What is UK Racketball?

Racketball (the UK game) was adapted for squash courts from the US game Racquetball in the late 70s, and is now played in all countries with squash courts, even in the US alongside its US parent, but on the smaller US (hardball) squash courts. Conversely, Racquetball courts are larger than both.

Racketball differs to squash in that the short-handled racket head and ball are larger, the ball is bouncier, and game scoring is generally point a rally (“PAR”) – only recently introduced to squash for national and international tournaments. Rallies are generally longer. The shorter distance between hand and the point of impact with the ball (see picture below) makes striking the ball easier to judge, and makes it easier to take up racketball from scratch. Perhaps this is what makes it so attractive once you try it.

Racketball – `Easy to learn yet difficult to master`

Racketball is an excellent game for players who have no previous court experience: the skills are easily acquired and players can rapidly gain confidence in their new-found skills and improved fitness. People of all ages and abilities find that the game provides a great aerobic workout in a competitive environment – the bouncier ball gives them more time to learn and adjust, which means that retrieval rates are much higher and (at the lower levels at least) rallies longer than in squash. What’s more, racketball being an indoor game, you don’t have to give up in the winter – you can play every week in the year no matter what the weather.