Carlstrom, a former Fairbanks airport marketing director and minister, had just finished playing racquetball at a gym in Seattle when his heart stopped in early December. They say he was dead. And he would have been, except the people around him knew
Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez returns the ball to French Gilles Simon during Bilbao Master tennis tournament's final match in Bilbao, Basque Country, northern Spain, 18 December 2011. EPA/MIGUEL TONA | Wilson Racquet Sports, a division of
'70s American champ John McEnroe is in the middle with the hair, Russia's '00s champ Maria Sharapova is on the left, and current champ Novak Djokovic sits on the right, all with slightly different reactions to what we can only guess are balls hurtling
Try not to just throw the ball up and chase it by changing your swing. This will result in an ineffective service motion. Simply said, keep the swing the same and place your toss in the path of the racquet. Serving is a lot of fun and if done well can
Beginning January 1, 2012, all 10-and-under tennis tournaments must be played on the smaller 36' and 60' courts using slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls and using shorter, lighter racquets. WRC has the first and only permanent 36' courts in the
Learning to play racquetball can be one of the most intimidating things you will ever do. The sheer speed of the game, from the outside looking in, can leave even the most athletic person wondering if they are capable of stepping inside the court.
Perhaps, the most challenging parts of learning racquetball are mental. Unlike many sports, physical strength will get you nowhere if you don’t understand the mechanics of the game.
This guide is designed to not only make you aware of the sport that so many people ignore, but also to show you how to be damn good at it.
To clear up the confusion about what racquetball is, and if you have ever seen it played before, watch this epic video of classic singles matches at the professional level.
(If you cannot see the video, you may view it here .)
I could barely stay in my seat watching such an intense, meticulous sport.Why Would You Want to Play Racquetball?
Racquetball is one of those sports that teaches you lessons about life. Every player of every sport might make the same claim, but racquetball is different.
What separates racquetball from the rest is the fact that you have to do worse before you can do better. There are no “naturals” in this sport. Even if you are agile, quick on your feet, and know how to handle a racquet, none of that matters if I can pick at the things you aren’t good at.
The learning curve for racquetball usually goes something like this:The first time you get in the court, you are not there to play a game of racquetball, though you think that you are. The game itself has a goal of teaching you about the speed of the game and the multiple dynamics that you must shrink down to second nature within your own mind. Every player’s first true game of racquetball is always humbling. You think you know racquetball, until you play it.