Racquetball Defense Schemes

Like other sports games, there are two main things that matter in racquetball: offense and defense. Offense is a series of moves initiated by one combatant to help him win the fight.

Defense alternatively is the series of moves in reaction to the opponents offensive moves. The following are some tips on defense strategies.

Focus court

In racquetball, the middle court is the strongest position. In the middle court, you are on top of things. If your opponent is occupying it, you are in a defensive position. You have to strive to take it away.

Getting your opponent out of the focus court can be performed by hitting a ceiling shot or a pass shot. Stay out of the side walls in the least times. Your opponent dominates the court if you’re on the side walls.

Kill shot

The kill shot is hitting the ball low plenty of to the front wall without hitting the side walls. Done perfectly, this can establish the ball bounce twice on the floor making it impossible to be returned.

The best way to do a kill shot is hitting the ball a couple of inches off the floor straight to the front wall.

Pass shot

In racquetball, the pass shot is one very good defensive shot. The excuse is simple: Anyone can execute it, whether you are a pro or a newcomer.

Hit the ball toward the front wall making it come as far away from your opponent as possible. Choose hitting it “down the line” or “cross court”.

“Down the line” means hitting the ball parallel to the side wall and making it come straight back between the side wall and you.

A “cross court” hit means hitting the ball against the side wall farthest from your location. The ball will fly between your opponent and the side wall.

To be considered a good defensive shot, slam the ball fast adequate as you can muster. Make it go together with such speed that your opponents slow reaction time will result in the ball to bounce twice before hitting the back wall.

The Z-ball shot

This is the shot that hits the front wall first, then one wall and finally the other side wall and returns parallel with the back wall. The ball gathers adequate spin as it hits the three walls.

Done correctly, the ball rolls alongside the back wall which makes it hard for your opponent to return.

Around the world

Another defensive shot can be executed in times when you’re out of position. Doing this should actually be done with adequate force.

Hit the ball hard enough into a side wall with sufficient momentum to rebound on the front wall and still have adequate energy to hit the other side wall as high as possible. The ball will bounce to the floor nearly behind the center court heading to the other back corner.

From there, it will make a second bounce after hitting the back corner wall.

Other defenses

They’re other defensive moves done usually by the pros of the game. Some are combination’s of these popular ones and some are variations.

Racquetball is as with other sport where the fun resides in the struggle between players. Of course, as everyone knows, the best defense is offense.

Anna C. Knight

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