At present there
are only 2 balls approved for British Racketball.
They are the
Dunlop Blue Ball and the Price Black Ball.
The Dunlop Blue
Ball is the default ball that should be used by most club players. It is a
faster higher bounce ball and will give the average club player more time to
reach and return the ball. It is also the ball that is used in all Masters
Tournaments, which are for all age groups of 35 and above.
The Price Black
Ball is a slower lower bounce ball that has been specifically designed for
the advanced players. It is the ball that is used for the National
Tournaments that are not age specific, (i.e. the open tournaments).
A good guideline
as to which ball you should be using, is the amount of time a typical single
game takes. A typical single game should last about 10 minutes. If games are
lasting more than 15 minutes each, then a slower ball should be used.
A ball is only
good for up to 10 matches after which it will have significantly lost some
of its bounce and speed, and should be changed. It will also have picked up
dirt from the court, and will tend to 'skid through' instead of bouncing
Beware of other
balls. Some are cheaper imports that have inconsistent bounces, and others
are the balls designed for American Racquetball. American Racquetball is
played on a court that is 8ft longer than a squash court so these balls are
designed to be faster and bounce more.