wet pocket can be utilised for dirty garment or even a pair of court shoes if you wish to store them in a separate fashion. The racquet bag offers an additional small valuable pocket and dedicated for goggles, soft-lined pocket. The bag provides a fresh, moist-free interior with special breather buttons, and ensures comfortable carrying experience with adjustable backpack straps or a carry handle.

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Dunlop Biomimetic Assassin Racketball Racket View

Dunlop Biomimetic Assassin Racketball Racket

Play ruthlessly like an assassin with the Dunlop Biomimetic Assassin racketball racket. The shaft features BioFibre technology that is very strong but still lighter than carbon, and the way it is built into the frame helps reduce shocks significantly so you play more cleanly. Drag through the air is decreased dramatically by the AeroSkin Cx which promotes faster swings for harder-hitting shots. The head, which is a large 106in2 (683.8cm2) size, uses MoS2 Grommets which increase durability and lower friction so the strings can move more on contact with the ball, giving the potential for more spin and power. The frame weighs 165g (5.8oz) and it is head heavy. The racquet comes strung with a Dunlop S-Gut 16G string in a 14x19 pattern.

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Head Elite Pro 3 Racket Bag View

Head Elite Pro 3 Racket Bag

Providing a sufficient space amount to keep your equipment safe and sound during travels, the Head Elite Pro 3 racket bag features one main compartment to fit all your essentials, as well as up to three frames in total. There are two outer pockets with zip fastening serving as a great spot for keeping your accessories and smaller items separated and easily accessible. Furthermore, this gorgeous racquet bag is made from sturdy polyester material, and it has a detachable shoulder strap, as well as a dual cushioned carry handle to ensure comfortable commutes on and off the court.

Racketball Equpiment

Racketball is widely regarded as, "Easy to learn yet difficult to master" which is perhaps why in recent years it has become one of the UK’s fastest growing sports! In fact, there are many factors that have contributed to its widespread popularity. The slower pace of the game often results in longer rallies than in Squash, making it the perfect choice if you’re looking for a medium intensity workout that improves fitness, agility, flexibility and coordination.
 
Although it is played on a regular squash court and shares many of the same rules, there are some small differences in the racket and ball used, which equate to some big differences for the player. The ball is bigger and bouncier which allows players more time to react. Plus, the combination of a shorter racket requires less hand eye coordination and a larger racket head make it easier to hit the ball. These factors generally make Racketball easier for the novice player to ‘get the hang of’ compared to tennis or squash. This really is a sport that is ‘fun for all the family!’ plus it is also an indoor game, so it can be played all year round regardless of the fickle British weather!
 
Racketball was devised in the late 70’s as an adaptation of the U.S game of Racquetball, however the differences are more than just in the spelling; in fact it is important to note that they are two very different sports! The U.S version of Racquetball is played using different rules and on a specific racquetball court (Larger than a squash court) whereas the UK game shares more similarities to squash and uses the same court too. 
 
It wasn’t until the early 80’s that Racketball began to grow in popularity from a concerted promotional campaign inspired by a man called Tony Gathercole. At that time, he worked for EMI (who owned around 25 squash clubs in the UK) and he was also one of Slazenger’s top reps. With the help of another 8 EMI coaches and a sponsorship from Slazenger (who developed a larger ball with more bounce!) they set about promoting Racketball as a way of increasing the usage of the EMI squash courts during the day. The courts certainly got busier and the popularity of Racketball grew and grew!
 
It needn’t take much investment to get kitted out with all the equipment needed to get you started. The weight of the racketball head and the string patterns vary between models so it’s worth doing a bit of homework to find the right configuration to suite your playing style and level of experience.
 
There are two types of racketball – black and blue. Black racketballs are generally designed for the more advanced player, being slower and less bouncy, they are preferred at top-level tournaments. Blue racketballs are typically considered better suited to ‘recreational’ play, being bouncier and ideal for beginners. It is worth noting that not all manufacturers develop racketballs that conform to this general rule so before purchasing, it’s important to read the product description and not just be guided by the colour.
 
When it comes to footwear, black soles are a definite ‘no-no!’ although some clubs and leisure centres will allow players to use the squash courts wearing standard trainers or running shoes, providing that they have a non-marking sole. We’d recommend clarifying with the club before booking a game to check their footwear policies, just to be safe.  Speaking of safety, if you’re thinking of becoming a regular Racketball player, then we’d highly recommend investing in a pair of shoes that are specifically designed for Racketball/Squash. These shoes not only serve to absorb the impact of running around the court while offering support, stability and comfort, they also feature a ‘gum rubber’ sole for traction to further reduce the chances of injury.
 
For extra protection against potential injuries you may also consider wearing protective eyewear. Although eye injuries are rare in racketball, specifically designed safety specs ensure your eyes are completely protected with lenses that resist misting up as well as offering good peripheral vision.
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