Footwork

May 20th, 2009 by Darrin Schenck

by Darrin Schenck

One of the readers asked a question about footwork to the shots from the proper court position. One of the best features of this court position (aside from the obvious advantages mentioned in the Court Position posting) is that you can use very set footwork patterns to cover each shot.

Here is the secret:

Always lead with the foot that is closest to the ball. It is strange, but almost every sport teaches you to cross over first, and then step towards the ball (or base, opponent, whichever is applicable). Since a racquetball court is always a finite amount of space, you need to teach yourself to lead with the foot closest to the ball, and then cross over. It will take some practice, but be much more efficient once you get the hang of it.

For example, if you begin in the position shown in the diagram denoting proper court position, and you are in the defensive position marked “X”, you would step with your left foot, and then cross over with your right foot to cover a shot hit down the line by your opponent. Not only is it more efficient (faster) but your feet will already be set to hit the backhand you will hit in response to your opponents shot. Think about it, walk through it, practice it ,and trust me once you get it, you will be far more efficient in your footwork and court coverage.

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As discussed in the body of this posting, a right handed player in correct defensive position would step with his LEFT foot first, and then cross over with his RIGHT to cover a down the line shot from his opponent.  This will not only be more efficient, but it will have your feet set when you arrive to hit this shot.  This will give you more options in your response to this shot from your opponent.

Good Luck!

Darrin Schenck

ASU Racquetball Head Coach

Author of Percentage Racquetball and

Racquetball 101, both available through

Racquetball Warehouse

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Some New Things

May 18th, 2009 by Ben

We received the new Wilson Hope Glove today, the only racquetball glove on the market designed for a woman’s hand. So I tried it on, obviously I do not have a woman’s hand, but it was very comfortable. The main difference is the sizing – I normally wear Medium in gloves and I would definitely wear a Large, if it was made, in the Hope glove.

It is very comfortable and breathable. It is made from thin materials and feels very light on your hand. It also has some knuckle pads on the pinky and ring finger. My inititial thoughts are that it is a great glove, check it out for yourself:

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=WHOPEG

I also tried out the new Head Tacki Mac Serrated MT grip today. It is quite impressive. I have not used a Tacki Mac grip before but have used both the Python Rubber and Ektelon Vision II Clear rubber grips. The MT feels very tacky without actually sticking to your hand/glove. If you have ever bought a new Ektelon racquet, you know how sticky the Vision grips are when brand new. However, as soon as it wears out or gets wet it can get very slick. Python grips are great and I have used them quite a bit at the lack of something better – the MT. The Serrated MT grip was taken from the golf industry and adapted for racquetball by Head for your enjoyment. You know my thoughts, try one for yourself:

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=HDTMMT

Thats all for now. Check back soon and often!

- Ben

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For those in the market for shoes…

May 11th, 2009 by Ben

We just received some shoe shipments that you may be interested in. First, take a look at the new offerings from Adidas:

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/appspage.html?ccode=ARBS&cat=shoes

The Stabil S is going to provide oustanding performance and stability while coming in a full ounce lighter than last year’s Stabil 7. The adiCORE will give superior breathability and comfort  without sacrificing support and is one of the lightest shoes available.

We also restocked on Asics shoes:

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/appspage.html?ccode=ARBS&cat=shoes

The Gel Domain is a favorite of mine for fit and comfort. It fits like a glove, breathes great and has fantastic grip on the court. Also, for you ladies out there, we now have 3 women’s shoes available in Asics.

Last, a shoutout to the Lime Green Hi-Tec 4:SYS.

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=HT4SLIM

If you want to stand out on the court then your search is over. Not only that but the 4:SYS is an amazing shoe and since switching to it I don’t think I will be able to go back to anything else. Check out the video on the shoe page; you will not be disappointed with these shoes!

Thats all for now, check back soon!

- Ben

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New Head Racquet Specs

May 5th, 2009 by Ben

We updated our specs on the new Head racquets today (Problem Child, Meanstreak, Dirty Deed). Our initial specs were from the playtest samples we received. Now that we got the racquets into stock we took the specs as an average from a 3 racquet sample.

They did not change much. They all came out a little bit less head heavy but overall they were consistent between racquets which is always nice – thank you Head. We made sure to bring in extra demos because we knew these would be a hit so try yours today!!

http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/racspage.html?ccode=HeadRBR&cat=rac

- Ben

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