Apr 282011
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The purpose of a serve return is to move your opponent out of center court. The most effective and safe way to do this is to return the serve with a ceiling ball.

If you can hit a return of serve at knee level, then try hitting a passing shot down the line, cross court, or wide angle. Lob serves can be returned with ceiling balls or they can be cut off after they cross the 5 ft encroachment line.

Other possible returns include z-balls and around-the-wall shots but are more difficult to execute.

Do not let your return of serve rebound off the back wall, and avoid the worst of all shots, the skip ball.

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  5 Responses to “Racquetball Serve Return”

  1. cutting off the lob serve he crosses the dotted line before the bounce, would that be her point?

    • Yes, if the returner crosses the encroachment line before the ball bounces or passes the line, then it is a point to the server.

      You can see John Ellis discuss this rule here http://racquetball-lessons.com/2011/01/14/serving-and-encroachment-lines/

      • ok but in the video on RACQUETBALL SERVE RETURN the guy cleary gose over the encroachment line and it says that he hits it before the ball hits the floor. I’m wondering if this is just a mistake or am I missing somthing?

        • It is difficult to see if he hit the ball behind the encroachment line. It looks like he did. But after striking the ball, you are allowed to follow through past the line.

          So if you try to hit the served ball in the air, you must wait for it to cross the encroachment line before you hit it. No part of your body or racquet can be in front of that line. But once the ball crosses the line, then you can then hit the ball, step into the zone, and follow-through into the zone.

  2. that was video BENCHMARK 5 and is shown as cutting off the lob serve

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