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Types of shots

There are two kinds of shots in racquetball, offensive and defensive. Each type has its purpose and time for use. Many people try to master offensive shots first. However, being able to deploy a good defensive shot can cause your opponent to be on the defense and give you a chance to move into a better position to hit a good offensive shot. Both genre of shots are covered below. Serves are not covered below, but will be added at a later date.

Defensive Shots

Ceiling Shot
Ceiling Shot

Ceiling Shot
The most important an reliable defensive shot. The ball hits the ceiling 4 -8 feet from the front wall and hits the front wall high as well. The first bounce is high and around mid court with the second bounce ending as close to the back wall as possible. A perfect ceiling ball hits the corner between the floor and back wall and dies.

Click for a video of a Forehand ceiling practice.

Lob
A soft shot for when an opponent is cutting off the ceiling shot after the first bounce. This shot as the name infers is a easy shot, placing the ball 12-18 feet up the front wall. The first bounce is in the back court. Ideally the ball is put into a corner, giving your opponent a challenging shot.

Z Ball
As the name implies, this shot will make the shape of a z as it hits at least three

Z Ball
Z Ball

walls. This strike is on the front wall close to a corner. Second hit is on the side wall. The first bounce is close to center court. The ball continues to head towards the opposite corner that the ball started in. This shot is challenging to return unless the opponent is in position before the shot is placed. It will also push the opponent to back of the court.

Into the Back Wall
This is a last resort shot and should be used as a last ditch effort to save a rally. The racket for this shot is held at a 35 degree angle. Hit the ball into the back wall causing the ball to bounce off and hit the front wall at a high location. Power for this shot does not need to be in excess. The trick to mastering this shot is finesse.

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Offensive Shots

Pass Shot
Pass Shot

Down the Line Pass
This is the simplest offensive shot and its goal is to have the second bounce in the back court just before the back wall. This will be a description of using a forehand pass. Position your body so both feet are facing a side wall, known as squaring up. Pull the racket behind the body, parallel to the floor. As the ball comes closer, swing the racket so the contact point of the racket and ball is between the your knees and closer to the front knee. Follow through with the racket keeping the face parallel with the walls.

  Click for a Forehand instruction video or a Backhand video.

Cross court Pass
Similar to the down the line pass, this shot will have the same body mechanics but the destination of the ball will be different. The goal of this shot is to place the ball in the opposite back corner from where the player is hitting the ball. The contact point of the ball is in front of the front knee and it is important to make sure the wrist is not broken. Having a straight wrist allows the momentum of the body to transfer to the ball and the right angle to be achieved.

   click for a Forehand cross court pass or a Backhand pass video.

Down the Line Kill Shot
This shot is in essence the same as a pass, but the location the ball hits the floor is lower. The purpose of the kill shot is to have the the first and second bounce occur before the service line. The angle of the ball is changed by lowering the body. Again start squared up to the wall, with the racket in the back ready position. As you swing the racket forward, bend both knees,

Pinch Shot
Pinch Shot

keeping the torso vertical. The back knee will follow the arm forward, allowing the upper body to pivot. The front knee is bent but should relatively face the side wall still. Planting the front foot gives the body stability for the shot as well as power.

  Click for a Forehand instruction video or Backhand practice.

Pinch Shot
The pinch shot is hit near a side wall 2 feet or lower up the wall and within four feet of the front wall. Hitting the side wall first slows the ball speed down. It also lowers the angle of attack for the ball. The ball strikes the front wall and bounces out low and at an angle away from the first side wall. This is a difficult shot to return as the second bounce is very close to the front wall.

  Click to see a Pinch Shot video

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