2013 Asics Racquetball Shoes: It Keeps Getting Better

Asics has been a favorite brand of RbW customers for years now, and this year promises to be the best-to-date. These new shoes we’re about to show you are top performers on the court and head turners to boot. Oh, and what else? That’s right…they’re bringing out a MID. Check out the impressive new features of these Asics shoes arriving at our warehouse in June. To start, let’s take a look at the technology packed Gel Blast 5:


A new technology in the Asics line is the Flexion Fit Upper which, combined with their patented RhynoSkin, delivers a soft comfortable fit without sacrificing any support. This performance upper is combined with the substantial Trusstic System to give stiffness where it counts- in the heel and midfoot. Finally, the IGS: Impact Guidance System, which distributes impact loads to maintain stability, and the Wet Grip Outsole ensure that these shoes will always stay under you when you need them most. We love the look of these shoes and know you will love the feel when you try them on, so place your order today! *We did find them to fit a 1/2 size large so keep that in mind when you order.


Moving on (and this is the part we’re really excited about), in Asics’ great wisdom they have brought us a traditional racquetball shoe in a modern platform: The Gel Volleycross Revolution MT (Blue/Lime , White/Black). Yes, MT stands for Mid Top.


This extra ankle support has been harder and harder to find but it’s making a comeback. Not only do these hug your ankles tightly, but the midsole also provides more cushioning than any other Asics shoe. If you are looking for maximum cushioning and stability then your prayers have been answered. The agressive tread on these really sticks to the court, and with two bold cosmetics, any player should find an excuse to give these shoes a run for their money. *We did find them to fit a 1/2 size large so keep that in mind when you order.


As this is a sneak peek, we don’t have these in stock quite yet. We expect to be able to ship them to you by mid June, but get your orders in now as these are going to sell quickly. Also, be sure to check back soon since we have one more new Asics shoe to show you – we just enjoy keeping everyone on their toes.

That concludes our first 2013 Asics Shoe line sneak peek! For more information on any of these shoes, be sure to check out the website, or contact us anytime. We are always happy to help!

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The 2013 Wave of Mizuno Shoes

Prefer to watch over reading? Check out our Getting Technical Episode for 2013 Mizuno Shoes:

Mizuno was the fastest growing shoe brand at Racquetball Warehouse in 2012, and continues to gain traction in racquetball courts everywhere. For 2013, we first introduce the newest top-of-the-line Tornado 8:


With it’s bold cosmetic and aggressive Wave cushioning in the heel, the Mizuno Tornado 8 doesn’t go unnoticed. This version offers the same fit, stability, grip, and cushioning as the 7 with improved ventilation through increased mesh paneling in the upper. You get what you pay for with this one. For an in depth review, Watch our Playtest VideoLook for a White Version in late March ’13.


 Next up is the new speed shoe, the Lightning RX2 which comes in both White and Black. Mizuno introduces a seamless upper that allows for increased mesh paneling while simultaneously removing weight. This new version of the popular Lightning shoe provides ample cushioning and breathability in a light performance shoe.

 Next up, a sneak peak of Mizuno’s new shoes shipping in Late March ’13:


The Mizuno Wave Bolt 2 is the value offering in the line, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any short comings. With the Wave cushioning, supportive mesh upper, and deep grooves in the improved gum-rubber outsole, you can expect all around great performance.


Finally, the new Women’s Shoe from Mizuno – the Wave Rally 4. The previous Rally 2 was the best selling women’s shoe of 2012, and a great all around performer. The 4 incorporates a new Zig-zag Wave Technology to improve cushioning and further disperse shock as you plant and pivot on the court. Both breathable and supportive, this a great option for the female racquetball players out there.

That concludes the 2013 Mizuno Shoe line! For more information on any of these shoes, be sure to check out the website, or contact us anytime – we are always happy to help!

