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Best Racquetball String – Buyer’s Guide

Best Racquetball String

When getting new gear for racquetball, most of the excitement centers around the racquet itself, followed by a longshot with an idiosyncratic assortment of gear.

Generally far down that list is a priority for the best racquetball string–especially considering most racquets come pre-strung. That said, not all pre-strung racquets are equal, and sometimes you may need to purchase new strings from the beginning.

Whether replacing worn out strings or upgrading from substandard ones, finding the best racquetball string involves understanding what type of game style you play and what the different qualities of the racquetball string do. For instance, the material and construction of racquetball string are especially important but are not as simple as better or worse (READ MORE: Step-by-step Guide for Choosing Best Racquetball Racquet, Best Racquetball Gloves and Best Racquetball Shoes).

What is the Best Racquetball String 2018?

Figuring out which set of racquetball string is the best for you can be a difficult and confusing task. That is why we have put together a list of the 5 best racquetball strings, highlighting what each one does best. Then we provide a helpful buyer’s guide, so you can find the best racquetball string to suit your play style.

Product
GaugesMaterialConstruction 
16, 17 & 18Nylon
&
Polyurethane
Multifilament
Head MegaBlast
(People's Choice)
16 & 17Co-Polymer
&
Carbon
Textured
Hybrid
17NylonTextured
Multifilament
16NylonMulti-Core

1. Python Sports Atlas Deluxe Racquetball String
– Best Racquetball Racquet String (Editor’s Choice)

Python Sports Atlas Deluxe Racquetball String reviewPython Sports is interesting because it had been originated as their own company but eventually was sold off to an online retailer, which is uncommon–though not unheard of.

That said, Python Sports is actually the most recent brand that we reviewed with less than 30 years of experience. Still, Python Sports has always specialized in racquetball equipment and racquetball accessories, which is likely part of the reason they managed to put out the Editor’s Choice best racquetball string.

In fact, this is the only racquetball string that we reviewed which is suitable for both power and finesse players, providing an equal measure of benefit for both.

Something for Everyone

At first glance, one would expect the Python Sports Atlas Deluxe racquetball string to be far more touch-oriented than it would power. This is in a large part due to the multifilament construction, which is almost explicitly designed to cushion the blow more than anything else.

When you consider the nylon material is nice but otherwise unimpressive, it can be a bit difficult to understand where the power comes from. Part of that is in the polyurethane coating, which greatly reduces the friction of the air during your swing, but it also makes the strings a bit stiffer on contact without altering their actual structural integrity.

This shows up in the “softness” of the Python Sports Atlas Deluxe racquetball string which is noted for greatly reducing vibration to further increase your touch and control.

Pros:
  • Strings made of nylon
  • Strings have a polyurethane coating
  • Has a multifilament construction
  • Comes in 3 different gauges
  • Exceptionally soft string
  • Provides both power and touch
Cons:
  • The most expensive racquetball string reviewed

2. Head Megablast Racquetball String
– Best Hybrid Racquetball String (People’s Choice)

Head Megablast Racquetball String reviewHEAD may be a fairly experienced and well-known company, but they are one of the few on our list that actually originated as a company specialized in other sports altogether but eventually evolved into a brand that was known for their products within the racquet sports community.

As such, HEAD has more than met that standard as a company whose products regularly finding themselves in the hands of professional players at the top of their games.

When you consider that this set of racquetball string is almost ideally designed for the broader market in mind, it is not hard to see why the HEAD MegaBlast racquetball string is the most popular racquetball string we reviewed not to mention the best hybrid racquetball string.

Best of All Worlds

When considering the HEAD MegaBlast racquetball string, it definitely diverges from the general trend of many other products on the market with a hybrid construction that provides both power as well as touch in equal measure without forcing the player to choose.

Though some may suggest that this is strictly a “natural and synthetic” blend, the manufacturers have begun using different types of synthetic fibers to emulate the same effect.

As such, the HEAD MegaBlast racquetball string uses co-polymer materials that are coated in carbon to provide the most frictionless experience possible. On top of that, the HEAD MegaBlast racquetball string is also textured to increase your touch and spin.

Pros:
  • Strings made of co-polymer
  • Strings have a carbon coating
  • Has a hybrid construction
  • Strings are textured
  • Comes in 2 different gauges
  • A less expensive racquetball string
Cons:
  • Vibrates more than most

3. Ashaway Superkill XL Racquetball String
– Best Budget Racquetball String (Best Price)

Ashaway Superkill XL Racquetball String reviewAshaway’s journey onto our list may have been a bit more meandering than most of the other companies’ that we saw, but it is definitely the most storied.

With a history that can trace its specialization in high-tension, high-performance sporting fibers back almost 200 years, there is no company that we saw, which can come close to this length of time since its founding.

That said, Ashaway is no slouch when it comes to strings for racquets having been the first company to introduce kevlar strings to the market.

As such, Ashaway is able to cover all niches and segments of the market and puts forth the best budget racquetball string.

An Excellent Value

When looking for a budget-minded product, it is important to make sure that it at least meets industry standards before then checking to see if it exceeds them in any way. When it comes to the Ashaway Superkill XL racquetball string, there is virtually no part of it that is below expectations–though it is a bit more focused than some others.

