dsiffernce"Hussman" <dfhu...@attbinospan.com> wrote in message
1. Older players can be competitive with much younger players. We can now hit
harder than ANYONE can retrieve the ball.
(Some decry this as a bad thing, but let's not get into that here...I'm just
mentioning the change, not commenting on its merit of lack thereof!). It's
harder to beat an accomplished player by out-enduring them; if they have strong
shots, you don;t get the chance.
2. EVERYONE can hit with power now. Many C players hit the ball as HARD as A
and Open players (not as well, but as hard). By-product: I see C players with
more "tatoos" in the loclker room! When they hit one another (and they do so a
lot more often than upper-level players), they seem to hit one another harder.
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I remember my first racquet. I bought it at Gart Brothers (had cliffs
picture on it..it must be good!) for $20.00 for my racquetball class.
After the first week I noticed that the frame was bent. I continued
using it, and then when the instructor asked me to be on the
collegiate team, and I was practicing more, he looked at my racquet
and laughed at me. He gave me a different one, that wasn't bent, and I
played horrible for the next couple of weeks, but then I got a lot
better. Point?....I agree with you! :)
This was at a time just after Ektelon began marketing new frames and while
Leach was the big plastic racquet company.
The pro I asked was on the women's pro tour, and was a very good instructor.
She even had a few racquetball books!
When I asked her what the best racquet was, she said that it depended on the
type of player, since racquets may have different results for different
players, such as weight and balance.
I was told that changing the weight or balance could eventually be better, but
there would be a time period needed to adjust for the difference.
When I asked her what she thought was the best racquet for her, she grinned at
said the racquet with the sponsor willing to pay her the most money. She said
she could adapt and learn to play with almost any racquet, if the money was
Let this be a lesson for all those "weekend warriors" and wannabe pros (who are
The best selling racquet doesn't mean it is the best racquet.
The racquet used by the best player doesn't mean it is the best racquet.
The most expensive racquet doesn't mean it's the best racquet.
Be skeptical about "reviews" touting how great racquets are on the Internet,
especially from posts on this newsgroup. Many of these "reviews" are from
"sponsored" players from that racquet company.
The "BEST" racquet is the racquet that you can play the best with.
If it was just the racquet and not the player, wouldn't it mean all the players
would play alike and "tie" when they used the same racquet?
Trust me, it's not the racquet!
It's the "right" racquet for you that makes the difference.
PS. More expensive racquets made from better materials will usually give you
more power. But you need to adjust your timing to take advantage of the power
if the weight and balance is different than you last racquet. Don't expect more
than 10% more power, it really isn't that much unless you can really hit the
>Don't let anyone tell you your equipment doesn't make a difference. Of
>course there's no substitute for time spent on the court but equipment can
>make a huge difference, and don't just think about the racquet as a whole,
>break it down and be concerned about the weight, balance, grip and strings.
>Keep "all" your equipment (shoes, gloves, eyewear...etc)maintained, that
>will take a lot of factors out of the equation of becoming a better player.
>After that all you have to do is practice, practice and of course more
>practice. Before too long the "A" league will need to watch out.
This is a refreshing alternative to all the recent racquetball
politics threads. Can we hear what everyone uses? I'll start:
racquet: I have two Ektelon Deliverance Triple Threats (although I'm
probably not even a single threat with them) strung with Technefiber
balls: green Penn and blue Ektelon
bag: blue ProKennex
socks: 100% wool wigwams
sweat bands: plain unmarked white ones
clothes: thick sweatshirt (I'm too fat to look good in those sporty
racquetball snack: dehydrated sour cherries
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racquetball snacks: Corona in the summer and Guiness in the winter.
Strings: Mains: Forten new age 18g Kevlar @ 21lbs
Crosses: Gamma synthetic gut 17g @ 28lbs
Shoe: Head ad.apt_700 Low
Glove: Head Comfortac
Balls: Penn Blue or Green (prefer Blue)
Bag: Head Team
Sweat bands: Bandanas (only during heated matches)
Glasses: Head Vision System
Clothes: Head Team
Racquetball snack: Balance bars and lots of water
"Ronald Ipock" <rip...@uci.edu> wrote in message
Mains: Forten 18g Kevlar @ 281lbs
Crosses: SuperKill II 17g @ 30lbs
"Larry Yerton" <Lye...@cox.net> wrote in message
21 lbs on the mains? Knowing you string yourself, I'm sure you've tried
about every combination. Have you ever gone that loose with another
racquet? I know nothing of the recent Head line....
28 lbs. on the mains and 32 lbs. on the crosses
Wilson Triad 180
ahhh, the good ol'days.
"Jackie" <jtma...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
"Kevin Young" <wilso...@maineracquetball.com> wrote in message
>Racquet: Head i.x 160
>Strings: Mains: Forten new age 18g Kevlar @ 21lbs
> Crosses: Gamma synthetic gut 17g @ 28lbs
you sound like you know what you're about when it comes to stringing.
I wanted to set up one of my racquets for power and the other for
accuracy--just to play around. What's your suggestion for string
diameter and poundage for each configuration?
LOL!! I still own some of my "racquet history":
1. some aluminum frame thing with red and white strings that bent
regularly when I ran into walls (circa '84)
2. Ektelon quantus wow my first power/control racquet. well
compared to #1 anyway.
3. Ektelon Strobe holy cow more power
<long break here>
4. Ektelon power ring ultralite (prult) first: how do actually get
power with something this light? then later: sweet. then later:
5. Ektelon Triple threat warrior more power than the prult and no
6. Ektelon more attitude: oh momma. still getting used to the feel
but so far it's awesome. air filled grip thing is weird but seems to
Sidenote: Obviously there's a lot of Ektelon brand history here so
I'm partial but recently I demo'd every manufacturer's top of the line
and played for a weekend with all of them. All great racquets with
radically different qualities (duh). The more attitude and the head
160i were in a dead heat, the more attitude was just available first.