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  • Smash hit – Independent Tribune – Concord and Kannapolis
    Ryan Ingram is named Junior of the Year by the North Carolina State Racquetball Association

December 12th, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

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    Nice writeup on Sharon Jackson, up-and-coming women's racquetball player

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December 7th, 2007 by Geoff Thomsen

Equipment Review – 2007 Gearbox GB250

Gearbox GB250 Faceplate I’ve finally had a little time to take the Gearbox racquets down to the club for a little play / hit testing. I’ll go ahead and end the suspense – Gearbox has a great product that players will like. The Gearbox GB250 was the first racquet I’ve played with in the past few years where I could just pick it up, lace it on, and start hitting my shots.

Gearbox GB250 Racquetball Racquet – www.gearboxrb.com

Gearbox GB250

Gearbox GB250

At first glance, players will notice a few things that are unique to the GB250. The first is the raw graphite finish. The frame is dark gray in color, which is the bare graphite material used to construct the frame – to which the Gearbox decals are then applied. The second feature that jumps out is the design of the racquet frame. While most companies utilize a hollow tube with drilled holes for strings, the Gearbox GB250 has a hollow tube frame near the throat that transitions to a thin solid graphite piece at the top.

Gearbox GB250

The grip of the racquet is similar to E-Force frames – “round” in shape (not “flat” like Ektelon or Pro Kennex), and slightly “longer” than average. The slight increase in length is only slightly noticeable from a visual standpoint, but very apparent when holding the racquet. Coming from a Head / Ektelon background, this was definitely one thing that took a little getting used to on the court. I found that the most comfortable position was to choke up a little, with the butt of the grip extending slightly beyond the palm of my hand.

Gearbox GB250

While inspecting the string pattern, things were refreshingly “simple”. No rings, tubes, cores, ports, internal strings, etc. Just holes with grommets, utilizing a “standard” stringing pattern. There is absolutely ZERO vibration, which is something that is a person MUST if I’m going to be playing with a racquet long term. To achieve this, Gearbox uses a rubber sleave that covers the bottom-most cross string.
Gearbox GB250

The playability of the racquet is excellent. The even balance felt extremely natural, and was well suited to deep court power shots as well as front court “stabs” / touch shots. The light 170g frame weight made for some quick swings, and high power shots were had with far less than 100% effort behind the swing. Compared to racquets I’ve played with in the past, the sweet spot on the GB250 seemed to be a little more centered on the racquet rather than shifted toward the top of the frame. The solid design of the top of the frame seems to lend itself nicely to the durability factor.

Overall, I’d give this racquet two thumbs up. There is no doubt Gearbox will make an impact on the racquetball racquet market based on the quality and playability of their products.

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  • The Enquirer – Good sports – Wachtel Reaches Semis
    A nice local write-up of Kerri Wachtel's accomplishments at this year's US OPEN Racquetball Championships

December 26th, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen

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    IRT interviews Sudsy Monchik about his come-back to the pro racquetball tour

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