How to Select the Right Racket Accessories
For casual viewers of the game, racquetball accessories don’t seem all that important. But seasoned players know that a good deal of their control and success comes from the proper selection of racquet accessories.
Rackets come in different shapes, sizes, weights, grips, and string gauges. The weight of a racket can range from 150 grams to 245 grams. Experienced players prefer lightweight rackets because they are very light in the hands, easy to control, and allow for skillful and precise play. New players have yet to develop a powerful wrist snap and therefore should consider heavy rackets.
Racket grips are important racket accessories. The size of the grip plays an important role in a player’s ability to control the ball and throw it hard. Grips come in a variety of sizes and can be between 3 5/8 ‘and 3 5/16’. The smaller grips allow for greater control of the racket and are recommended for players with a better wrist fit. This is why experienced players prefer small grips. This is also why experts recommend that beginners start with little squeezes when they are new to the game. However, a player with big hands may not have much of a choice as they need to use a bigger grip.
The right overgrip is another one of those racquet accessories that are crucial to your performance. Gripping surfaces decide how the player feels when the ball hits the racket. For players who rely on the feel of the bezels when switching from a backhand grip to a forehand grip, the soft style is recommended. The perforated and ribbed overgrips are pretty good too, although professional gamers prefer to use soft overgrips, the no-nonsense types without bumps, ridges, or fingerprints. However, if your hands are sweating profusely, you may want to consider perforated overgrips, as they absorb sweat easily.
There are a number of other racquet accessories that may seem a bit odd, but can greatly contribute to your performance. For example, a good pair of racquetball gloves can improve your grip and protect your hands from injury. However, you must exercise great discretion when selecting gloves. The most popular material for gloves includes leather, sheepskin, and goatskin. Synthetic leather is also used. The trick is to choose a material that feels good and comfortable in your hands. Keep in mind that you need good ventilation so your hands don’t slip with sweat. Gloves should not wrinkle when you wear them as they are likely to loosen over time. Choose a snug fit. The sticky outer surfaces of the palm allow for greater control.
Racquetball shoes are important racket accessories, as they play a decisive role in the quality of your game. Choose professional athletic shoes that are comfortable and feel light on your feet. Gummed soles are good as they provide good traction and prevent the possibility of slipping and falling on the court.