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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

  1. Does your hand sweat a lot?
    1. Yes? Choose a breathable glove with good absorption
    2. No? Choose any glove
  2. Do you dive during play?
    1. Yes? Choose a glove with padding; avoid mesh backing
    2. No? Choose any glove
  3. Did you answer Yes both times?
    1. A neoprene or lycra backing will provide the best balance of protection, absorption and breathability

Step 2: Narrow Down Your Search

Palm Materials

  • 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

Glove Backings

  • 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

Dive Padding

  • 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.

Tips:

  • 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!