Racquetball Court Position

Racquetball Court Position

What is the Ideal Racquetball Court Position?

Racquetball court position is not one of the most intuitive strategies in racquetball.  During play, the ideal court position is centered and 2.5 feet behind the dashed line.  From this position you stand the greatest chance to cover all shots that are not kill shots.  Don’t worry about the kill shots.  If your opponent is going to kill the ball, there is little you can do about it.  Trying to cover the kill shot just opens up a world of other higher percentage shots your opponent can make.  Note that during the serve, the ideal racquetball court position is determined by facing the side wall and extending your racquet to the back wall.  You should be 1 arm’s length plus the length of the racquet from the back wall and centered in the court.

Do Not Block Opponent’s Shots

Naturally, you cannot be in that ideal racquetball court position if it is blocking your opponent’s shot.  That is an avoidable hinder and your opponent gets the point without even striking the ball.  Be as close to this ideal court position as you can without blocking your opponent’s shot.  If you have hit your previous shot well (ball doesn’t wind up near center of court), you can hold this ideal position.  If you can maintain control of this position, you will maintain control of the rally.

Watch Your Opponent Setup

Regardless of your racquetball court position, keep an eye on your opponent as they are setting up.  If you can determine where they are going before they hit their shot you increase your chances of getting into a position to make a strong return.  Facing the front wall wondering what your opponent is doing behind you will cut in 1/2 the time you have to react.  You can easily determine if your opponent is about to hit a ceiling shot or a more offensive shot.  With practice, you can even determine which direction your opponent is going to hit the ball based on their feet and body positioning.  You should always wear your eye protection, and look away (back to the front) as your opponent strikes the ball.  Wear eye protection even when practicing by yourself so that it feels more and more natural to have it on.

Watch this video of John Ellis, racquetball pro, as he gives a great demonstration of court positioning.

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