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Coach Jim Winterton’s Top Racquetball Tips

Each day I post the racquetball tip of the day. From beginner to pro, these tips are things that I teach in my camps, video lessons, and clinics. Here is a sampling of tips picked at random. Enjoy and see you on the court! Onward and upward!
1. ‎Playing the weak backhand athlete may not be as obvious as you think. The typical game plan goes like this:  hit everything to their backhand. However, these players adjust by getting around on 80% of the shots and hitting forehands. Therefore, consider this strategy: play their forehand and then hit to their backhand. A shot selection like ceiling ball to the forehand is safe and then hit to their backhand. There will be more room for error and they will not be able to get around on as many shots to hit forehands.

 2. How to set the trap or the game within the game. Here is a question for you. Where is your weaker side? You may know that but your opponent does not. First chance you get during a  competition, shoot from that side. You may get lucky and kill a few. When that happens the opponent will play your strong side and fall into your trap!

3. Taking care of your sticks. A racquetball player is as good as her or his racquet. Take care of the racquet. Avoid extreme temperatures. Make sure you have the racquets restrung and regripped regularly. If you have not had your racquet restrung in over a year, it’s time!

4. ‎Move-and-hit drills simulate the action of a match much better than drop-and-hit drills. Two of my favorites are set-up-and-hit drills to the forehand and the backhand. At the receiving line, open the face of your racquet and gently tap yourself a setup. Move your feet and shoot down the line. Emphasize foot movement and do not lean to the ball. Move to the ball. That is the SUNH drill!

5. ‎The old drop-and-hit drill serves one purpose if done correctly. It should teach you to keep your weight back and use your lower, not upper body to hit forehands and backhands. If you throw a step in this drop-and-hit drill, you run a bigger risk of “cheating” by using your upper body. That is why I teach “stationary drop and hit” not drop and hit.”

6. Playing the big hitter. The hard hitter looks very flashy and can be intimidating. Here are a couple of tips: First, play center court very deep as they hit everything hard, so traditional center court is out. Second, pick off any shot you can from deep in center court and pinch it. This pulls the big hitters up and neutralizes their power because they have to move forward!

7. Shot selection during rallies is often dictated by footwork. If you get to the ball with your weight forward, you will not have any power to execute a good shot. If you find yourself pushing the ball, keep your weight back!

‎8. Get rid of the dinky doo. A dinky-doo is a twist of the wrist in the middle of a swing. It is subtle. An exaggerated dinky doo is called twisty wristy. Fix a dinky doo by flattening out the forehand and backhand throughout the swing. If you have a dinky doo you have increased chances for error. Note: You won’t find these terms anywhere else!

9. Defeat is something that happens to all of us. Be gracious in defeat, humble in victory. Yes, you are frustrated, mad, disappointed and more when you lose, but be considerate of your opponent. Being a sore loser adds another loss to the one you already suffered!

10. Short Jamming the drive serve. Years ago, the great Charlie Brumfield wrote a series of instructional articles I gobbled up and used to win several tournaments. The angle of jam serves and drive serves was the gist of one of the articles so bear with me here. If you get a tight angle into the left wall vs. right handers and right wall vs. left handers, and get the ball so it “slides” down the wall. This is a difficult angle to get to off the drive serve. That is the “short jam” serve.”
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  • The National Academy of Bolivia has gained momentum around Bolivia, 3 exclusive racquetball academies for players in La Paz, Tarija and Cochabamba with professional level training techniques in teaching the sport, enhancing all areas of play effectively making our players much more competitive by achieving specific objectives within each players game. Some of our recognized players include Felipe Mercado, Jorge Luis Michel, Masiel Rivera , Mario Mercado, Christian Mina, Diego Crespo, Mikaela Molina, Brenda Laime , Fernando Ruiz and many many more. All players are training to achieve their best level to qualifier for international tournamentes, Most of them have a common goal “The world Junior Championships” it will be in Canoga Park, California on November . The National Academy of Bolivia announces The International Players As Mauricio (momo ) Zelada Actual Ranked USAR player #20 and IRT#46 and Ernesto Ruiz IRT#95 who they are coming back to Bolivia to compete in different international tournaments they are players of the Academy So we are very proud of this guys ! Keep Going VAmos ACademy!!

