One of the first technical aspects of any racquet sport that separates low and mid-level players is the ability to hit a consistent backhand. This is also true of the racquetball backhand.
When we make a backhand swing, we are at a mechanical disadvantage unless we prepare properly and use good mechanics. Another way of putting it is that it is easier to cheat, use poor mechanics, and get away with it with your forehand. With the racquetball backhand, poor technique basically means no backhand shot; that makes you easy pickings for any reasonably proficient player … or maybe just an opponent who gets to serve first!
If they can serve your (bad) backhand over and over again, you may never even have a chance to get out of the starting blocks.
Ben Croft shows how to prepare your body and racquet for a strong racquetball backhand. Pay special attention to the short rally between two players early in the video; I encourage you to replay this segment several times. Watch how they prepare their racquet for a backhand stroke, where the racquet is relative to their shoulder, and what their follow-through motion looks like.
Racquetball Backhand Video
Key points covered in this racquetball backhand video:
- Power stance
- Pendulum vs. “Tabletop” swing
- Heel contact point
- Hip Rotation
- Chest finish position
- The Bug Squash
One of the great aspects of learning racquetball is that it is such an easy sport to practice by yourself. Just drop or toss balls, position yourself, and execute your shots; focus on one key at a time, and pick the area which gives you the greatest problems to focus on first.
Don’t be the player who cowers in the corner and tries to run away from your bachand! Put in some practice, and flaunt your racquetball backhand next time you take the court.