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Harrow’s Rebirth into Racquetball

Custom Pro Series

8 time World Champion, 4 time Gold Medalist for Team USA, and current #1 player on the Classic Professional Racquetball Tour, Woody Clouse has over 30 years of racquetball knowledge, both in design and tournament play.  In addition, Woody is the author of Winning Racquetball and a board member of the American and International Professional Racquetball Associations.  Woody has taken all of his knowledge and experience to help create the best, high-performance racquet line ever made.  With his guidance and direction Harrow has produced a line-up that is suitable for all levels of play. Young, old, male, female, beginner or aspiring pro they have you covered with more control compounded by more power! When you’re holding one of the Custom Pro Series racquets you are holding the most positive response racquets ever designed.


Connect 160, Sovereign 170, Spiritus 180

Harrow’s racquetball racquets, the best that’s ever been designed!

Harrow stayed committed to the idea that you can create the highest hybrid racquet by applying basic physics and insightful common sense. Harrow’s goal was to increase the feel and control of the frame while simultaneously increasing the power and decreasing vibration. They accomplished this lofty goal beyond their expectations! No gimmicks, no “new age technology” and no smoke and mirrors just sound intent reasoning. Here’s how they did it:

The Head: Harrow removed all of the excess from the head. Basic physics tells us that the current width of all standard size of racquets is too wide. By minimizing the width of the frame they increased the stability during impact. This also resulted in a larger sweet spot due to the frame maintaining its integrity through the impact zone.

The Stringing Pattern: Most other top of the line racquets have a much larger stringing pattern. Although this slightly aids in power it is not helpful because of the huge loss in control. Harrow added additional string to both the mains and the crosses. This tightened the pattern which resulted in greater control. Physics once again dictated that they address control in the head and the stringing pattern of the frame not power.

The Throat: Physics easily lead the way on the need to go to a longer throat. Just like your driver is the longest club in your golf bag and the sledgehammer has the longest handle, they needed to increase the throat to increase the leverage and power.

The Handle: Racquetball racquets have traditionally had two styles of grips. The first is a more round octagon shape for larger grips. The second is a more rectangular shape designed for smaller grips. Neither shape really contours to a person’s hand regardless of the size. Harrow’s grip is a combination of both shapes with two different sizes which locks into a person’s hand and provides the best feel and stability that has ever been created.

Frame Design: Maintaining the triangular shape throughout the head, which is the strongest shape known to man, secures the racquet’s durability. Harrow added additional strength by building the internal frame with a contour design that makes the frame the most reliable racquet ever made. To finalize the efforts of control, power and durability they constructed the entire frame as one solid frame. Most other racquets separate the handle from the head. This sacrifices the integrity of the frame, has more parts that can break down and is simply an inferior way to design a racquet.

Manufacturer: Harrow only uses one manufacturer opposed to the multiple manufacturers that other companies use. This gives a huge advantage in the area of quality control as well as consistency with each frame.

Combating Tendinitis

Combating Tendinitis

By Ben Croft

If you play racquetball then you’ve most likely play or have played racquetball with some form of arm pain. Problems as basic as soreness to injuries as serious as torn rotators or shoulder and elbow tendinitis are the part we hate of the game we love so much. In a perfect world our mechanics would be flawless so we wouldn’t run into arm problems. But the chances of that are about as slim as Kane losing in straight games in the first round of a satellite event. I’ve been very fortunate not to deal with many arm problems throughout my career and have learned a few small and easy changes can make a big difference on your body without having to give the game up.

Shock and vibration are direct causes of one of racquetball’s most common ailments, shoulder and elbow tendinitis. To avoid pain-causing inflammation or irritation, it’s necessary to do everything you can to let your equipment absorb the shock and minimize the amount of repetitive impact your body absorbs. The first and easiest way to do this is to use a vibration dampener in your racquet. This is the most basic but still useful way to absorb shock. Dampeners are small, inexpensive, and easy to install. Even if you don’t have arm pain it’s a good idea to use a dampener to prevent any future problems that might be coming to nag you!

Another way to combat tendinitis would be to switch to a heavier racquet with a bigger grip size. A heavier racquet simply has more mass, which absorbs more shock. Its mass also allows you to generate more force without your body (swing) having to do the work. A lot of people think the opposite, that a heavier racquet causes more arm problems. But the mass is working for you, not against you.

