Jan 142011
 

When hitting a racquetball, it is more efficient to use your biggest muscles. This means rotating your hips, upper torso and shoulders, with your arm going along for a ride.

The racquetball backhand starts by turning your back on the target (front wall) with your arm bent at 90 degrees. Then you simply uncoil your upper body. Your arm remains relaxed and will fly out to an extended position at the point of contact with the ball. You should feel like your motion is accelerating during the entire swing. Completely follow through with your arm until you are completely facing the front wall. A successful backhand stroke is flat and level.

Maintain your athletic position during the entire swing and follow-through. Do not stand up straight at any point during your swing!

Jan 142011
 

John Ellis is a very enthusiastic racquetball coach and we will be seeing many of his videos reposted here.

Key points in a mechanically correct swing include:

  • Square up to front wall
  • Shoulder width stance for balance
  • Early racquet preparation – racquet up at ear level
  • Drive front leg towards target
  • Rotate hips, shoulder, and arm
  • Contact ball with a flat impact with no spin
  • Follow through with shoulder facing the front wall at finish
Jan 142011
 

In this video, Malia Bailey provides an excellent guide to the forehand and backhand grips and stroke techniques.

In general, remember that the wind-up and turn of the hips and shoulders is the main source energy in your forehand or backhand racquetball strokes.

Also, aim for a smooth, relaxed stroke. You don’t want any tension in your upper body. Allow your stroke to accelerate after you hit the ball, and then follow-through completely until you are facing the front wall. Fluid strokes are more efficient and won’t tire you out during a match.

Jan 142011
 

With a correct grip, your racquet becomes an extension of your arm. A proper grip aligns your racquet parallel to the front wall at impact with the ball.

The backhand grip is different from the forehand grip as discussed in this video. This is a very important point and one of the most common reasons why many players have trouble with the backhand stroke.

Also, please do not strangle the racquet with an overly tight grip. You only need to hold the racquet with enough pressure to keep it from flying out of your hand. So relax your grip!