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Asics Gel-Rocket 9 Ladies Indoor Court Shoes View

Asics Gel-Rocket 9 Ladies Indoor Court Shoes

An entry level footwear for novice players seeking comfort and optimal fit, the Asics Gel-Rocket 9 ladies’ indoor court shoes are designed for indoor racquet sports, and to ensure proper breathability and increased comfort thanks to a synthetic leather upper with mesh panels. Furthermore, the shoes feature an EVA underfoot material for added responsiveness, whilst the Trusstic System® midsole technology provides better stability and torsional strength to prevent ankle twisting. Additionally, the shoes offer superior shock attenuation and a much smoother ride, thanks to the GEL® cushioning system utilised in the forefoot. The outsole of this model is made with a solid rubber for enhanced durability, which also does not mark the playing surface.

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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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Head Graphene Touch Extreme 165 Racketball Racket View

Head Graphene Touch Extreme 165 Racketball Racket

The Head Graphene Touch Extreme 165 racketball racket has a head size of 107in2 (690cm2) and weighs 165g (5.8oz) to maximize manoeuvrability. This lightweight racket has been designed for players with a fast swing speed and guarantees a perfect combination of power and comfort due to Graphene Touch technology. To choose between a traditional 16/16 string pattern and 12/16 extreme fan pattern, there is Adaptive String Pattern technology and the racket is strung with durable MegaBlast 16 string. Plus, for a softer grip and greater playability, the racket uses ComforTech technology and power is further enhanced thanks to Delta Frame technology. A full cover is included for protection between uses.

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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 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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Head Tour Team Combi 6 Racket Bag View

Head Tour Team Combi 6 Racket Bag

Stand out on your way to the courts using the Head Tour Team Combi 6 racket bag with two spacious main compartments and a stylish, sleek design. This practical bag is perfect for a player who doesn’t want to be weighed down and offers capacity for up to 6 rackets. One of the compartments features Climate control technology+ technology to make sure your equipment is safe from extreme temperatures and there is an outside zipped pocket ensuring quick and easy access to the necessities. The bag is lightweight yet solid and durable and has an inside mesh pocket for accessories. It can be comfortably carried using a carry handle or over the shoulder with a padded and adjustable shoulder strap.

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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