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Guide to Racketball Racket Specifications



The stationary weight (measured in grams) usually represents the unstrung weight of the racket frame, excluding the strings, grommets and grip.

Heavy rackets help to generate power from the back corners of the court and can compensate for a lack of personal strength, but are less manoeuvrable. They are recommended for older players with a slower swing speed and players who are relatively new to the sport.
Mid-weight rackets are the most widely used and offer a balance of both power and control. The most popular weight is typically around 170g.
Light rackets are recommended for players with a fast swing who play a quick game and are able to generate their own power. However, light rackets are not advisable for players who suffer with arm or shoulder problems.


The balance of a racket is a measure of its weight distribution, which may be evenly distributed or shifted either towards the head or the grip. The static balance point (centre of gravity) of a racket is expressed as a measurement from the butt end in millimetres or inches. If the balance point is closer to the head, the racket is considered head heavy, while if the balance point is shifted towards the grip, it is head light. If a racket has an even (neutral) balance, the weight is typically centred around the throat of the racket.

Head-light Head-light rackets are ideal for front court play as they are easily manoeuvrable and more controllable.
Head-heavy Head-heavy rackets help to increase swing speed and momentum and generate more power. They are suitable for players who prefer to play a powerful game from the back of the court. Light rackets are often head-heavy as this helps compensate for the lack of power.
Even balance Even balance rackets generally have a balance point of 11" and offer something between the manoeuvrability of a head-light racket and the power of a head-heavy racket, but at neither extreme.

The balance point of a racket is sometimes referred to in ‘points’, with each point representing 1/8 inch from the racket’s midpoint. For example, a racket with a length of 22 inches and a balance point of 12 inches is 1 inch, or 8 points head-heavy (even balance would be 11 inches).

Dynamic weight

Dynamic Weight

The dynamic weight or swing weight of a racket, expressed in grams, is calculated by measuring a racket’s weight in relation to its balance, length and head size. In essence, swing weight is a gauge of how heavy a racket feels when swung. The lower the number, the easier it is to swing and the greater the manoeuvrability. Rackets with a higher swing weight are harder to swing, but offer greater stability on impact.



The length of a racket is measured from the bottom of the handle/grip to the top of the racket head. Racketball rackets are produced according to USA Racquetball rules, which stipulate that a racket must not exceed 22 inches in length. The World Squash Federation (WSF) racketball rules also restrict rackets to the same maximum length of 558 mm, as the two variations of the sport utilise the same equipment. ‘Long body’ rackets (up to 23 inches) designed for increased power are available on the market but are not sanctioned for tournament play.

Head size

Head Size

Head size, expressed either in square inches or square centimetres, measures the total strung area of the racket. The head size of rackets for racketball ranges from the smallest around 101 in² (652 cm²) up to the largest around 107 in² (690 cm²).

Racketball rackets have two types of head shape – quadraform and teardrop. Quadraform rackets offer a wider (and therefore larger) sweet spot, making them great for beginners. Teardrop rackets have a more triangular head shape with a smaller sweet spot situated higher on the string bed, so are suitable for intermediate and advanced players. Most rackets typically have a variant of the teardrop head shape.

Pattern density

Pattern Density

String patterns are expressed as the number of main strings x the number of cross strings. A more open string pattern with fewer strings yields a lower overall string bed stiffness than a dense pattern, providing improved power but with reduced string durability. A dense or ‘closed’ pattern with more main strings or cross strings creates a stiffer string bed, allowing for better control with reduced power. Closed patterns are therefore suited to use with softer, thinner and more feel-oriented strings.

A more open pattern for racketball rackets is 12x16, with the densest patterns generally either 16x18 or 14x20.

Grip size

Grip Size

Grip size is measured as the circumference of the handle in inches. Racketball grip sizes are generally available as small (3 5/8"), intended for the majority of players, or large (3 7/8" or 3 15/16"), accommodating players with larger hands.