This is a great warmup and concentration racquetball drill to use when you first hit the court, especially if you have a court all to yourself.
You can begin with 30 second segments, increasing up to 90 seconds or more as you gain control and experience. You should learn to increase the consistency with which you contact the ball. Until you reach very high levels, winning has more to do with being able to repeat relatively simple skills, and to call on them when required, rather than superhuman athletic feats. This solo rally pattern drill incorporates exactly this game-like demand.
Watch pro Shane Vanderson as he shows us how:
Racquetball Drill: 30 Second Continuous Warm Up
The key points of this racquetball drill:
- It simulates the demands of the game
- Speed, footwork, and spacing are all required
- Working a forehand/backhand pattern sharpens your control
- Focusing for 30+ seconds continuously boosts game preparation and endurance
Look carefully at these components, and replay the video at key points to watch what he does well, and where he can improve. We’d love to hear your comments below on what you learned!
The server always has an advantage in any racquet sport; spending time on racquetball drills for service return can be a game-saver for any player.
Most beginning players do not return serve del because of their lack of footwork and racquet preparation. In this video, pro John Ellis shows you the basics you should incorporate into some simple drills of your own. While many racquetball skills can be practiced solo, you need a reasonably proficient partner to practice live serve return.
If you do not have someone who can accurately serve a variety of serves to help your practice, separate out the racquet preparation and footwork patterns and do them on your own so that you are better prepared to return tough serves.
Racquetball Drills Video – Serve Return
Key points in this serve return video:
- Low posture
- Backhand grip racquet preparation
- Step-pivot footwork
Notice the secret strategy John reveals that is used by many savvy players to gain an advantage when ready to return serve! Comment below and share with us what you learned.
Beginning players often desperately need racquetball footwork drills to improve their court positioning, whether they realize it or not! When players first begin they are often dragged around the court by the ball, rather than moving efficiently in anticipation of the next stroke. Worse yet, they may simply freeze in place after their swing, and then be completely out of position for the next play.
This problem is quickly fixable with just a few minutes of footwork drills and court movement training.
This Star Drill 6-Step movement series incorporates a lot of the basic movement patterns needed for successful rallies. It can be done either with or without a racquet.
Racquetball Star Drill Movement Patterns
Pay attention to the different angles, court positions, and footwork movements which are the basics of successful play. Which of these movements are most difficult for you? Which are not yet a part of your game?
Please comment below on what you learned!