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Racquetball Basic Strategy

Racquetball Basic Strategy

Step 1.) Getting Into Ready Position

Racquetball basic strategy begins with getting into ready position. You are on your toes facing the front wall with your racquet in the center of, and perpendicular to your body. You are watching your opponent’s movements and anticipating where they intend to go. If you are preparing to return serve, the proper position is about 4-5 feet off the back wall in the center of the court. If you are in a rally, the ideal position is 2 and 1/2 feet behind the safety (dotted) line, in the center of the court.  You are “on your toes” for maximum takeoff speed. Keep the racquet in the center of your body for moving it more quickly to the forehand or backhand. Watch your opponent for any clues on the direction of the ball. To help determine the direction, watch where they drop the ball during the serve.  If they drop it in front of their front foot, they are probably going across the court.  If they drop it behind their front foot, they will be going down that same side of the court. During the middle of a volley, you can usually tell if your opponent is winding up for a kill/pass or leaning back for a ceiling shot. Never make the mistake of just facing the front wall, and not knowing what your opponent is up to or where they are.

Step 2.) Getting Into Hitting Zone Position

You can tell if it is coming to your backhand or forehand as soon as your opponent hits the ball (if not before). Move toward the anticipated hitting zone while positioning your racquet to the forehand/backhand side. Use your opposite hand to rotate the racquet for forehand/backhand if necessary. You’ll want your hands close together for the next step anyway.  Everything you can do to get ready before the ball gets into your hitting zone will give you a more accurate and more powerful shot. It will also give you more time to adjust for any strange bounces.

 Step 3.) Racquet Preparation

You are in position facing the side wall as the ball approaches your hitting zone. Lift the racquet with both hands together, and cock your wrist. Imagine swinging a baseball bat, but with hands “close” rather than both on the grip itself. Do not wait until the ball is upon you to get your racquet into position.  “Facing the Side Wall” and “Hands Together” helps you to swing from your “core” rather than just an arm swing. This results in more power, better accuracy, and less shoulder injuries. “Hands Together” makes sure that you are rotating your shoulders for a complete swing and also your opposite arm will help provide momentum (power!).

 Step 4.) The Swing

Leading with your elbow (forehand swing), swing level, and mercilessly pass or hit a demoralizing roll out!  “Leading with your elbow” provides an automatic wrist snap. Also, you can get more velocity on the racquet since the tip is a little closer to your body. Imagine ice-skators. When they are spinning, they pull their arms in for faster rotation, and extend their arms to slow down.