Equipment Advice

Buying Equipment

Basic racquetball equipment consists of eyeguards, a racquet, and a pair of non-marking sports shoes (indoor court or basketball preferred). Some members have an extra racquet or eyeguards that you can borrow if you need a loaner.

Before making any big racquetball purchases, from racquets to eyewear to shoes, we recommend asking an experienced player for advice. You can probably demo some equipment and learn some of the tradeoffs between different products.

Local sports shops like Big 5 (Menlo Park) and Sportsmart (San Antonio) have some racquetball items if you need an item really quickly, but selection is a bit limited and prices tend to be high for the quality. There are a number of internet sites that carry racquetball items for better prices, but it is harder to look at the equipment first. Jack Hughes' pro shop in Burlingame has offered the club a discount that should get prices comparable to the online sites, with the added advantage of being able to demo equipment and have it brought down to the courts. (see info below, under Club Discounts)

Stringing

There are a number of stringing options.

One good option is going through Jack's shop (see below). Stringing costs about $24.

Club Discounts

We get a 10% discount at the pro shop in the Royal Racquetball Club. It's about 20 miles North of Stanford near SFO. You'll need your Stanford ID card to get the discount. When you go, stay and watch some of the league matches (Mon-Thurs 6-8p).
Address:
1718 Rollins Road, Burlingame
Directions:
101 North, West (left) on Millbrae Ave, Left at the first light (Rollins), Past See's Candy (white building on left), Left side just past Prime Time Athletic Club
Hours:
Mon-Thurs 4p-9p
Phone:
650.697.9162
Email:
info@rbplus.com
Website:
http://www.rbplus.com/
(If you order through the web site, you won't get the discount.)