These nice introductory videos by Malia Bailey and Shawn Royster cover the basic rules of playing racquetball.
In racquetball, the player serving has a clear advantage. The server gets to hit the ball directly at his opponent’s weakest spot. The server has complete control of the speed and direction of the serve, and, has their opponent at the back wall.
All things being equal, if you serve better than your opponent, then you will win.
A theoretical game is constructed of 15 points as follows:
- 5 pts – Winners
- 5 pts – Opponent errors
- 5 pts – Service winners
So if your opponent is getting more than 5 aces or service winners per game, you are in deep trouble. What this means is that you need to upgrade your serves as well. Your goal is to continually learn new serves and improve your existing ones. Then, during your game, find the one or two serves which your opponent has the most trouble returning.
Most players tend to hit their favorite serve, over and over, regardless of it effects. From now on, find and hit serves that will become service winners. So work on being able to hit a wide variety of serves, including off-speed serves, Z serves, and high lob serves.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
The basic goal of this blog is to be more than just a how-to-play-racquetball instruction guide. I would like to combine existing online instruction videos, which deal with technique, with ideas on developing tactical skills. Technique + tactics are required to improve your level of game.
I would also like this site to be place for inspiring all levels of racquetball players to continue to learn and improve their games.
Let the match begin, 0 serves 0…