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.
The server always has an advantage in any racquet sport; spending time on racquetball drills for service return can be a game-saver for any player.
Most beginning players do not return serve del because of their lack of footwork and racquet preparation. In this video, pro John Ellis shows you the basics you should incorporate into some simple drills of your own. While many racquetball skills can be practiced solo, you need a reasonably proficient partner to practice live serve return.
If you do not have someone who can accurately serve a variety of serves to help your practice, separate out the racquet preparation and footwork patterns and do them on your own so that you are better prepared to return tough serves.
Racquetball Drills Video – Serve Return
Key points in this serve return video:
- Low posture
- Backhand grip racquet preparation
- Step-pivot footwork
Notice the secret strategy John reveals that is used by many savvy players to gain an advantage when ready to return serve! Comment below and share with us what you learned.
One of the first technical aspects of any racquet sport that separates low and mid-level players is the ability to hit a consistent backhand. This is also true of the racquetball backhand.
When we make a backhand swing, we are at a mechanical disadvantage unless we prepare properly and use good mechanics. Another way of putting it is that it is easier to cheat, use poor mechanics, and get away with it with your forehand. With the racquetball backhand, poor technique basically means no backhand shot; that makes you easy pickings for any reasonably proficient player … or maybe just an opponent who gets to serve first!
If they can serve your (bad) backhand over and over again, you may never even have a chance to get out of the starting blocks.
Ben Croft shows how to prepare your body and racquet for a strong racquetball backhand. Pay special attention to the short rally between two players early in the video; I encourage you to replay this segment several times. Watch how they prepare their racquet for a backhand stroke, where the racquet is relative to their shoulder, and what their follow-through motion looks like.
Racquetball Backhand Video
Key points covered in this racquetball backhand video:
- Power stance
- Pendulum vs. “Tabletop” swing
- Heel contact point
- Hip Rotation
- Chest finish position
- The Bug Squash
One of the great aspects of learning racquetball is that it is such an easy sport to practice by yourself. Just drop or toss balls, position yourself, and execute your shots; focus on one key at a time, and pick the area which gives you the greatest problems to focus on first.
Don’t be the player who cowers in the corner and tries to run away from your bachand! Put in some practice, and flaunt your racquetball backhand next time you take the court.