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Head Extreme Edge Racketball Racket View

Head Extreme Edge Racketball Racket

Weighing 175g (6.2oz), the Head Extreme Edge racketball racket is suitable for players with a moderate swing speed and those who want a little extra response. It features a 107in2 (690cm2) head for easy manoeuvrability and for a combination of power and feel, the racket boasts Delta Frame technology. For improved playability and vibration dampening, there is ComforTech technology and the racket comes strung with MegaBlast 16 string ensuring maximum power and added durability. To provide greater control and shot precision, the racket uses Innegra technology and Adaptive String Pattern (ASP) technology lets you customize string pattern depending on your swing speed. For protection, it is supplied with a full-length cover.

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Wilson Team 3 Racket Bag View

Wilson Team 3 Racket Bag

Wilson Team 3 racket bag is a beautifully designed choice featuring eye-catching block-textured exterior, that provides a good capacity for all court essentials with one major compartment. It’s great for storing up to three of your favourite frames, and the bag features 2 capacious external pockets excellent for accessories, small items, towels and other essentials requires for pleasant and efficient practice. The bag is very comfortable due to a padded shoulder strap, that can be adjusted to suit players of different height, plus there is a carry handle if you simply wish to move it around without utilising the strap.

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Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro Racketball Racket View

Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro Racketball Racket

The Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro racketball racket is a head light balanced option offering more speed and easy handling and has a good sized 107in2 (690cm2) head. Weighing 165g (5.8oz), the racket is suitable for players with fast swing speed and provides maximum manoeuvrability. Strung with Megablast 16 string, it ensures a blend of power and durability and boasts Graphene™ technology making the racket easy to swing and more powerful. The use of Delta Frame technology results in the largest sweet spot possible and Adaptive String Pattern (ASP) technology lets you customize string pattern to maximize the game. To increase playability and reduce unwanted vibrations, the Extreme Pro features ComfortTech grip technology and it is supplied with a full protective cover.

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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 Ultimate Pro Indoor Court Shoes View

Dunlop Ultimate Pro Indoor Court Shoes

Made for indoor court performances by adding more support and stability with the TPU heel cup, the Dunlop Ultimate Pro court shoes include a breathable upper design due to mesh panels placed in crucial spots. The pair offers comfortable movement around the court and has TPU mould stiffened shank ensuring proper energy transfer and response. Furthermore, an ergonomic rubber outsole allows for improved traction, and excellent resistance to abrasion.

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Asics Blast FF Mens Indoor Court Shoes View

Asics Blast FF Mens Indoor Court Shoes

Providing incredible support and feet stability, the Asics Blast FF court shoes are meant for indoor performance and male players seeking superior comfort and highly optimised fit when moving dynamically around the court. The pair features an upper designed from polyurethane for excellent foot cosines and enhanced breathability, and takes advantage of the FlyteFoam™ technology in the midsole to ensure impressive energy transfer and bounce. Furthermore, the shoes feature the GEL™ cushioning situated in the rearfoot section of the footwear, and there is the Ortholite™ sockliner offering proper moisture absorption and superior interior ventilation. The shoes include a non-marking NC Rubber® outsole for enhanced traction and durability.

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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