Jan 142011

IMHO, lob serves are not defensive, because if done correctly, they put you in an offensive center court position and your opponent deep in a back corner.

Most beginners have trouble controlling lob serves because they put too much energy into the ball by using a forehand swing. However, the lob requires a new stroke technique. The lob stroke has the fewest moving parts. To gain control, you need to lock both your wrist and your arm. They remain locked throughout the lob motion. Use your shoulders to move your arm and racquet.

Plus, you do not need to put much energy into the ball, so use a very short backswing. The lob stroke should feel more like a push. So push the ball to a target point on the front wall.

Jan 142011

This video by Malia Bailey covers the four basic serves: drive serve, high lob serve, drive z serve, and half lob serve.

In racquetball, the server has an enormous advantage over the returner.

  1. You get to hit your serve into a huge area in the back of the court.
  2. You can direct your serve at your opponent’s weakness (backhand).
  3. You can control the speed and direction of the serve.
  4. Your goal is to hit a serve which is not returnable by your opponent (service ace).

In order to win a game, you would like to score at least 5 points per game by hitting service winners.

So, normally you would try to use either a drive or z serve on your first serve. If you fault on the first serve, then hit a lob serve on your second serve.

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