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    La Academia Nacional de Bolivia ha ganado impulso en torno a Bolivia, 3 academias de racquetball exclusivos para los jugadores en La Paz, Tarija y Cochabamba con profesionales de nivel de formación en técnicas de enseñanza de este deporte, la mejora de todas las áreas de juego de manera efectiva a nuestros jugadores que hacen mucho más competitiva mediante el logro de objetivos específicos dentro de cada jugador. Algunos de nuestros jugadores reconocidos incluyen Felipe Mercado, Jorge Luis Michel, Masiel Rivera, Mario Mercado, Christian Mina, Diego Crespo, Mikaela Molina ,Brenda Laime, Fernando Ruiz Michel y muchos muchos más. Todos los jugadores que están entrenando para alcanzar su mejor nivel para calificar para torneos internacionales, la mayoría de ellos tienen un objetivo común “, el Campeonato Mundial Juvenil”, que será en Canoga Park, California, el mes de noviembre. La Academia Nacional de Bolivia anuncia los jugadores internacionales como Mauricio (momo) Zelada actual jugador clasificado USAR # 20 y # 46 y el IRT Ernesto Ruiz IRT # 95, que están regresando a Bolivia para competir en diferentes torneos internacionales lo cual ellos son jugadores de la Academia Así que estamos muy orgullosos de estos muchachos! Vamos Academia!

    The National Academy of Bolivia has gained momentum around Bolivia, 3 exclusive racquetball academies for players in La Paz, Tarija and Cochabamba with professional level training techniques in teaching the sport, enhancing all areas of play effectively making our players much more competitive by achieving specific objectives within each players game. Some of our recognized players include Felipe Mercado, Jorge Luis Michel, Masiel Rivera, Yesid Bazoberry, Dennis Jimenez , Mario Mercado, Christian Mina, Diego Crespo, Mikaela Molina, Brenda Laime and many many more. All players are training to achieve their best level to qualifier for international tournamentes, Most of them have a common goal “The world Junior Championships” it will be in Canoga Park, California on November . The National Academy of Bolivia announces The International Players As Mauricio (momo ) Zelada Actual Ranked USAR player #20 and IRT#46 and Ernesto Ruiz IRT#95 who they are coming back to Bolivia to compete in different international tournaments they are players of the Academy So we are very proud of this gays ! Keep Going VAmos ACademy!!!

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  • After many years of playing IRT tournaments in the U.S. training, learning and have been improved my racquetball skills and tecniques and then gather a lot of information and experience in different training of coaches and instructors like Jim Winterton , Jo Shattuck , Dave and Jhon Ellis , Jason Manino ,Fran Davis and many others racquetball masters while playing the highest level of racquetball in the world is that I have decided to return to Bolivia to bring South America The new Racquetball training Academy which offers great experience and hard work in training and tactical psychological techniques as well as physical ever seen in South America. I am pleased to announce the Academy of fully certified Racquetball IPRO Ampro and USRA-IP Now in Bolivia.

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    Después de muchos años jugando torneos IRT en EE.UU. entrenando, aprendiendo y mejorarando las habilidades de raquetball y despues de reunir una mucha informacion y experimentando en distintos entrenamientos de racquetball de entrenadores e instructores como Jim Winterton , Jo Shattuck , Dave y Jhon Ellis , Jason Manino , Fran Davis y muchos otros iconos mundiales del Racuqtball internacional y al mismo tiempo jugando el mejor nivel de racquetball en el mundo es que ,he decidido volver a Bolivia para traer a Sudamérica la nueva Academia de Entrenamiento de Racquetball Que ofrece gran experiencia y mucho trabajo duro en el entrenamiento Psicologico tecnico y tactico ademas de fisico nunca visto en Sudamérica. me alegro de anunciar A la Academia de Racquetball con todas las certificaciones IPRO Ampro y USRA-IP Ahora en Bolivia.

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  • Bolivian Power in Minneapolis

    After 14 years in Memphis, the US OPEN Racquetball Championships will be moving to the great City of Minneapolis in 2010 and beyond. USA Racquetball is proud to bring the sport of racquetball’s top professional event to Minneapolis. The largest “Grand Slam” event will attract the biggest names in professional racquetball from the Men’s International Racquetball Tour (IRT), Women’s Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) and the Classic Pro Racquetball Tour (CPRT). Players will be competing for a prize purse total over $48,000 this year. The event is hosted by LIFE TIME FITNESS at three facilities with the Target Center location as the main host club. The amateur divisions attract nearly 700 players that come from all over the world. This event begins Wednesday, Oct. 20 and ends Sunday, Oct. 24. Aside Bolivians players are ready for this big Tournament Roland Keller, Carlos Keller, Kadim Carrasco, Jenny Daza and Masiel Rivera all of them will compete Pro Qualifier Divisions, the Bolivian power will be showed in Minneapolis this year and we hope to see more level and players the next years!