A less common but very useful remedy for elbow and shoulder tendonitis is to use a softer string at a lower tension. Using a multifilament string reduces the vibration on your body because softer strings vibrate at a lower frequency, causing less to travel through your racquet into your arm. Stringing your racquet at a lower tension will also be very helpful. The elasticity of the string will absorb the shock, which cuts out the vibration through the frame. If you combine stringing at a lower tension with softer string in a heavier racquet, it can do wonders for your tendinitis!

Lastly, and arguably the most important ways to fight your elbow issues is to use an elbow band, a topical pain reliever, and icing after you play! Using an elbow band will not only lessen the stress your elbow endures, but it will increase your playing comfort by supporting your ligaments and muscles.

Keeping your body healthy is the key to long lasting enjoyment of racquetball. We all know how obnoxious nagging injuries can be, that’s why we need to do everything we can to stay healthy and play as long as possible. Spending the extra few bucks or minutes to take care of your body might be the difference between you enjoying the game or dreading the next big swing you take! With the combination of good mechanics, playing with the right equipment, icing, and a little bit of luck you increase your chances of a lifetime full of pain-free (or significantly less pain) racquetball! I hope these few veteran tricks play a big role in improving the your aches, pains, and nags!

We’re always here to help. If you have any questions for us, email in at info@racquetballwarehouse.com!

Below are some ideas of products that can help you beat your worst opponent, tendinitis!

Dampeners: http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/RacquetballDampeners.html

Wrap (Leather) Grips: http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/RacquetballGrips.html

Multifilament Strings:





Topical: http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=CGELT

Elbow Bands: http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/rwsearch.html?search=products&cref=86&searchtext=elbow

Is Your Most Important Piece of Equipment Underfoot?

What’s the most important piece of equipment you need to compete? A lot of us may say our racquet, glove, string, or even grip. I rarely hear shoes as an answer and it baffles me. Having a high performance shoe can not only benefit your game, but benefit the way you feel, too. That’s why we’re offering the chance to win a pair with the latest styling and technology. Click for more information and how to enter.

Ever since I can remember I have been most picky about the shoes I play with. Having a shoe that is comfortable, stable, properly fitted, and that caters to your style of play is no less important than choosing the right racquet or any other piece of equipment. From my past personal experience and from talking with others, a lot of racquetball players will settle on shoes that may not be the best option for them.The first thing I look for in a shoe is fit. If it doesn’t fit well it doesn’t matter what incredible technologies the shoe may have. It is often easy to make compromises to look good, but save that for off the court. I’ve done it, and I’m sure we’re all guilty of it! When I am looking at shoes I will look for a shoe that is narrow with a medium arch. If the shoe doesn’t offer either of those I pretty much know that it’s not going to offer what I need.

My second consideration is the technologies that are built into the shoe. There are a number of technologies designed specifically for competing on an indoor court surface. A few notable ones are: Mizuno’s Wave Technology providing superior stability and cushioning, Hi-Tec’s 4:SYS Midsole Technology that distributes impact to increase stability and support using seven different densities of foam, and Asics’ WET GRIP technology designed to increase traction on wet or dirty surfaces. These are only a few of the newer technologies introduced – for a full list check out the Racquetball Warehouse Learning Center. Technologies can have a significant impact on the performance of a shoe, especially in a fast-paced sport like racquetball.

The third and least critical aspect of my shoe-choosing process is cosmetics. Let’s be honest though, this is an important part to most if not all of us. We have seen a lot of wild colors and styles around sports in recent years so we do our best to offer a mix of traditional looks and colors as well as more modern styling. So what should you take from all of this? Take time to seriously consider the best shoe for you and remember – we have FREE Return Shipping if you make the wrong choice the first time.

If you have any questions about any of our products please feel free contact us any time at 1.800.824.1101, info@racquetballwarehouse.com, or facebook.com/racquetballwarehouse.

