Jun 292011

The purpose of your racquet swing is to send as much energy as possible into the ball. But if your swing is inefficient, you will lose power and consistency. So here are two important equations to remember:

More Efficient Swing = Less Effort
Less Effort = Better Consistency

There are five measurable components of a swing:

  1. Range
  2. Sequence
  3. Separation
  4. Speed
  5. Alignment

If your sequence of swing movement is correct, you can dramatically improve your power and consistency in ball striking. Your downswing should begin from the ground up and in the correct order.

  1. Leading leg steps directly towards the front wall
  2. Hip rotation
  3. Shoulder rotation
  4. Arm throwing motion
  5. Hand wrist action

This sequential action is also known as sequential summation of movement. Watch this video and see why Arnold Palmer had such an efficient, consistent, and powerful downswing.

Jun 242011

Arnold Palmer was able to generate tremendous club head speed by rapidly turning his hips on his downswing. He took full advantage of the natural speed multiplier inherent in every golfer and hit drives up to 346 yards with the old equipment.

Palmer rotated his hips a full 120 degrees prior to impact—a far cry from the puny 90 degrees golfers rotate their hips today. Rotating his hips so fast, through such a long range, produced effortless swing speed that earned him 92 victories, including four Masters.

The right arm action of a golf swing is practically identical to a racquetball swing.  So does this hip action apply to a racquetball swing?

In fact, this 120 degree hip action is the starting engine of your racquetball swing. If you want effortless speed in your swing, then first start your downswing with a step directly towards the front wall. Then, snap your hips like Arnie to achieve effortless power. The greater your range of hip turn, the more power you will be able to generate.

note – range is defined as how many degrees you can turn your hips and shoulders away from the ball.

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 pasing 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.

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