7 Pieces Of Equipment Needed To Play RacquetballIf you've never played racquetball before and are planning to get out and buy some racquetball equipment to start playing you should be prepared to know what to buy. If you've never played before you probably think you only need a racquet and a ball. While these are the bare necessities, there are other pieces of equipment that will make your game both safer and more pleasant to play.
Racquet - If you have never played before, any old racquetball racquet will probably do, however there are a few things to take into consideration. Most racquets list the weight of the racquet in grams, if your shoulder isn't in the best condition try to find a lighter racquet to help take it easy on your shoulder and rotator cuff.
Goggles - Without eye protection you leave your eyes vulnerable to taking a ball to the eye which cause substantial damage. While the chances of getting hit in the eye are slim, its better safe that sorry. If you sweat a lot you will probably want to get some goggles that are vented so that your eye protection doesn't steam up and leave you with limited visibility.
Running Shoes - Make sure you find a pair of running shoes or cross trainers with a fair amount of support. One of the most common injuries in racquetball is sprained ankles. Make sure your feet and ankles are sitting in quality shoes and you will find yourself in much less pain after your games.
Racquetball Glove - You may wonder why some people wear a glove on the racquet hand while playing racquetball? The answer is quite simple; sweat protection. If your hand gets really sweaty which happens when you are running around for an hour with a racquet in your hand, the sweat can cause you to miss a shot or slip. The glove definitely helps keep a solid grip on your racquet.
Head band - You may think this looks kind of funny, but racquetball is just not very fun when you have sweat streaming down your forehead and into your eyes. If you don't have bushy eye brows to protect the sweat from pouring into your eyewear, pick up a sweat band, or maybe two.
Wrist Sweat Band - If you refuse to wear a head band to collect sweat, get one for your wrist. Put it on the hand that isn't holding the racquet so you can freely wipe your forehead of sweat even in the midst of a rally.
Racquetball balls - There are many different kinds of racquetball balls, blue, green, purple, red and black; unfortunately they are all different! The balls generally differ in speed. If you are new, just get your hands on whatever you can; I typically use the blue or green balls. The fastest balls are known to be the reds, while the slowest are known to be the black balls. The International Pro Racquetball Tour strictly uses purple balls, The World Outdoor Racquetball only uses the red balls, and state sanctioned events tend to use blue or green balls.
Hopefully you are now at least a little more prepared to visit your local racquetball sporting good store and pickup the things you need!