Dec 292012

Ben Croft describes how to hit a powerful 1-1/2 step drive serve.

  • Notice how he drives his front leg straight down the court.
  • He stays down throughout the hitting zone and hits the ball about 8-10″ off the floor.
  • His target on the front wall changes according to his position in the service box.

Dec 152012

Most players feel that they miss easy set-up shots because they have some glitch or technical problem with their swing. But usually, the root problem when approaching the ball is inadequate footwork and movement.

Without proper footwork, it is nearly impossible to move into the proper place to hit the ball squarely. The ball never stops moving, nor should the player’s feet.

It is not necessary to make huge strides or sprint to the ball. Instead, take small micro shuffles that keep your body aligned with the current position of the ball.

One of the best methods to improve your footwork is to begin a regime of skipping rope exercises.

To learn more about how to properly jump rope, see the Jump Rope Manifesto.

Here are some jump rope technique guidelines from the Jump Rope Manifesto:

  • Jump on the balls of your feet
  • Keep your knees slightly bent
  • Keep your jumps to 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the ground
  • Keep your elbows close to your sides
  • Use your wrists to turn the rope, not your arms (very common mistake)
  • Keep your head straight and looking forward
  • Keep your upper body relaxed, not tense
  • Focus on keeping your shoulder blades retracted
  • Control your breathing
Dec 072012

If you start making a habit of any of the following tips, your racquetball game is guaranteed to improve!

10. Warm-up for 10 minutes before every match by hitting the most common shots such as down-the-line passing shots and ceiling balls.

9. Hit down the line (DTL) passing shots as often as possible from center court position.

8. During your forehand stroke, your racquet position should move from ear to ear to ensure a complete follow-through (pretend you are throwing your racquet at the front wall).

7. Do not run directly at the ball. Keep to the side of the ball and at the distance of your swing circle.

6. Ensure you are using the proper forehand and backhand grips.

5. Establish and aim for a target on the front wall to increase consistency on every serve.

4. Play a ceiling ball if you are hitting a shot within 5 feet of the back wall.

3. Watch the ball at all times. This means watching your opponent hitting the ball.

2. Always move to center court position.

1. Get your racquet up and ready as early as possible (ERP)

The No. 1 most important racquetball tip is Early Racquet Preparation.  You need to get your racquet up to at least shoulder height as soon as you start moving for the ball.

These individual tips are more than just suggestions on how to play racquetball. Their effects are both cumulative and synergistic. For example, if you get in the habit of getting your racquet ready early, then it will be easier to hit those down the line shots or ceiling balls from the back court.

So incorporate these tips into your game and see immediate results.