All sports ebb and flow as to popularity. At one time, indoor racquetball was the hottest racquet sport around and clubs were built just for that sport. Now pickleball is enjoying a surge in interest all over the country. New groups are coming into the game. People who used to play tennis or other sports are finding pickleball to be an interesting game to play even at ages when other sports are not realistic.
While the two sports are really quite different, there are similarities. Let's start with those.
Both sports are more easily played than tennis. The smaller scale in both the court and relatively smaller sized hitting instrument make both of these easier to learn and play than tennis. Quality of play is enhanced in both activities with good eye to hand coordination as is the ability to react quickly to the ball, although the racquetball can be hit to move much faster than the pickleball.
The courts for both are relatively similar in size. They are the same width and the pickleball court is only four feet longer than the other. Both can be played indoors or out. However, outdoor racquetball is relatively rare, and courts are very hard to find. (The rest of this article will not discuss outdoor racquetball.)