In this short video (located on the right side) Loyd Ferran gives you a racquetball lesson. He focuses on “Positioning”. Generally speaking, “Positioning” is how you move and place your body while the racquetball is in play. There are two main considerations: 1. Positioning when it’s your turn to hit the racquetball 2. Positioning when your opponent is hitting the racquetball.
Let’s talk about consideration #1.
When it’s your turn, you should be quick to find a “Position”, the spot on the court where you will “set-up” (Body & Racquet Position) to hit the racquetball. Many bad shots are made because players are “lazy” to quickly move into proper “Position”. When not in “Position” you will make shots that have less power, less accuracy, and will give your opponent a better return shot. This is because when you’re out of “Position” you hit the racquetball “Off-Center”, out of the sweet-spot, and as a consequence the ball travels with less force & speed. Also, your feet are not in optimal position and therefore you cannot create the necessary torque in your hips to transfer max power … to the racquet head.
Let’s talk about consideration #2.
When waiting for your opponent to hit the ball you should “Anticipate” where your opponent will hit the ball on the front wall…and as a result…consider at what angle / trajectory the ball will travel. This way you can quickly move to that “Position” on the court. You can make an “educated guess” at where your opponent will be hitting the ball based upon a few factors: Look at the position of your opponents feet and hips.
Generally, but not always, your opponent will telegraph their shot-placement because of feet & hip position. Don’t look at their eyes for hints because eyes can shift quickly and be used to “fake you out”. But hips and feet are harder to fake. Another, consideration is their past “shot-selection”. People are creatures of habit…and your opponent will usually make a similar shot when in the same area; in the court. So you can “kinda” guess at what they’re going to do. While waiting your turn, you should be facing the front wall while “peaking” over your should to analyze your opponents body “Position”. This is why you should ALWAYS use protective eye-wear in the court. This will give you a “Jump” on where to “set-up”. The idea is to constantly try to “Position” your body in the “Center-of-Court” for maximum control.
For more details of the strategies & tactics used in the fun game of racquetball simply join our racquetball league or come hang out during league play. A few people that love to teach the game: Floyd Ferran, Bernie Padilla, and Francisco V. Gonzalez III. Ask them any questions to get started. Remember…it’s just a game. Play and have fun!