Racquetball Backhand Technique – Don’t Fear It, Flaunt It!

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.



6 comments on “Racquetball Backhand Technique – Don’t Fear It, Flaunt It!

  1. Todd says:

    I just started playing, and this video helped me a lot. I especially had trouble getting into the right position to create power with my backhand, and I think I have that solved, now. Thanks!

  2. James says:

    Thanks for the video. I feel like the part about having a flat swing will be particularly helpful.

  3. Gabe says:

    The part of the video that spoke about leading with my elbow will seriously help my game!

  4. Owen says:

    Nice video. For me, the hardest part of the backhand is ceiling shots. I think if I take the flat swing idea and move the body angle upwards a little bit, it will help out a lot with ceiling shot accurary.

    • Racquetball Teacher says:

      Owen, I think your flat swing concept from another video, but transferred to the ceiling shot, is a great idea! Ceiling shot swings are more precise, and do not need a lot of follow through — just enough energy to get that second bounce coming down near the back wall.

  5. Miguel Rovira says:

    This video is great because a majority of players have weak backhands. I think it could be harder to follow-through like he does during doubles because of the limited space with the other players involved.

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