Mar 202014

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
  1. Wash your gloves by hand in warm water using mild liquid soap.
  2. Let them soak 10 to 20 minutes in soapy water.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  4. **Spread out and air dry gloves on a dry towel.
  5. 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.

Mar 082014

The most current official racquetball rulebook (pdf file) can be downloaded from the 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).

Feb 262014

Many racquetball games are won or lost by a slim margin of one or two points. So it is crucial to believe that you can retrieve every one of your opponent’s shots.

This means that you will never give up on a shot during a rally. Also, after every shot you take, you will try your best to get back to center court. Do not make an unforced error by giving up too early on a shot.

In addition, you must assume that your opponent is capable of returning every possible shot. Do not underestimate the speed of your opponent. Often a player will hit a ‘winner’ only to be caught flat-footed after their opponent returns their shot.

Perfection in racquetball is unattainable, for you, or for your opponent. So be ready to go after everything!

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Feb 152014

In a recent interview for Life Time Racquetball, six-time world champion Cliff Swain passed along some great racquetball tips.

If you could offer only one tip to a new racquetball player, what would it be?
Get quality instruction right away. It will make you enjoy the game much more and you’ll get the very best out of yourself.

What advice would you give to up-and-coming junior players?
Watch the pros play as much as possible. Find out who has the best serve, forehand, backhand, etc., and try to mimic those qualities while still keeping your own style.

It is so important to learn the basics from a qualified teacher. Advanced players can also benefit from private coaching by working on improving their game tactics.

What is your favorite shot?
The ace serve! One shot, one point and very demoralizing.

Your first serve is a weapon. In racquetball, the player with the best server usually wins!

What is the best racquetball advice you have ever received?
Play every point like it’s the first and last point. It’s very difficult to do but it’s a skill within every person’s reach.

The top racquetball players win their close matches by playing every point at 100% intensity. This means never giving up after hitting a loose shot, running down every passing shot, and always recovering to center court.