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Squash and Racquetball Equipment

Hitting a rubber ball, whether you're playing squash or racquetball, still means you need the right equipment to play properly. Even though both sports are played similarly on different-sized courts, the racquets are not the same size. You'll also need the right grip to hold onto the racquet and a good pair of shoes if you want to excel at the game.

Racquets

Squash racquets are at least 12.5 centimetres longer than racquetball racquets, and both have tear-drop shaped heads, with the latter being the wider of the two. Squash and racquetball racquets are available in graphite, titanium and tungsten to keep the frame from being heavy and help improve player performance. Use a heavier racquet to deliver forceful strokes and one with a lighter head to gain a measure of flexibility when controlling the ball's direction. Most racquets include a cover for storage, protection, and easier transporting.

Grips

If you keep dropping the racquet, there's a good chance you need a new or different grip. Squash and racquetball grips wrap around the handle to keep the racquet from slipping. A rubber grip usually has more tackiness and durability than synthetic leather, but the latter absorbs sweat better. Both materials have their merits that appeal to different individuals. A smooth grip has the thinnest diameter so you can feel the handle when playing. Grips are available in perforated and contoured styles to absorb moisture, add texture and provide ventilation. Keep in mind it may take several attempts to find the grip that works for you.

Shoes

Moving quickly in all directions is one major aspect of playing competitively, so your footwear is just as important as the racquet and grip. Manufacturers design squash and racquetball shoes for surfaces normally coated with a polyurethane sealer. A gum rubber outsole improves traction on the court, and shoes with a wider front keep you from jamming your toes. Lastly, a lighter midsole reduces impact on knee joints.

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