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Quick Racquetball Tips: Running Home!


photo: drukelly

“He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.”

Who knew that Tacitus, ancient Roman senator and historian, was also a supreme racquetball tactician? ¬†On some rallies – many, actually – the best thing that can happen is that you live “to fight another day.” There are many times when you simply cannot put the ball away. You may be pushed into a defensive posture, or simply not have the situation you are looking for that matches your kill skills.

If so, the best “survival” option is ANY shot which moves your opponent out of center court, and gives you an opportunity to take over this prime scoring “home” court position.

Think passing shots, and especially ceiling shots.

Run home after every shot

As soon as you hit your “repositioning” shot, flow towards and just behind the broken receive line, center court. Consider this your “home” spot, and do everything you can to get back here after each shot. This is a great court position from which to mount your next attack!

You can see the woman in the photo is just behind this home position returning the shot; her opponent is horribly out of position near the left wall, leaving the court almost completely clear for any shot she wants to take. He clearly made no effort to get back home after his shot. From this position, she can dominate the game.

Remember Tacitus’ great advice next time you play. Run home! Maybe those Romans knew something about racquetball after all.


Quick Racquetball Tips: Hide-n-Seek


photo: CarbonNYC

Here is an interesting racquetball tip — from your childhood! Perhaps you remember playing hide-n-seek as a child. Someone covers their eyes, starts counting, and you run away from them and hide.

What a great racquetball strategy!

You can win a lot of games with a strategy no more complicated than “hiding the ball” from your opponent. There are two distinct steps here:

  1. Wait as long as possible before taking your stroke.
  2. Know where your opponent is, and hit it somewhere else.

Too many beginning players get caught up in hitting hard against the front wall, or only have vision that extends forward, but not behind them. You may not score right away by hitting away from your opponent, but after several such shots, your opponent may be so poorly positioned that they cannot return the ball.

Make sure most of your shots “run away and hide” from the person you are playing. This is a racquetball tip you can take to the bank!