Z serves are very difficult serves to return. They cut across the court diagonally in front of the returner. This makes it difficult to time the return shot. Then, after bouncing off the floor, the ball hits a sidewall and changes direction again. Try hitting Z serves at various speeds and heights on the front […]
John Ellis explains the rules behind the service box lines and the 5 foot encroachment line. A good serve must pass the service line. The server cannot leave the service box until the serve passes the service line. The serve returner cannot strike the served ball until it crosses the dashed 5-foot encroachment line.
The racquetball serve is the most important part of the game. Use the drive serve to either immediately score a point or cause a weak return of service. Your goal is to win 5 or more points from your serve in each game. In most cases, whoever serves best during a match will win.
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 […]