Your forehand stroke is the bread and butter of any racquet sport; the racquetball forehand technique is no different.
Because a tennis racquet is so heavy, poor stroke mechanics are punished severely. However, in sports like raquetball where the racquet is lighter, it is easy to get away with bad technique. However, when you meet a better opponent, or want to take your game to the next level, you may find that your porr technical execution is limiting your game.
This great “Getting Technical” video by Ben Croft does a wonderful job of breaking down the mechanics of the forehand stroke for raquetball, and also shows a slo-mo version of the stroke. I would encourage you to watch this video multiple times, and create a short set of keys or “swing thoughts” just like golfers use to help remind you what to do.
The next time you go hit a few balls on the racquetball court, use these cue words to guide your practice, rather than “just doing what comes naturally.” Athleticism can only take you so far!
Racquetball Forehand Video
Key points covered in this raquetball forehand technique video:
- Increasing power and decreasing injury
- Parallel position
- Elbow lead
- Contact position
- Hip rotation
And, of course, don’t forget the always important “Bug squash!”
Now get out there and shape up your racquetball forehand.