Jun 132011

Hitting a racquetball kill shot may give you a nice buzz, but if you want to win, then control center court position. And to control center court, you need to use down-the-line and wide-angle passing shots.

In a recent Jennifer Johnson article Are You Playing Racquetball or Just Hitting Shots? she looks at the difference between a “shooter” and a “control player”.

According to Rocky Carson,

“Most players put emphasis on killing the ball, but if you don’t understand how to play the game you could be shooting at the wrong time. As a pro or as a player, our job is to figure how to win, and there’s more to that than hitting the shots.”

To control center court, and thus, control the rally, always know your opponent’s location. Your main objective is to control center court. So most of your shots will be passing shots to keep your opponent on the back wall. This forces your opponent to take the lowest percentage shots from deep court.

One of Carson’s (priorities) is to control center court. What does it help him do? “It gives me more lanes and opportunity to hit winners. Keeps my opponent off balance rather than gives him the shots he wants. It forces him to hit winners.” In short, “If I’m there,  you’re not.

So work on your passing game and start to celebrate a winning wide-angle passing shot as much as a you would for a rollout.

Jun 092011

Your shot selection depends on two basic criteria, the location of your opponent, and, the position of the ball. This means that you must always be aware of the court location of your opponent at all times.

If the ball is above waist height, then your options are limited to hitting a defensive ceiling ball. But if you can strike the ball at knee height, then a wider range of shots are possible, depending on the location of your opponent.

In general, you want to hit to the open court area. But this can be difficult if your opponent has claimed the prime center court position. The highest percentage shot is to hit a passing shot either cross court or down the line. You do not want to hit a passing shot too high or hard such that it will rebound off  the back wall.

Other factors which may determine your shot selection include the speed of your opponent, your shot selection skills, and the current game score.

The safest shots to get your opponent out of center court are the cross court pass and the cross court ceiling ball.

Jun 072011

The correct center court position will enable you to cover the high percentage passing shots. Only get beat by the low percentage kill shot and NOT the passing shot.

  • The most advantageous center court position is located a foot behind the 5 foot receiving line.
  • Keep your racquet up in a ready position above waist level.
  • Never take your eye off the ball.