What are you serving ?


    Have you ever played someone that you felt was a better player than you, yet you continued to win more games against them than not? Or do you lose to an opponent that you feel isn’t as skilled as you?


... the player who creates

the most three shot

rallies, will most often

win the match.


The three shot rally is a reference to a strategy that has been around since the beginning of racquetball. The idea is to deliver a serve (1st shot) in such a manner that causes a weak return by your opponent (2nd shot), in turn providing you with an offensive opportunity to end the rally (3rd shot). If your current arsenal of serves doesn’t provide you with these opportunities on a regular basis, it a may be time to start developing serves that do.


Consider this: The only time you truly control the game is when you’re in the service box.


You can dictate to the other player the type and the speed of the serve. You can also dictate which side of the court the ball will be delivered. Keep in mind, however, that although there are many different types and variations of serves, there is no “best serve.”


Some players tend to use only a few types of serve. Some will rely on a power drive while others a Z drive, even as a second serve. Others may use a lob or a half lob even as a first serve.


... what’s important is

creating a weak return,

not the type of serve

you use to achieve it.


 I am sometimes asked “How many serves should I have in my arsenal? My answer is “As many as you can perfect,” because different players handle certain serves better than others.

That being said, Kane Waselenchuk, the number #1 ranked player in the world, basically uses two serves," a drive serve and a nick lob”.  


It’s not that he can’t execute all the other serves, but these are the two that he has perfected and create the weakest returns for him.


... practice a variety of

serves, but in a match

situation use the ones

that are creating the

three shot opportunities. 


Next time you watch players hitting shots during their warm up, you’ll notice how few of them actually hit serves as part of their warm up routine. Yet, the serve is arguably the most important shot of the game. Shouldn’t serves be part of your warm up and practice routine?



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