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.
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So what IS our #1 racquetball racquet choice for 2013?
Introducing the Head Black Widow. Be careful, or you might get bitten!
Head Racquetball is renowned for using exotic and cutting edge materials in their racquets. Their 2012-13 Deadly series is no different. There are actually three models, the Black Widow at 160g, the 170g Scorpion , and the Cobra 180g racquet. In this case, their new material breakthrough is something called Innegra™, which is a carbon-polypro technology which is both super- lightweight and also dampens vibrations. Without a doubt, this is one of the top racquetball racquets on the market.
The Head Black Widow Racquet
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According to Head Racquetball, the key features of the new composite hybrid Innegra material are:
- Extremely tough and light; lightest performance fiber in the world today
- In combination with carbon fiber, Innegra forms an ultra strong and explosive hybrid-composite structure
Improved stability and increased shock absorption
Vibration on ball impact is reduced by 17 % for unique control and precision
HEAD’s new hybrid-composite structure considerably extends the performance of your HEAD racquet
I’ve always been a Head racquet fan myself, and this particular model seems to have the “Holy Grail” combo of both extreme power paired with extreme control. Rather than head heavy, as Head racquets often are, the Black Widow and Scorpion are very well balanced. The heavier 180g Cobra is actually head light in spite of its extra weight. The result for all is an extremely maneuverable racquet that produces blazing speed.
Here are what top racquetball pro Ben Croft has to say about the new Head Racquetball racquets.
Head Black Widow Racquetball Racquet: On Court Review
If you are looking for a high level racquet to take your game to the next level, the new super-sharp Head Black Widow might be just what you need to sting that pesky opponent.
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