Racquetball is a fast-paced, high-energy sport that requires physical strength and agility. When you’re first learning how to play racquetball it can be difficult to know what the best serve types are for your game.
In this blog post, we’ll explore three of the most popular types of serves in racquetball. This will help you as you develop your own personal style as a player.
Which one do you think would work best for your game?
3 Basic Types Of Serves In Racquetball
- Drive Serve – The objective of the serve is to strike it as low and hard as possible. It may be hit in any section of the court. Ideally, the serve should be distant from the receiver and low so that it’s difficult to return.
- Lob Serve – A lob serve is a high arching and somewhat sluggish serve. This serve is intended to be difficult to return in the service areas’ deep corners.
- Z Serve – The Z serve is a variant of the common serve in which one sidewall and the court’s reverse side are used. Landing a serve in the opposite deep corner of its original route is the objective, usually to a receiver’s backhand.
The forehand, like tennis or squash, is hit from a player’s dominant side.
- Racquet Angle: Pay special attention to the grip employed when executing a forehand shot. As much as possible, the racquet should be kept level.
- The ball will be hit too high if the racket is aimed toward the ceiling.
- The ball will strike the floor if the racket is positioned at a 45° angle toward the ground.
- Shot Height: A composed player can easily hit a target with a perfected forehand. Ideally, their attacks should be as strong and low to the ground as possible, giving their opponent little time to counteract. The goal is to strike the ball after it has fallen below knee height. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the ball hits below your knee before striking it.
- Body Positioning: Make sure your toes and chest face the right side wall for left-handed players. Left-handed players should face their toes and chest towards the left sidewall.
The backhand stroke requires a firm grip, much like the forehand. The ball will be struck across your body, with the racket on your non-dominant side. The angle is just as crucial as the forehand. The backhand is generally more difficult to manage.
- Racquet Angle: When executing a backhand shot, be sure to pay close attention to the grip that is employed. The racquet should be kept as level as possible throughout the swing.
- The ball will be struck too high if the racket is pointed toward the ceiling. When the racket is positioned at a downward angle, the ball will strike the floor.
- Shot Height: A competent backhand may be easily delivered by a competent player. Ideally, their shots should be as strong and as low as possible to provide their opponent as little time as possible to react. A good rule of thumb is to wait for the ball to fall below knee level before striking it.
- Body Positioning: When attempting a backhand shot, the player’s feet, chest, and shoulders will all be positioned in the opposite direction from that of his or her forehand stance.
- Players who play right-handed should ensure that their toes and chest are on the left side wall; the right shoulder should be turned toward the front wall.
- Players who are left-handed should make sure their toes and chest are facing the right side wall, with their left shoulder facing the front wall.
Racquetball is a competitive sport that’s played by two or four people on a court. There are three basic types of serves in racquetball, which you can learn about here. With this information and some practice, you’ll be able to serve your ball with the best chance for it to go into one of your opponent’s sides of the court!