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Racquetball Forehand Technique + SloMo!

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:

  1. Increasing power and decreasing injury
  2. Stance
  3. Posture
  4. Parallel position
  5. Elbow lead
  6. Contact position
  7. Hip rotation

And, of course, don’t forget the always important “Bug squash!”

Now get out there and shape up your racquetball forehand.

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Racquetball Drills – 30 Second Warmup Concentration

This is a great warmup and concentration racquetball drill to use when you first hit the court, especially if you have a court all to yourself.

You can begin with 30 second segments, increasing up to 90 seconds or more as you gain control and experience. You should learn to increase the consistency with which you contact the ball. Until you reach very high levels, winning has more to do with being able to repeat relatively simple skills, and to call on them when required, rather than superhuman athletic feats. This solo rally pattern drill incorporates exactly this game-like demand.

Watch pro Shane Vanderson as he shows us how:

Racquetball Drill: 30 Second Continuous Warm Up

 

The key points of this racquetball drill:

  • It simulates the demands of the game
  • Speed, footwork, and spacing are all required
  • Working a forehand/backhand pattern sharpens your control
  • Focusing for 30+ seconds continuously  boosts game preparation and endurance

Look carefully at these components, and replay the video at key points to watch what he does well, and where he can improve. We’d love to hear your comments below on what you learned!

 

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