Specifically, this is a set of racquetball string that features the popular multifilament construction made of nylon, which provides additional touch. As a bonus, the Ashaway Superkill XL racquetball string also features a textured exterior specifically designed to increase your general touch as well as the ability to put a spin on your shots.
Pros:
  • Strings made of nylon
  • The least expensive racquetball string reviewed
  • Has a multifilament construction
  • Strings are textured
  • Provides excellent touch
  • Strings are double braided
Cons:
  • Not the best power

4. AG International Racquetball String
– Best Multi-Core Racquetball String

AG International Racquetball String reviewAG International is a bit unusual in the sense that the company has actually been around for quite a while all things considered–for over 4 decades–and even has a good reputation within the racquetball string market, but they never managed to propel their brand above the din of competition.

That said, insiders know that this is easily one of the best brands of racquetball string on the market from a small company that specializes in such.

Still, the company is better known as one of many brands currently owned by NRC Sports, though this has not seemed to affect AG International’s quality as we rated this our best multi-core racquetball string reviewed.

Multi-Core is Multi-Talented

By far the best quality of the AG International racquetball string is its construction which features a multi-core design giving this racquetball string an interesting focus. Specifically, the multi-core construction is mean to provide additional cushion and durability than a single-core construction, which aside from increasing your touch–which is generally the ability the more advanced players hone–this also makes the AG International racquetball string much better for people who have elbow injuries. On top of that, each core layer is individually wrapped which further increases the cushion provided, the touch enhancements, and the overall durability.
Pros:
  • Strings made of nylon
  • The string is double wrapped
  • Features a multi-core construction
  • Incredibly versatile string
  • Provides good touch
  • Is fairly durable
Cons:
  • A more expensive racquetball string

Best Racquetball String Review – Buyer’s Guide

Material

The material of the string is by far one of the more impactful qualities of racquetball string primarily because it will ultimately determine how the string behaves and what constructions it can be woven into.

For example, natural gut may be considered the best performing racquetball string material, but it is far more limited in terms of how it can be woven than all of the synthetic fibers.

That said, the construction of the racquetball strings follows a far more clear path in terms of power vs touch whereas that is too simple a consideration for the materials.

Polyester

This material is generally seen as either best suitable for bargain bin racquetball strings or proprietary blends. The former is obviously less than ideal for pretty much every level of play, but the latter can actually present unique innovation that performs better than even nylon–though this will generally be on a case by case basis.

Still, polyester presents as an incredibly versatile synthetic fiber that can support any type of racquetball string construction. On top of that, this is a reasonably durable material that truly shines in outdoor settings where it is naturally water-resistant and also provides inherent protection from UV damage.

Nylon

This has become one of the most common materials used in the manufacturing of racquetball strings and it shares many of the same qualities with polyester. Specifically, both nylon and polyester are thermoplastics, which can be spun into synthetic fibers that support an incredible variety of design.

As such, there are no racquetball string constructions that nylon cannot support providing incredible versatility. Even better, nylon is actually more durable than polyester–at least in general–though it does not resist water or sunlight quite as well as polyester.

Kevlar

This is a fairly new material–though it has actually been used for over a couple decades now–and is designed for one purpose and one purpose alone: durability. When it comes to professional or competition play, kevlar is found with power players who regularly break even the toughest of racquetball strings made of other materials.

That said, kevlar is by far the heaviest material used and also generates the most friction, which can affect your swing speed–though if you are a power player, that is likely not an issue too terribly much either way. Still, kevlar is also an expensive material making suitable only for specific styles of play by highly skilled players.

Natural Gut

This is the original material used for racquetball strings and is actually still considered to be one of, if not, the best materials in an all-around manner. One of the most important aspects of this material is that it transfers power better than most of the synthetic fibers.

That said, it is actually one of the more difficult materials to work with which severely limits the number of racquetball string constructions it can assume. This means that, for the most part, what you get out of one set of high-end racquetball strings is roughly what you can expect out of another set of high-end racquetball strings.

Of course, this has also led to the rise of hybrid racquetball strings, but even here the ease and value in synthetic fibers threaten to push natural gut into a niche category.

Conclusion

As we can see, there is absolutely no single set of racquetball strings that will be the universal best, because there are too many different styles and types of players. Instead, it is best to identify your skill level and what qualities you aim to enhance through the selection of your racquetball strings. That said, there are still occasions when a market demand finds a manufacturer to meet the most needs.

In this case, we recommend the Python Sports Atlas Deluxe racquetball string primarily because pretty much everyone can not only use these strings regardless their style of play, all styles are also enhanced to one degree or another. With various sizes and a multifilament construction, the Python Sports Atlas Deluxe racquetball string’s polyurethane coating gives it a boost of power and stability all in one.

Of course, if you are not looking to spend quite so much money on a set of racquetball strings, you be more interested in the Ashaway Superkill XL racquetball strings. These racquetball strings feature a nylon composition with a multifilament construction and a textured exterior providing a great deal of additional touch. Their double braided design only increases the value of these racquetball strings by making them significantly more durable.

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