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Updates - Article #1 Cutting off the Serve!

One of the most difficult techniques to learn, let alone to master is 'Cutting off the Serve", that is, taking the serve either on the fly or on the "short hop" (legally) and hitting an effective return. 


It is the very nature of the ball itself that makes this difficult to learn, but it is a technique (like all others) in Racquetball that can be learned and mastered.


#1 - Technique on the Short Hop (Hitting the ball as it rises) AFTER it PASSES the Receiving Line!

The "trick" to learning this technique is to make contact with the ball with minimal racquet movement -- with the face of the racquet angled 45 degrees into the floor. This may make you think that you're going to hit the ball right into the floor, but as the ball "kicks" up off the floor, its spin and energy tends to force its impact with the face of the racquet just right! The ball should project off of your racquet on a flat level trajectory back to the front wall. Try to make contact with the ball as close to the floor as you can. The most difficult part to learning this technique is to only move the racquet face straight in the direction in which you want the ball to travel.



#2 - Technique on the Fly (Hitting before it hits the floor for the first time) AFTER it PASSES the Receiving Line!


Just as above, the "trick" to learning this technique is to make contact with the ball with minimal racquet movement -- BUT in this case with the face of the racquet angled 45 degrees upward instead. This may make you think that you're going to hit the ball way up, but as the ball hits your racquet, its spin and energy tends to force its impact with the face of the racquet just right! The ball should project off of your racquet on a flat level trajectory back to the front wall. Try to make contact with the ball about waist high. Just as above, the most difficult part to learning this technique is to only move the racquet face straight in the direction in which you want the ball to travel.


E-Mail me if you have problems... By the way you're going to have to practice-practice-practice in order to learn thse techniques! Be sure to use your IPRO/AmPRO Certified Professional Instructor who can set you up again and again!


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