Jul 122015

Rocky suggests the proper method for hitting a powerful racquetball forehand swing:

  1. Get the racquet UP.
  2. Step into the shot.
  3. Rotate hips and lower body first.
  4. Swing with leading elbow.
  5. Contact ball at leading heel.

Feb 252015

In racquetball, the server has a huge advantage over the receiver. The server can hit the ball from a fixed position into a very large area of the court. The server also has the advantage of being in the front of the court and can take advantage of any weak returns.

The serve receiver must try to retake the center court position by forcing the opponent into the back court. Accomplish this by hitting ceiling balls or passing shots.

To return serve, Cliff Swain recommends to

  1. Take a position in center court which is an arms length and a racquet from the back wall.
  2. Get into a ready athletic stance on the balls of your feet.
  3. Hold the racquet with a backhand grip.
  4. Move with two steps to reach either side wall.

Feb 062015

In this video, Cliff Swain demonstrates his classic 2-step drive serve technique. His 3 key points to a good racquetball drive serve are

  1. Get low, and stay low throughout the serve
  2. Drop the ball, don’t bounce it
  3. Step in the direction of your target

Jan 142015

As a last resort to get to a ball and keep it in play, you can dive for it. Even if you are able to make a successful dive, you still have very low odds of winning the rally. However, successful dives will pressure your opponent into trying more difficult shots, leading to mistakes or skipped shots.

Diving takes lots of practice and is very hard on your body, so if you intend to dive, get a pair of kneepads! In the following video, Ben Croft demonstrates the correct way to dive.