Most racquetball players get fixated on hitting the ball with more power. But in most cases, hitting the ball harder does not help win more matches.
In fact, forget completely about trying to hit every shot as hard as possible. Instead, diligently follow these three basic rules:
- The purpose of every shot is to maintain or gain the center court position.
- Never hit a shot any harder than is necessary to keep center court position.
- Hit every shot to keep your opponent as far away from center court as possible.
What are the ramifications of using these rules in a match? For one, you become focused entirely on controlling your center court position and not on winning points nor hitting the ball hard.
Second, you will concentrate on hitting the ball at a pace which keeps your opponent pinned against the back wall of the court (also see No Back Wall-Ever!). This also means hitting many more ceiling ball shots than kill shots!
Most importantly, you will learn to focus more of your attention during a rally on your opponent’s position than the ball.
Using these rules, you will be winning more rallies, which in turn will win you more games.