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Racquetball Shot – The Pass Shot

Racquetball Shot – The Pass Shot

Racquetball Kill Shot

Which racquetball shot to use is a complicated choice requiring observation, quick thinking, and practice. While the kill shot is a great thing to do, it should be utilized more as you are closer to the front wall.  The kill shot is a lower percentage shot the further you are toward the back of the court.  You will score more points with passing shots and experience less skips.  Below I will tell you about, and you can see on the video, how to do 3 different passing shots.

Down The Line Pass Racquetball Shot

The down the line pass shot is a high percentage shot and one of the best scoring opportunities.  The shot is low enough to hopefully bounce twice before hitting the back wall.  It is not as low as a kill shot.  Use this shot when your opponent is positioned closer to the opposite wall or when their backhand (or forehand if weaker) is on this wall.

Cross Court Pass Racquetball Shot

The cross court pass shot is a high percentage shot and also is one of the best scoring opportunities.  The shot is low enough to bounce twice before hitting the back wall.  It will either die in the corner or bounce unpredictably out of the corner. The shot is not as low as a kill shot.  Use this shot when your opponent is positioned closer to the wall you are facing, or when their backhand (or forehand if weaker) is on the opposite wall.  The shot should be hit hard enough that your opponent is passed, must turn around, and must run to the back corner to get a chance at their shot. This shot will also deceive your opponent.  The shot appears headed for the back corner at first, but your opponent’s only real opportunity to return it will be on the other side of the court.

Wide Angle Pass Racquetball Shot

The down the line pass shot is a high percentage shot and the third of the best scoring opportunities.  The shot is low enough to hopefully bounce twice before hitting the back wall.  It is not not as low as a kill shot.  Use this shot when your opponent is positioned closer to the wall you are facing, or when their backhand (or forehand if weaker) is on the opposite wall.  The shot should be hit hard enough that your opponent is passed, must turn around, and must run toward the back opposite side wall to get a chance at their shot.

These 3 shots can be hit from both the forehand and backhand.  Keep an eye on your opponent and make your shot choice based upon that as well as where you are positioned.  Make your opponent work for their shot every time by having to turn around and run.

Watch the video below which shows in great detail and skill how to do these 3 shots.