Category: Equipment

Racquetball Gloves: Is This the Ultimate Racquetball Glove? 4 Stars

If you head out to any professional golf event, you will notice they virtually ALL wear a glove on their left hand. In fact, one pro is even known for wearing TWO gloves. When you consider the money that is available to be made … and lost … in the golf world, you know those guys are not messing around when it comes to choosing equipment.

I first heard about this brand of glove while golfing, and was intrigued to see it enter the racquetball arena. Yes, A Bionic racquetball glove. But will it make you a “Six Million Dollar” racquetball star?

bionic-racquetball-gloveBionic Racquetball Glove, Bionic Player?

There are a couple of intriguing aspects to the Bionic racquetball glove:

  1. It was designed by an orthopedic surgeon, for proper comfort, fit, and support.
  2. They are more expensive than the average glove.

So, what do you get for this extra moolah? And what are the problems?

First, when you are shelling out more than $10 for a glove, you might not like that the sparkling white leather palm becomes discolored rather quickly. Second, because of all the extra stitching (see below), there are more seams to come unravelled, and sometimes they do. As with any product, when we pay more, we want it to be perfect; alas, no glove is. sometimes a seam may come loose on you. Grab a needle!

Players who sweat more than average found it to be a very good glove, often lasting one to two hours before time to change it out for a dry one. (You DO have more than one glove, don’t you?) It could be because of all the small terry cloth “mini-towels” sewn into the interior. They also found it to be a bit more snug than average, and so you will want to make sure you get one large enough for your hand (Bionic Sizing Chart.) The glove itself contains anatomically-designed pads to help support and reduce pressure in key spots on your fingers and palm. If you manipulate the racquet quite a bit in your hand, you might find this feature particularly appealing to help reduce blisters and hot spots.

This glove is not for everyone. However, among players it consistently gets a 4 Star rating, which is above average for racquetball gloves. It costs twice as much as the average glove, but if you are tired of blisters, and changing gloves every 15 minutes, the Bionic may just be the Ultimate racquetball glove for you.

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Review: Head Ti. 175 XL Racquetball Racquet – Sweet Control


The  Head Ti. 175 XL is a very good racquet. In fact, it is MY racquet, even after 10 years, and it has held up very well for me.

Of course, I am biased here, but let me explain what its strengths and weaknesses are. This is not a “bash it and smash it” model racquet. My game is very finesse oriented. I put a premium on off-speed, dying in the corner pinch and passing shots, and play closer to the front wall where I can use my quick reactions. I also tend to hit a lot of ceiling shots when I don’t have quite the situation I want. I like to manipulate the court balance, and with this in my hands I feel fully capable of doing so.

In fact, it is the only racquet I have used that even surprises me at some of the shots I pull off. Sometimes it feels like my brain is connected to this racquet; I think, it responds. What more could you want?

A Great Control Racquet – For Cheap?

So clearly this is a control racquet, and I like the balance in my hand. When it was a new model, it was pushing the envelope with its titanium and graphite construction, and was also pushing $250. In a crowded racquet market with many new entrants, it can now be had brand-spanking-new for under $70.

That makes it a steal. Unless you are a power basher.

When you consider that this racquet is still in production after 13 years, and is the most popular Head racquetball  racquet of all time, that is saying a lot.

If you play a lot of doubles, and hang out close to the front wall where you wield your racket like a swordsman, this is your racquet. If you are a control player like me, it is hard to go wrong with the Head Ti. 175 XL. It is rated one of the highest racquets of all time for both close and deep control shots. However, if you need a lot of power help, or like to see your ball time-warp into the next dimension because you hit it so hard, you will likely find something else a better fit. Some players have found that the plastic guard has broken quickly (primarily cosmetic) and that the strings broke. Mine is 10 years old, is fully original, and still plays great.

If you are just stepping up from your first Big Box Store racquet, this may be the trick. From a quality standpoint, it is certainly hard to go wrong with the VERY well-proven Head Ti. 175 XL, one of the classic best control racquetball racquets of all time.

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#1 Racquetball Racquet for 2013?

So what IS our #1 racquetball racquet choice for 2013?

Introducing the Head Black Widow. Be careful, or you might get bitten!

Head Racquetball is renowned for using exotic and cutting edge materials in their racquets. Their 2012-13 Deadly series is no different. There are actually three models, the Black Widow at 160g, the 170g Scorpion , and the Cobra 180g racquet. In this case, their new material breakthrough is something called Innegra™, which is a carbon-polypro technology which is both super- lightweight and also dampens vibrations. Without a doubt, this is one of the top racquetball racquets on the market.

 The Head Black Widow Racquet

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According to Head Racquetball, the key features of the new composite hybrid Innegra material are:

Features:

  • Extremely tough and light; lightest performance fiber in the world today
  • In combination with carbon fiber, Innegra forms an ultra strong and explosive hybrid-composite structure

Benefits:

  • Improved stability and increased shock absorption

  • Vibration on ball impact is reduced by 17 % for unique control and precision

  • HEAD’s new hybrid-composite structure considerably extends the performance of your HEAD racquet

I’ve always been a Head racquet fan myself, and this particular model seems to have  the “Holy Grail” combo of both extreme power paired with extreme control. Rather than head heavy, as Head racquets often are, the Black Widow and Scorpion are very well balanced. The heavier 180g Cobra is actually head light in spite of its extra weight. The result for all is an extremely maneuverable racquet that produces blazing speed.

Here are what top racquetball pro Ben Croft has to say about the new Head Racquetball racquets.

Head Black Widow Racquetball Racquet: On Court Review

If you are looking for a high level racquet to take your game to the next level, the new super-sharp Head Black Widow might be just what you need to sting that pesky opponent.

Check here for the latest lowest prices on the Head Black Widow, Scorpion, & Cobra >>

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