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Racquetball Strategy : Racquetball Strategy: Positioning After Z-Serves

We’re talking about your court positioning
after you hit a Z-serve. Very, very common mistake that people make is they do the full
spin after they hit the Z-serve, because it’s natural to make that movement. Everybody hears
that we need to look back and check what our opponent’s doing, but you can’t just turn
around completely and be facing. That’s a very common thing here, you notice the pattern.
You never want to be facing this way when a ball is being shot at you this way. If you’re
going to get hit, get hit in the back. So, here it is, the Z-serve, then they turn around
like this because they want to keep that motion of spinning, right? You never want to let
that happen, so, after you hit that Z-serve don’t do a full spin. Just hit the Z-serve
then turn this way. I’ve kept my back to my opponent, I’m looking over the shoulder, I’m
back in center court positioning, I haven’t exposed myself to get hurt. So, I’m here,
I’m ready for the return of serve, I’m right in the position I need to be, and I’m completely
safe. You know what I’m saying?

David Frank



  1. Jose Ahumada Posted on December 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    now…all we have to see is a video of someone getting hit square in the nuts. To make us understand fully.

  2. John Tarte Posted on January 25, 2009 at 4:54 am

    The problem with the video is that it appears that he will get hit in the head b/c of how he serves the Z. In reality though, he will hit the Z serve really low and will either win the point or the returner will hit a power shot down the line depending on how hard and straight the ball comes off the side wall after the Z is finished.

  3. Bill NO Posted on July 14, 2009 at 5:49 am

    ill have to say i actually learned my lession the hard way about 4 years ago.

    while teaching someone the fundamentals of Rball i served and "assumed" that they were not able to return the ball…they were and i got a ball to the right corner of my eye. thanks to goggles i was ok though a contact was disloged adn that ended the day….sense then…no matter the serve (Zleft, Zright, Drive forehand/backhand…long or short) Ill never turn around to check …i just take my spot and go from there.