Racquetball swinging tips:
Good players know how to swing after years
of play and practice.
For beginning players there is a
combination of physical mechanics and court awareness that has to be mastered to improve your play. The mastery
of the physical mechanics comes with practice while mastery of court awareness comes primary with play.
In racquetball, your power comes from the
snap of your wrist into your shots. The wrist snap is the last component of your swing. Your wrist should be
loose so that you are able to snap back and forward. When swinging at the ball, you must move your wrist
back(cocked position) as you approach the ball then move your arm forward holding your wrist back until just
before the moment of impact with the ball then you snap your wrist forward to hit the ball.
While the wrist is cocked, bend your
forearm back until it forms an "L" shape with your upper arm. Your forehand swing should come from a top down
motion and then into a side arm motion that looks like you are skipping a stone over water. Your backhand will be from the same top down motion but it will be similar to
throwing a Frisbee. Make your shoulders square. Then practice your
swing in slow motion. Be sure to pull your arm out and around with your shoulder leading the way.
Your upper arm should be leading your
elbow, forearm and wrist. Your elbow should be leading your forearm and wrist. Your wrist should be cocked until
the last second then snap through.
The beginning of a powerful and accurate
swing is in the legs. Each time you swing you should try to step or to be leaning forward. Forward movement
helps you to hit the ball with more than your arms. The more you incorporate your legs and body into your swing
the more powerful and accurate your swing will be.
Your swing is really all about managing
the movement of the body. The key areas are the legs, clearing the hips for the swing, square shoulders, getting
the arm back, and cocking the wrist for snap. If your swing is properly executed, you will notice the difference
in power 1st and then accuracy. You will literally hear the difference in the ball when it hits your racquet and
then when it hits the wall.
Racquetball is fun and can be played with
very little practice. Because you only have to hit the front wall to keep rallies going and everything is good
you can have fun even when you can not control your shots. However, it is much more fun when you have some
control of your game.