Nike Multicourt 10 Review


Racquetball Warehouse Shoe Playtest Form

Test Shoe: Nike Multicourt 10

Name: Ben Croft

What type of foot do you have?     Arch: (Low     Medium High)     Width: (Narrow Medium     Wide)

How many hours did you playtest the shoes? 30 hours

Did these shoes require any break-in period? Yes If so, how long? 2-3 hours

Scale – 1: Horrible 2: Poor 3: Average 4: Good 5: Tremendous

Comfort: 1  2  3  4 5

Comments: I was pleased with the level of comfort offered by the Nike Multicourt 10’s. Although they’re not as soft as the previous generation of the Multicourt, I was still very comfortable in this shoe. After playing with them for about an hour, I gave up on the thin insole that came in the shoe and replaced with it with the Spencho Arch Support Insoles, which I use in most of my everyday and playing shoes.  After adding the insole with a softer cushion, I was much more comfortable. Being a big fan of low shoes, the height, lightweight, and snug fit were all added benefits. I gave the Multicourt a 4 out of 5 in comfort.

Arch Support: 1  2  3  4 5

Comments: I have a medium arch, and the Multicourt 10’s naturally to my foot. Although personally I found it to be more comfortable once I put in the aftermarket insole, the original insole began to contour to the shape of my foot after roughly an hour.  I felt a very natural and tight fit to my arch and was pleased with how quickly the shoe began to fit to my foot’s natural shape. I rated these shoes a 4 out of 5 in arch support.

Foot Support/Stability: 1  2  3 4 5

Comments: Keeping in mind this is a low shoe; I knew not to expect the support that I would get from a higher shoe. That being said, I got exactly what I expected from them, which was good support. I have not had any ankle problems in roughly ten years, so I like the maneuverability of the shoe along with the support it offered. Even while planting my feet for a dive, or pushing off laterally to retrieve a pass I felt very stable. Again, the MC10 scored a 4 out of 5.

Traction: 1  2  3  4  5

Comments: Along with most gum rubber court shoes, the traction was superb for the Multicourt 10. As a player who makes very aggressive cuts and changes of direction, I was happy getting as much traction as I did from them. Nike’s soft gum rubber seems to grip the floor equally if not better than its indoor court shoe competitors.  Nike’s shallow tread is one thing that concerned me about the traction after a few months of use, but I have yet to have a problem with it after a few weeks of play.

Looks: 1  2  3  4  5

Comments: Cosmetically these shoes are just what I look for. As far as my taste in shoes, a company cannot go wrong with white and simple. They are a classy mix between white and silver with the classic black Nike “swoosh.” The gum rubber sole is not my favorite look, but it offers the most traction so I’ll gladly deal with it. The Multicourt 10 scored a perfect 5 out of 5 in the looks category.

What did you like about these shoes? I am a big fan of low shoes. I feel my performance peaks when I wear low shoes compared to shoes with more ankle support. Not only are they pleasing to my eye, the traction was great; they were lightweight, maneuverable, and stable. They fit my narrow foot with medium arch very well, and continued provide me with comfort, stability, and traction through the entire playtest. They fit, feel, and play very similar to their older sibling, the Nike Multicourt 9.

What did you dislike about these shoes? One thing that stood out that I was a little disappointed with was the lack of a comfortable insole. For me it was too thin and did not provide enough cushion until I replaced them. Also, the durability lacks a little compared to Nike’s competitors shoes. Although for a $55 shoe it continued to perform through a vigorous playtest. Albeit better than last year’s Multicourt 9, it began to show signs of wear and tear in the toe area in the later stages of my playtest.

Additional Comments: Being the newer version of one of my favorite racquetball shoes, I had high expectations of the Nike Multicourt 10 to perform extremely well. Once again, I was very pleased with the outcome of my playtest review. If you are looking for a sleek and lightweight shoe at a competitive price I would recommend trying the Nike Multicourt 10.

Overall Rating: 4.4

New Beginnings

As many of you may know in August of this year I accepted an incredible opportunity to work full time as Business Manager for Racquetball Warehouse. I moved to San Luis Obispo, California this past August, and between moving in and starting work, I was ready for this new chapter in my life. Needless to say, my training regimen has taken a backseat and I haven’t been able to do as much on and off court training as I have in the past.

