Weight: 165g (unstrung)
Factory String: Ektelon Premier Power 17g
Strung Surface 106 sq in
Factory Grip: Ektelon Vision II
Frame Shape: Teardrop
About 18 years ago the first 22 inch racquetball racquet was introduced (previously 21 inches) and it was a revolutionary change in terms of the ability to reach and grab balls you never had before but more importantly it gave the player the MOST POWER in the history of the game. Were proud to introduce the first 22 ½ inch and 23 inch racquet series into racquetball called the Longbody 165 (22 ½ inch) and Longbody 175 (23 inch). Using Ektelons successful teardrop shape of the RG Toron which is our current #1 selling racquet and adding the extra length of this racquet it is the hardest hitting Ektelon racquet we have ever had in our hands. The Longbody racquets also contain 3 already successful technologies including Textreme, EXO3 and ESP.
Due to the extra length of these racquets the only racquet cover that fits the Longbody Racquets properly is the Racquetworld Cover.
At this time Longbody Racquets are not sanctioned for tournament play due to the extra length but if you are a non tournament player like most of the racquetball world pick one up and enjoy the extra power!
If you're unsure about your model or weight...try our DEMO Program.
A racquet cover IS NOT provided by the manufacturer with this racquet. You have the option to add a cover for $10 if you would like.
RacquetWorld General Notes
RacquetWorld recommends changing the grip to a Python (Our favorite), which will be $11.00 installed, for the added traction to prevent slippage. The Racquetworld Grommet Tape upgrade ($1) can save you $$ in the long run as sometimes strings break from the grommet being worn down.For those who don't know what the grommet is, it's the plastic piece at the top of the racquet that the strings go through.When you hit the wall and floor this gets worn down.
The Python Atlas string upgrade is recommended because factory string is less playable/durable than the Python Atlas string we suggest. At the time of purchase, the Python Atlas restring upgrade is $22.00. It's normally $36 if you mailed the racquet to us later so you save $14 if you choose the upgrade right away. Another string we highly recommend is the Python Atlas Deluxe restring upgrade ($25.00), and its a little softer than the original Atlas for those players that prefer a softer string with incredible playability/durability.
If you choose a vibration dampener go with the Python Vibration Dampner (Our favorite), Head Megasorb, Gamma Worm or the BBB (Big Bad Band).
The wristlacer black is the default wrist tether that comes on your racquet at no charge.If you want to change colors, a small fee of $2.95 will be added for switching.
A question we get everyday is "What is Grommet Tape?"It's a piece of tape that goes over the head (bumper) of your racquet. Sometimes you need a restring because of a broken bumper.For an extra buck to add this, it could save you $25-40!!
We get follow up calls/emails everyday thanking us for the upgrades as they really help bring out the performance of the racquet.
Racquet Covers - Choose one for $10 (RacquetWorld Cover is Only $8.00)
A full racquet cover is NOT provided by the manufacturer with this racquet. You have the option of adding a full cover for $8-10 if you would like. If you want the best cover on the market buy the Racquetworld Cover. It is oversized, has a full outside pocket, a handle strap and a large shoulder strap as well as a ventilated pocket to let your grip breathe and best of all its $2 less than the others because we want to help you by supporting our company! The charge will only be $8.00 when added to the cart for this choice instead of $10.00 like the other covers.
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Exclusive RacquetWorld Racquet Ratings
Ratings and comparisons for all racquets can be found in RacquetWolrd Exclusive Racquet Ratings
Racquetworld's Durability Rating: 93.00
Racquetworld's Power Rating: Age 24- 97.00 Age 35 96.00 Age 45+ 95.00
Racquetworld's Control Rating #1 (Front Court): 97.50
Control 1 (Front Court) represents how the racquet handles upfront in the court. We are basically looking at how certain components stacked together to produce good (or bad) racquet maneuverability. To figure this out we look at the weight, balance point, and shape of the frame. We throw all this info into Pat's brain along with a couple hours of hit testing and out pops the rating. This value is useful especially for doubles players who find themselves covering the upfront court a lot. It is also good to know if you are a good server and find yourself quickly putting away returns off your serve without leaving front middle court.
Racquetworld's Control Rating #2 (Back Court): 96.00
Control 2 (Back Court) represents the traditional control rating when taking a full shot from mid to back court. Our goal with control is to redirect the Force of the ball. We again focus on weight, balance point, shape, string pattern and tension, frame stiffness and on court experience.
Racquetworld's Overall Rating: Age 24- 96.50 Age 35 96.00 Age 45+ 95.50
Technology - Manufacturers Features:
RacquetWorld Ektelon Racquetball Racquet Technology Section - Ektelon Technology Section
- Longbody - New for 2015 - 2016
Longbody - New for 2015/2016
New for 2015, up until now the maximum length of a racquetball racquet has been 22in. With the introduction of Ektelon's Longbody Technology the racquets has been increased in length by .5" or 1" depending on the frame. Longbody Technology significantly improves a players ability to reach shots that were once unreachable and delivers more power than ever before.
TeXtreme - New for 2014/2015
An advanced carbon fiber spread tow fabric. Designed to be thinner, lighter and more durable than traditional woven fibers, TeXtreme provides a unique and highly beneficial set of mechanical advantages.
Textreme has been added to four key areas of every frame providing superior torsional stability for increased power and accuracy along with extra durability for the serious racquetball player. By allowing the frames to bend WITHOUT twisting, Ektelon is able to deliver the perfect combination of power and control without increasing the overall weight.
Extreme String Pattern (ESP)
Extreme String Pattern (ESP) - Unique string bed designs push the envelope on string pattern technology. Less main strings create greater power and more main strings improve the string bed durability and allows for a thinner gauge sting to be used. The ESP Toron has the the fewest main strings of any Racquetball Racquet at 12, for explosive power.
The Longbody 165 & 175 use a modified version of EXO3 Technology that doesn't use an Energy Channel or Energy Bridge Inserts, it is more like speedport holes without the plugs.