I have never quite decided whether doubles racquetball was the ultimate in high-speed sporting “chess” … or just sheer madness. Either way, you are going to need to know some basic racquetball strategies to control the doubles mahem of 4 bodies and racquets careening around in such a small enclosed area.
Racquetball Doubles Strategy – Serving
This video focuses on your starting service position for doubles, and the immediate next moves you need to make as a doubles team to control the court. He points out a key error that many novice racquetball players make when serving in doubles.
Racquetball Doubles Strategy – Court Positioning
One of the critical skills in doubles is court positioning. A make-or-break skill is what the non-hitting partner does as soon as they see they are NOT getting the ball. Novice players often spectate; experienced players immediately flow towards the “control spot” in mid-court. Look carefully at the scenarios set up in this video to see how to use your non-hitting time to best effect.
The team that controls the center court space usually wins.
Doubles Racquetball – Advanced Court Positioning
There are a variety of ways to cover the court when you play doubles. Smart teams start with a system, and then tweak it to fit their individual strengths as players. Note in this video who is responsible for balls down the middle:
Advanced court positioning strategies discussed in this video:
- 2X “L-shaped” strategy
- Flow strategy
Which one seems to make more sense to you for your playing style?
Doubles Racquetball Strategy – Advanced I-Formation
If you have a player who is very fast and quick with the racquet, and another who is good with the deep ceiling, pass, and kill shots, you might want to scrap the side-by-side doubles strategies for the aggressive “I-Formation.”
This is a very aggressive strategy, and takes the right combination of skills. But if played well, it can be very hard to beat.
Creating Your Own Doubles Strategy
If you are just starting out playing racquetball doubles, here are some good rules to follow:
- Pick a strategy — ANY strategy! Follow it, and …
- … Learn. Communicate assertively and pay attention to who gets which balls best, and where the problem areas are.
- Tweak. Adjust the basic strategy to fit the strengths and weaknesses of both partners, considering both stroke mechanics, and decision-making.
- Enjoy the challenge! Doubles is organized madness, and players who cannot survive a little chaos and thrive in creative situations need to stick to singles.
Doubles racquetball is not for the faint of heart. Just make sure you have a REAL doubles racquetball strategy!
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