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Old 03-03-2008, 11:21 AM   #13
SW Stringer
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 621

Originally Posted by Belmonte13 View Post
I've strung every E-Force i think (judgment, bedlam, launchpad, etc) and some crazy wilsons where the string goes down through the sides of the handle between the grip.....and sometimes when i'm trying to get enough light in the handle to see which tube is red and which is orange, i ask myself WHY!!!! Is there some techno guy out there that can give me a good explanation why racquetball sticks have to be so different.....i mean, prince (ektelon) keeps their O3 tech. consistent in these, and it's great......i'm sure there's more of you out there who get annoyed like me....please, comiserate!
It's in the rules of tennis that:
a. The hitting surface, defined as the main area of the stringing pattern
bordered by the points of entry of the strings into the frame or points
of contact of the strings with the frame, whichever is the smaller, shall
be flat and consist of a pattern of crossed strings connected to a frame
and alternately interlaced or bonded where they cross. The stringing
pattern must be generally uniform and, in particular, not less dense in
the centre than in any other area.
The racket shall be designed and strung such that the playing characteristics
are identical on both faces. The racket shall be free of attached
objects, protrusions and devices other than those utilised
solely and specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear or vibration or,
for the frame only, to distribute weight. These objects, protrusions and
devices must be reasonable in size and placement for such purposes.

The frame of the racket shall not exceed 29.0 inches (73.7 cm) in
overall length, including the handle. The frame of the racket shall not
exceed 12.5 inches (31.7 cm) in overall width. The hitting surface
shall not exceed 15.5 inches (39.4 cm) in overall length, and 11.5
inches (29.2 cm) in overall width.

The frame, including the handle, and the strings, shall be free of any
device which makes it possible to change materially the shape of the
racket, or to change the weight distribution in the direction of the
longitudinal axis of the racket which would alter the swing moment of
inertia, or to change deliberately any physical property which may
affect the performance of the racket during the playing of a point. No
energy source that in any way changes or affects the playing characteristics
of a racket may be built into or attached to a racket.

The rules governing the racquet in racquetball:

(a) The racquet, including bumper guard and all solid parts of the handle, may not exceed 22 inches in length.

(b) The racquet frame may be any material judged safe.

(c) The racquet frame must include a cord that must be securely attached to the player's wrist.

(d) The string of the racquet must be gut, monofilament, nylon, graphite, plastic, metal, or a combination thereof, and must not mark or deface the ball.

(e) Using an illegal racquet will result in forfeiture of the game in progress or, if discovered between games, forfeiture of the preceding game. The penalty for playing with an otherwise legal racquet with a grip extending beyond the 22-inch limit if noted during the course of a game shall be a technical foul and a timeout to correct the problem. Subsequent violations will result in the loss of the game in process. If the challenged racquet is found to be within the 22-inch limit, then a timeout will be charged to the player who made the challenge.

The racquetball rules don't limit the size of the hitting surface nor the planarity of the stringbed. The only physical limit is the length (22") of the overall racquet. Longer strings make a more powerful racquet (all else being equal). Two manufacturers now have made some or all of the mainstrings full length (22") - E-Force(patented strings thru the handle) and Wilson. Most of the others have attempted to maximize the length of their mains.

And, yes the stringing patterns are sometimes . . . challenging, but then what do you call the Wilson T2000. Hey, maybe the guy that designed the T2000 went to work for E-Force!

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