In racquetball your main goal is play in a manner which enables you to win the majority of the rallies. The following five strategies are all used simultaneously to help control and win your match.
- Maintain Center Court Position. It’s the position near or just behind the 5 ft line (dotted line). All mishits by your opponent will pass within a step or two from center court. Also, from this position you should be able to retrieve all passing shots.
- Hit to Your Opponent’s Weakness. Often this means hitting exclusively to your opponent’s backhand, or perhaps finding their weakness in returning ceiling balls. When serving, find the serve that your opponent has trouble returning!
- Hit Away From Your Opponent. Hit pinch shots and kill shots when your opponent is deep in the backcourt and you can hit the ball at knee level or lower. Hit passing shots and ceiling ball shots when your opponent is in front of you in center court. Hit to the right side if your opponent is to your left, and vice versa. Constantly keep your opponent on the run and make his shots more difficult to execute.
- Keep Your Opponent on the Back Wall. Hit down the line shots and ceiling balls deep into the back corners. This is the farthest back you can pin your opponent. Returns from 38 ft must travel a greater distance and are difficult to make without error.
- Keep the Ball from Rebounding off the Back Wall. If all of your drive serves, passing shots, and ceiling balls rebound off the back wall, then you are giving your opponent easy setup shots. If this is the case, then resolve to hit your shots with LESS speed and/or at a LOWER height. The lower you can hit your passing shots, the more likely they will bounce twice before reaching the back wall. So, whenever you can’t hit the ball at knee level, hit a ceiling ball instead.
Thanks to Larry Peterson for the basis for this tip.