A racquetball forehand is really just a good throw of the racquet towards the front wall. The more elevation you can give your arm and elbow will determine how fast you can throw. Pay attention to the slow-motion throwing action of this champion stone skipper.
The key to controlling any rally in racquetball is to maintain the center court position. In this video, Ben Croft shows the correct position to hold on the court is about 1 foot behind the 5 foot encroachment line. If you try to move too far forwards to cover a pinch or kill shot, then you will get beat by an easier to achieve passing shot.
For more information on racquetball court positioning, take a look at the following posts:
If your racquetball gloves are getting stiff and no longer feel soft and flexible, then it is time to wash them.
Sweat salts and dirt will accumulate in the glove’s pores which can lead to cracking and stretching. You can partially restore your gloves by washing them with mild liquid soap and warm water.
Racquetball Glove Washing Instructions
- Wash your gloves by hand in warm water using mild liquid soap.
- Let them soak 10 to 20 minutes in soapy water.
- Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
- **Spread out and air dry gloves on a dry towel.
- During/after drying, refit the glove on your hand and reshape.
** If your glove has stretched, then dry it using a clothes dryer. This will definitely shrink your glove, so first test drying on one glove to determine the appropriate drying time.
The most current official racquetball rulebook (pdf file) can be downloaded from the teamusa.org website or from this link: Downloadable/Printable Rulebook-2013 Version (September 2013).
There are 4 new rule changes in this version:
1. In USAR-sanctioned events throughout the nation, all divisions (including the “Open” divisions) will play the two-serve game — except for the U.S. National Team Qualifying divisions at the U.S. National Doubles and the U.S. National Singles Championships. See Rules 3.1 and 5.
2. Players must wear shoes and cannot play in socks only or in bare feet. See Rule 2.5(b).
3. Electronic audio devices cannot be worn during play unless they are needed to amplify one’s hearing ability. See Rule 2.5(c).
4. Unintentional “carries” during the rally are allowed and are no longer called. See Rule 3.13(b).