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.
Racquetball is a game that features both finesse and power; the racquetball drive serve is an opportunity to use your full body power to put your opponent on the defensive right away.
Most beginning players stand with an open stance and use their arm strength to generate power for their serve. However, with a little practice and some “fancy footwork,” you can learn to hit your serves significantly harder using your total body momentum into the ball.
Although it may take a few practice sessions to get the rhythm of the footwork down, it is probably especially important for less athletic players, who are not blessed with the natural strength or speed of better athletes. Learning the drive serve technique will allow you to pound your serves with the best of them. While accuracy is importance, learning to hit the ball with enough force that it starts to explode off the wall like it was fired by a cannon makes your serve an intimidating weapon.
Check out Ben Cross in this video, as he “takes us through the steps” of a powerful racquetball drive serve.
Racquetball Drive Serve
Key points covered in this drive serve video:
- Varied starting positions
- Step and a half footwork
You should watch the slow motion segments carefully; replay them, and look at the timing of the ball drop relative to the first half step. It is this timing that throws many off. Once you get it, you will begin hammering your racquetball drive serve with greater confidence.