Top 10 tips for new racketball players
Essential advice for beginners in racketball
Here's our guide to starting out in racketball and getting the best out of the sport. Racketball is a hugely enjoyable indoor racket sport that is great for boosting your body's fitness and health levels. Racketball is an intense game that requires hard work but all your exercise effort will pay off in the end.
Racketball is quite a straightforward game, but it always helps to have a few pointers to get you started. So, here are realbuzz.com’s top tips for racketball beginners — which will ensure you get off on the right footing and in the safest possible way.
- Warming up is vital to prevent muscle and joint injuries. A five-minute total body warm-up should be sufficient, as well as a similar-length cool-down with specific muscle stretches after your game.
- Start with a heavier racket, as this will allow you to generate more power than a lighter one. Once you become accustomed to the game you can then switch to a lighter racket, which will allow for a quicker swing and give you more manoeuvrability when attempting shots.
- Start with a larger racket, as it will have a larger sweet spot than a smaller racket and so will allow for a greater margin of error — meaning you’ll be less likely to mis-hit the ball.
- When buying a racket, look out for these popular manufacturers: Head, Dunlop, Ektelon, Wilson, Pro Kennex and E-Force.
- Ensure your racket has a decent grip. Also, remember that grips need to be small to allow for more control and a stronger wrist snap. Don’t worry if you buy one that you think is too small, as you can always increase the size of the grip by adding tape around the handle.
- Remember that the rules require you to get out of the way of your opponent’s shots. If you don’t give your opponent enough room to swing, or you stand in the way of his or her shot, then you automatically lose the rally.
- You should try to maintain control of centre court after you serve, because if you’re positioned here you will be ideally placed to move in either direction in order to reach the ball.
- Beginner players should choose a ball type to suit their standard of play. Balls are rated according to their speeds, with the faster balls being used for a more serious level of play.
- Make sure you bring at least one full canister of balls when you play, as powerful strokes can quite easily rupture a ball.
- Before you hit the ball, always know where your opponent is, otherwise you might hit him or her with your racket during your backswing or downswing. If you can’t see your opponent, for safety reasons just stop and play the point again.