My journey to the first pro stop in Overland Park, Kansas wasn’t ideal. After a seventeen hour traveling debacle, and a 2 a.m. arrival I had finally made it to my hotel room. My first match was scheduled at 1:30 p.m. against Alejandro Herrera, who is always a tough competitor. Being a morning person, I like to have the earliest match possible, so 1:30 wouldn’t be my first choice. But, coming from California, my body’s clock is telling me it’s only 11:30 a.m.

I get to the club about forty-five minutes before I play. That’s my perfect amount of time to prepare mentally and physically. Too much time and I get distracted and too little time and I obviously cannot properly prepare. That day I was extra nervous. There were so many thoughts running through my head. I had doubts of winning, fear of losing, and thoughts about whether or not I could’ve done more to prepare. But one thing I’ve always believed is if you’re not nervous, you’re not ready. I forced myself to push those thoughts aside and focus on the task at hand, advancing through the round of 16’s and into the quarterfinals. As we began playing, it didn’t take long for the butterflies to subside and for me to feel comfortable back in battle! Although noticeably rusty, it felt like any other match on tour. After about an hour, I was able to pull off a four-game win. 6,9,(11),4.

After the round of 16’s now begins my ritual of hydrating, eating, and sleeping. I rarely hang around the club after my first match. I head straight back from the club to get lunch to go then right back to my room. I’ve always been a believer in routine, and I stick to it religiously. Although I’d much rather be around the club to socialize, winning is my main objective.

My next match was at 7:30 p.m. against the number six ranked pro Jose Rojas and I was really motivated to win. Obviously Jose is a top player for a reason, and he is in the prime of his career. I stick to my same routine; I show up around 6:45 p.m. and start to prepare for my match. This time, you never know when you’ll play. With two tough quarterfinal matches in front of me, I go on with the assumption my match will be late. I’m forced to watch the match to see the progress. We try to avoid warming up and cooling down multiple times. The anticipation at this point is brutal! After two rollercoaster games that I was able to pull off, I lost the next game but pulled off the win in four games. 9,9,(7),2. After a long and hard fought match it’s time for a quick late night snack, water, and a good night’s rest. 

Saturday’s are always tough for me. Having made the semifinals numerous times, I’ve only been fortunate enough to advance into the finals once.  I try to prepare as much as I can mentally and physically. But this time, I could feel it wasn’t my day. My body wasn’t in good shape, and I was tired from the late night Friday match. All racquetball players have felt like this before. Knowing that no matter what you do to prepare won’t be enough to win is a helpless feeling. All I could do was go out there and play as hard as I can for as long as I can. Needless to say, there isn’t much to write about my semifinal match against Rocky Carson. It was a lopsided loss for me, and not the outcome I would’ve hoped for. Even when I lose I like to feel like I’ve given it my all, like my opponent knows he had to play his best and work his hardest to beat me. Unfortunately, that Saturday wasn’t my day.

Overall the Novasors Kansas City Pro-Am was an encouraging tournament. Given the circumstances, I walked away with my head held high. For the first time, I went into a tournament with a new perspective. As I continue to work full time and work on my game, I will have to figure out a way to continue to elevate my game with less time. I’m looking forward to the challenge of finding new ways to improve. With the US Open rapidly approaching, I better get off the computer and back to the courts!

A New Perspective: My Introduction into Racquetball Warehouse


For anyone who plays or has played racquetball, you know, or can at least appreciate, how great of a sport it is.  When the number one player is hitting serves topping out at 193 mph, it’s definitely the fastest of the racquet sports out there.  There’s nothing better than being able to get on a court and blow off some steam from the work week by hitting a little rubber ball as hard as you can.  Between kill shots, splats, ceiling shots, and all the different angles in a modest 40×20 box, your brain is formulating angles and strategy at a speed that puts Superman to shame.  You have to develop the hand-eye coordination to be able to hit balls coming at you from the front wall, as well as having the timing down to hit balls traveling away from you off the back wall, while aiming at a spot just inches above the floor.  Racquetball is also one of the best sports to play for fitness as it gives your body both an aerobic and anaerobic work out – utilizing different fuel sources.  It also has the potential to get your heart-rate up to 85% of its capabilities, burning calories at a relatively astounding rate.  So when you really break it down, racquetball is one of the best sports for your mind, body, and soul; so why does it seem to have the popularity of the Math Club in high school?

