Game Ready?

Play Better!

  • Control center court
  • Hit it where they’re not / play the right shot
  • Serve well, serve smart
  • Find and exploit weakness
  • Adapt during play to maximize your chance of winning
  • Don’t let the ball come off the back wall
  • Don’t skip it
  • Don’t hit it toward the middle
  • Know where the ball is all the time
  • Know the formal USAR rules, especially about hinders
  • Keep a positive attitude, it helps
  • Get in shape, improve your body/foot movement, swing mechanics
  • Control center court
  • Hit it where they’re not / play the right shot
  • Serve well, serve smart
  • Find and exploit weakness
  • Adapt during play to maximize your chance of winning
  • Don’t let the ball come off the back wall
  • Don’t skip it
  • Don’t hit it toward the middle
  • Know where the ball is all the time
  • Know the formal USAR rules, especially about hinders
  • Keep a positive attitude, it helps
  • Get in shape, improve your body/foot movement, swing mechanics

Of course, following these rules during the heat of battle is always the challenge!

Skill level, experience, mindset, physical capability, adaptation, and fatigue all play a role in determining whether we win or lose each time we step on the court. It’s always helpful to have a positive attitude. As Billie Jean King once said “Losing a match isn’t failure, it’s research!” And, it’s a GAME, not a job—so focus and relax, you’ll get there!

Prepare to Win!

  • Drill, drill, drill. All sorts of serves/shots, drives, lobs, Zs, backhand, forehand, kill, pinch, reverse pinch, down the line, cross court, wide angle pass, soft.
  • Have a better player critique your play. Suggest what you could work on.
  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • Watch better players, try teaching videos, many on YouTube. Rocky Carson and many others have excellent teaching videos. We’ll suggest a few from time to time.
  • Try to decide with each outing, what your goals are. For example, today I hit down the line or cross-court, away from my opponent. Or I’m going to hit good ceiling balls whenever I’m out of position so my opponent has to get into the backcourt and I can get back to Center Court.
  • Try to wait for the right shot. Don’t try hitting a shot simply to end the rally if your’re off-balance, in the back of the court, or can’t get proper foot or body position. If you’re not comfortable hitting a high percentage (for you) shot to cleanly end a rally, it’s almost always better to make your opponent run or get out of position, so that you can get back to Center Court.
  • Think about this when you get on the court: Do I want to win today or do I want to play for fun? Each mindset takes you to different goals. You can still practice while you’re playing for fun–depending on your competitive spirit, you can be more or less aggressive depending on who you’re playing or what injury you might be getting over.
  • Get in shape. Some judicious weight training might help, tailored for racquetball—see the web, check with a trainer—always know you’re physically safe for your age/condition (consult physician if necessary). Cross training can help: swimming might keep you more flexible, for example. Jumping rope may help you get nimble on your feet. The elliptical trainer or stair-stepper can increase your leg strength and stamina.
  • Whatever your skill level, practice, play and getting in shape will help you improve, And you’ll realize the value of your efforts and have more fun along the way because you’ll start beating people who use to beat up on you!
  • What fun, eh? There aren’t many sports, that allow you to play by yourself, OR with 1, 2, or 3 others!!! Have a great time, make new friends, and we’ll see you at some tournaments!