Are You Playing Racquetball or Just Hitting Shots?
With the revival of Ektelon Nationals, now presented by PENN, players are preparing for the Memorial Day weekend championships. We’re here to help! Read racquetball tips on what the world’s #2 IRT pro, Rocky Carson, has to say about the difference between strategy on the court and courting the elusive rollout. Then, check back soon for more tips that’ll have you enjoying your own California gold rush, whether at your local club on on the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT).
To many players, the game is all about aiming for the lower boards. Rocky Carson understands it differently. “Most players put emphasis on killing the ball, but if you don’t understand how to play the game you could be shooting at the wrong time. As a pro or as a player, our job is to figure how to win, and there’s more to that than hitting the shots.”
You want to have priorities in mind as a player. One of Carson’s is to control center court. What does it help him do? “It gives me more lanes and opportunity to hit winners. Keeps my opponent off balance rather than gives him the shots he wants. It forces him to hit winners.” In short, “If I’m there, you’re not.”
Carson gave the example of people who see a backhand and think they have to kill it. Others look at a forehand and go for a down the line. He acknowledges he’s extended a rally at times, controlling it in order to wait for an even easier shot. In this way, he can dominate his challenger – and play the game to win.