Feb 252015

In racquetball, the server has a huge advantage over the receiver. The server can hit the ball from a fixed position into a very large area of the court. The server also has the advantage of being in the front of the court and can take advantage of any weak returns.

The serve receiver must try to retake the center court position by forcing the opponent into the back court. This can be accomplished by hitting ceiling balls or passing shots.

To return serve, Cliff Swain recommends to

  1. Take a position in center court which is an arms length and a racquet from the back wall.
  2. Get into a ready athletic stance on the balls of your feet.
  3. Hold the racquet with a backhand grip.
  4. Move with two steps to reach either side wall.

Feb 062015

In this video, Cliff Swain demonstrates his classic 2-step drive serve technique. His 3 key points to a good racquetball drive serve are

  1. Get low, and stay low throughout the serve
  2. Drop the ball, don’t bounce it
  3. Step in the direction of your target

Jan 142015

As a last resort to get to a ball and keep it in play, you can dive for it. Even if you are able to make a successful dive, you still have very low odds of winning the rally. However, successful dives will pressure your opponent into trying more difficult shots, leading to mistakes or skip shots.

Diving takes lots of practice and is very hard on your body, so if you intend to dive, get a pair of kneepads! In the following video, Ben Croft demonstrates the correct way to dive.

Dec 152014

The goal of the lob serve is to prevent your opponent from having an easy offensive shot. The lob serve allows the server time to relocate to center court. A good lob serve will pin your opponent in a back corner and force them to hit a ceiling ball or make a weak return.

In this video, Ben Croft explains the basics of hitting an effective lob serve. He suggests that by keeping a wide athletic stance with knees bent and a firm wrist, you will be able to maintain better control when hitting the lob serve. It is also helpful to have a short back-swing combined with a complete follow through.