Racquetball Basics – Shots

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness Expert Malia Bailey demonstrates various Racquetball shots.

    Malia Bailey: Hi, my name is Malia Bailey and today we are talking about the fundamentals and basics of racquetball. Right now we are going to go over a few shots during the rallies that you might want to take and when to take them.

    We are going to start off talking about a pass, just a regular pass. There are two types. A down-the-line pass and a V-pass. When do we use a pass? We use a pass when our opponent is a little bit further up in the court than they really want to be. They are probably covering A kill shots and that's when you use a pass.

    A down-the-line pass is a passing shot that goes straight down the wall on either side. A V-pass would be a shot that goes from one side of the court to the other side of the court and goes basically in the corners. A kill shot. What is a kill shot? A kill shot is actually the hardest shot in racquetball. It will hit the front wall about this low and pretty much, irretrievable to your opponents. It can go in the corners, just hitting on the front wall low, so your opponent is unable to get it.

    Ceiling ball. We touched upon a ceiling ball a little bit earlier, when we talked about return a serve. Its when you are deep, perhaps, or you don't have a shot in particular or non-offensive shot. Say you go to the ceiling, what that does?

    . Two things. It gives your opponent out of front court, gets them deep and it allows you to get up and take center court position in the court. So you are in better position than your opponent.

    Another shot that we talk about is back-wall play. A lot of times the ball after once it bounces, it will come off the back wall. So you play the ball off the back wall and there is two ways to do that. You can take the ball from the back wall and play it directly to the front wall, or if you are out of position and its coming off the back wall, you can hit it into the back wall, so that it carries to the front wall before it bounces on the floor. Coming up next, we are going to show you some footwork drills.