“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.