Racquetball Learning Center
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Glove
Gloves are not required for playing racquetball but are widely used and highly recommended. The primary reason for using a glove is to improve the grip and comfort of your racquet during play. In this helpful guide we have broken down the main components of a glove so you know what to look for.
Step 1: Ask Yourself These Questions
- Does your hand sweat a lot?
- Yes? Choose a breathable glove with good absorption
- No? Choose any glove
- Do you dive during play?
- Yes? Choose a glove with padding; avoid mesh backing
- No? Choose any glove
- Did you answer Yes both times?
- A neoprene or lycra backing will provide the best balance of protection, absorption and breathability
Step 2: Narrow Down Your Search
- Sheepskin Leather
- Benefit: Most supple/plush feel and longest lasting softness
- Downside: Highest price
- Goatskin Leather
- Benefit: Sheepskin soft when new, lower price
- Downside: Shorter lifespan before the soft turns hard
- Tackified Leather
- Benefit: Sticks to your grip like flypaper
- Downside: Difficulty switching between forehand and backhand grips
- Synthetic Leather
- Benefit: Enhanced grip through texture
- Downside: Lacks the supple feel of natural leather
- Perforated Palm
- Benefit: Increased airflow to palm for cooler hand and less sweating
- Downside: Lower absorption due to less material
- Mesh Backing
- Benefit: Increased airflow, less sweat.
- Downside: Less absorption overall, lower durability (especially for divers)
- Neoprene (thickest), Textured Lycra, Lycra, Spandex (thinnest)
- Benefit: More padding, better absorption, stretch fit
- Downside: Less airflow compared to mesh
- Foam Padding
- Benefit: Protects your hand and knuckles from wall and floor impacts, especially during dives.
- Downside: Adds weight, bulk, and reduces breathability in padded areas
- Airprene Padding
- Benefit: Provides full length finger protection
- Downside: Increased bulk, decreased movement, reduced breathability
- Neoprene Padding
- Benefit: Increased protection without increased bulk
- Downside: Limited padding effect compared to foam, decreased breathability
Step 3: Choose your size
Your glove should fit as snug as possible to eliminate any bunching or material movement that would reduce palm to grip contact.
- Most gloves will stretch out during use; if you are in between sizes, go smaller
- The average man wears a medium
- Ektelon gloves tend to fit slightly longer than most
- If it doesn’t fit, we have free return shipping!