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Racquetball Drive Serve – Feel the Power!

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.

Racquetball Lessons with Rocky Carson
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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.

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Racquetball Drills – Serving Variety

Racquetball drills for serving are super-important because being on the receiving end of a long string of tough serves is a sure-fire way to lose a match. You need a variety of serves both to keep your opponent off-balance, and to take advantage of any particular weakness they may have.

While most players are susceptible to hard serves to their backhand, you may find some who make more return errors on their forehand side. So the key is to have several different serves in your tool belt, and to pay attention to what works best as you progress through the match.

Racquetball Drills Video – Serving Variety

 

Key serve styles discussed in this video:

  • Drive serve
  • Z-serve
  • Lobs

Beginners are often not proficient in all serves, so try to develop at least a drive serve plus one off-speed serve as an initial part of your game plan. Notice the used of landing zone targets in this video; this is a great way to practice all of your shots, not just serves. Of course, the “human target” shown in this video can also add an element of spice, as well!

Please comment below on what you learned from watching this serving racquetball drill video.

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