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  • Bolivia 2009 Bolivarian Champion!!

    The XVI Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos) were a multi-sport event held in 2009 in Sucre, Bolivia. The competitions in Sucre took place from 15–26 November. A number of Bolivian cities hosted some of the sporting events, including Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Tarija. Also, events were held outside of Bolivia, with Guayaquil, Lima and Quito hosting a number of competitions. The Games were organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO).
    In Racquetball The last version of Bolivarian games in Sucre-Bolivia had a great level and fantastic matches ,players from Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia who played along a week traying to win the gold medal.
    Racquetball is groing up and southamerica every time is better than ever!!! congratulations Ricardo Monroy ,Carlos keller ,Jorge Zambrana ,Carola Loma, Yenny Daza and Yasmin Sabja ,The powerful Bolivian Team who won all the gold medals. Bolivia Do not leave the top of the podium Bolivarian last four events.The racquetball was the best showing in the XVI Bolivia Bolivarian Sports Games ,With these results were consolidated as the unbeatable team.

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  • The Usa Open is the biggest Raquetball tournament in the world ! Players around the world are going to Menphis the next October 21-25 ,The 2009 14th US OPEN Racquetball Championships will be, at the Racquet Club of Memphis and will feature all of the top men’s players of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), the women’s players of the Women’s Professional Racquetball Organization, (WPRO) and the Classic Pro Racquetball Tour (CPRT). The US OPEN is racquetball’s original and largest “Grand Slam” event and the most prestigous tournament of the season. The event will also offer amateur divisions for men and women and attracts players from all across the world.
    Last year, nearly 70 US OPEN champions were crowned and awarded the one-of-a-kind US OPEN gold medal that weighs nearly 2 pounds. Leading the entry list for the IRT is world No. 1 Kane Waselenchuk, defending US OPEN champion. Leading the women for the WPRO is world No. 1 Paola Longoria also the defending US OPEN champion. The Classic Pro Racquetball Tour (CPRT) will also feature Jimmy Lowe who will attempt to defend his US OPEN championship. Bolivian players like Roland Keller, Jenny Daza and Manuel Flores will play this big tournament, We hope every year more Bolivian players participiate in the internationals PRO tournaments.

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  • As you know, Bolivia has produced good quality and advanced racquetball players. For 20 years now, new players are showing up at the racquetball courts all around the country. Players with enormous talent such as Gustavo Retamoso (La Paz), who became the first player to win medals for Bolivia. He has such amazing control and precision with his shots.

    Another player, Leo Sarmiento (La Paz), can hit the ball with both hands with the same amount of incredible power and control. However, his heart and determination was always his strongest asset. And the most incredible thing is he has only one leg! Many people think he could have been the best player in the world.

    Ivan Usin, who is from Santa Cruz, is an excellent player with great speed and very good technique. Gonzalo Amaya from Cochabamba is in great physical shape and he plays very smart and safe. He focuses on great preparation and consistency.Osvaldo Antezana who is also from Cochabamba is a player with a powerful and effective drive serve.

    Rogelio Medina (La Paz) is a crazy good player. He makes the game of racquetball look easy and beautiful with his amazing shots. Ricardo Monroy from Santa Cruz is the perfect example of psychological, physical and technical preparation. He is still playing and is currently the number 1 player in Bolivia. His talent, perseverance, discipline is the best example for kids all around Bolivia.

    Nowadays there are many young racquetball Open players, Jorge Zambrana,Santiago Canedo (He lives in chile),Felipe Mercado,Walter Almendares, Nelson Aguilar, Kadim Carrasco ,Roland and Carlos Keller ,Finally the last promise from Cochabamba Marcelo Vargas (junior) 12 years old and World Junior Champion 2007.

    How doesn’t talk about the women, wonderful girls have been playing around the Bolivia , Maria Fernanda Romero (Santa Cruz) many times National champion, she has a extraordinary talent the precision in every shot grate player, Yaque Parada really good player ,She always is hungry to win amazing player and many titles for Bolivia. However I have to mention about grate racquetball players like Carola Loma, Yeny Daza, Yasmin Sabja and Maria Jose Vargas .

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  • Racquetball in Bolivia

    Currently Bolivia is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in South America in racquetball popularity and level. Bolivia has talented players and everyday is gaining ground on the U.S and Mexico. Racquetball in Bolivia is the most important sport since there are many junior World Champions and Bolivian pros have won many South American and International tournaments.

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    Hi my name Is Manuel Flores Zavala and I’m from Bolivia. I will be posting lots of racquetball tips and information about everything concerning racquetball! Let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to help!

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