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.

Oct 292014
 

Kane has the best drive serve on the pro tour.

He is also known for his elaborate pre-serve routine in the front court and service box which he performs before every drive serve.

What is the purpose of this routine? Do athletes in other sports have pre-action routines?

Well, the answer is overwhelmingly yes! I can immediately think of pro golfers who go through a pre-shot routine. And pro basketball players also do a pre-shot routine before shooting a free throw.

So what are the benefits of a pre-serve routine?

A routine keeps your mind calm, occupied and focused. It is especially important to remain focused when you are under pressure. The pre-serve routine keeps your attention on the present moment. It gives you time to relax, breathe, and then get ready to commit 100% to your next serve.

Your repeatable routine can be as simple as bouncing the ball 4 times or taking a deep breath, but it should happen every time you step into the service box.

Oct 162014
 

Whenever you have a shot which you can hit at knee level or below, AND, you opponent is behind you, then you should hit a pinch shot. In this video, Ben Croft shows how he drills his pinch shots.

Oct 162014
 

This series of racquetball instructional videos by Malia Bailey teaches the basics needed to get started playing racquetball.