There’s a multitude of theories for why racquetball is off the grid.  For one, it’s not easy televising a sport where half the time the ball is traveling so fast you can’t see its path, let alone appreciate what’s going on inside the court; the cost of prime-time television spots doesn’t help either.  Also (and maybe more importantly) its exclusivity, which is a big barrier for many, as most courts tend to reside in members-only sport clubs.  Of course, there’s also the equipment, though there are many cheap options available, equipment can get to be a little pricey.

Now, I feel, is an appropriate time to come clean and confess; I was not born into the world of racquetball – my loyalties rested with its pretty, proper, country-club older brother, tennis.  I resisted against racquetball tooth and nail with the fear that my skills as a tennis player would become muddled with the different techniques and virtually opposite strokes of racquetball.  However after being introduced, playing in tournaments, and harnessing my competitive nature, a new respect for the sport has put down roots, and I feel will soon grow into a love for racquetball.  Being thrown into the racquetball crowd and culture was a bit of a shock, and I have to confess to the nerves I experienced when one starts something completely new.  As my athleticism now starts to translate to this new game I feel a strong urge to make waves in this sport.  My newly founded enthusiasm is one that my predecessors and current co-workers here at Racquetball Warehouse have possessed and have been trying to spread since even before the company’s inception in 2004.

This drive and desire to grow the sport is fueled by an uncorrupted passion, an almost naivety of a sheltered child in a new world.  Working for Racquetball Warehouse gives myself and the rest of the staff here a unique opportunity to reach out and help to make others see all the benefits, and most importantly, the fun this sport provides.  Everyone I’ve met through tournaments and in the clubs have shown how much the love for this sport can blur lines between age, race, and gender and promote friendly competition while keeping yourself healthy and active.  Now that we’re in a time in American history where approximately 3/4’s of our nation’s states have obesity rates of 25% or higher, I think it’s time that everyone picked up a racquet and joined our seemingly underground movement of battling in a sweat box.  It’s our mission at Racquetball Warehouse as racquetball players and fans, to help grow the sport for the benefit of the sport itself, as well as the well-being and health of people all over the world; our goals and desires go beyond the world of business.  Yes, we offer the best customer service in the business and guarantee the lowest prices, but we also put ourselves out there as individuals and are constantly brainstorming and strategizing as to how we can motivate as many people as possible to enjoy all the fruits that this fast, fun, and slightly dangerous sport, has to offer.

-Jackson, RBW.

Racquetball Warehouse Hires Ben Croft

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA– Racquetball Warehouse, official retailer of USA Racquetball and the International Racquetball Tour, has announced the hiring of top ranked professional player, Ben Croft. Croft will join the team as Business Manager with additional responsibilities as a buyer and content provider.

During his transition from the court to the office, Croft will continue to play on the pro tour, attending most major events and tournaments. “We are extremely excited to bring Ben’s talent, passion and invaluable insight to Racquetball Warehouse. We are equally eager for him to continue his reign on the court in support of his career, the IRT and the many fans who love to watch him play,” said Racquetball Warehouse Operations Manager, Ben LoBue.

With the season fast approaching, HEAD Penn and Racquetball Warehouse will join forces in a unique partnership to support Croft during the 2011-12 season. Ben Simons, HEAD Penn’s Senior Business Manager for Racquetball, expressed accolades for Croft. “Ben is an intelligent young man with a true passion for the sport of racquetball. I am confident that he will excel in his new role with Racquetball Warehouse. HEAD Penn remains committed to supporting his efforts on the court and appreciates the opportunity to co-sponsor his activities with Racquetball Warehouse for the coming season.”

Ben Croft, who has already made the move to California, begins his new responsibilities at Racquetball Warehouse on August 22, 2011.


Racquetball Warehouse was started in 2003 as a sister company to online market leader Tennis Warehouse. Since then it has come to the forefront of specialty racquetball retailers with a focus on customer service and product information. Racquetball Warehouse is an official partner of USAR, IRT and WOR. To learn more about Racquetball Warehouse, visit: http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/.

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