Different in Competition

Practice vs league or competition play! I watch players hit amazing shots in practice but in a tournament have real problems hitting any shot. I have learned you have to account for the difference between practice and competitive play. In practice you have to push yourself and be unkind to yourself. Do not be happy more »

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Want Perfect or Wins?

Another day in the life of Coach Winterton– I am going over video with one of my athletes and the topic of shot selection comes up. I am noticing something at crucial points in the match. Now stay with me out there in racquetball land because this is important. The left corner pinch is attempted more »

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Ok, Time Outs but What about Time Ins?

Keep your opponent under pressure! Time outs in Racquetball are an art form. Scenario-you are winning and your opponent calls a timeout to regroup. Time is now in and we are ready to continue and you are serving. This is an opportunity to put your opponent away. If you can win these next rallies it more »

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If you Believe-Works 2 Ways!

Mental tenacity- I remember years ago I got roped into coaching high school tennis. The kids were drilled and schooled and looked great in warmups and practice. In the match however, when the going got tough, they went South. One particular match I had had enough. They played a team that was favored over us. more »

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Talent Plus Technique Beats Talent!

Okay so here I am working for hours with two new athletes. We get some secret sauce going and work on hitting the ball flat for over three hours. Same athlete goes to work with a well-meaning coach learning and that athlete’s game heads south instead of north! It reminded me of a quote by more »

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The Hay is in the Barn!

There is an old football saying, “The hay is in the barn”. I guess it would be a rural football saying but basically it means we have prepared the best we can (the hay is for the winter so the animals can eat on the farm). We should apply the same to racquetball. Think about more »

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Practice vs Competition

Practice vs league or competition play! I watch players hit amazing shots in practice but in a tournament have real problems hitting any shot. I have learned you have to account for the difference between practice and competitive play. In practice you have to push yourself and be unkind to yourself. Do not be happy more »

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Practice Plans

Training days!! Across my desk came this request. “Please set up a training schedule for this athlete for three weeks.” Whoa! First, I do not know this athlete’s personal schedule. I can make a great training schedule and if the athlete cannot go to the club on Tuesdays or Thursdays, what good would my schedule more »

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Stay Centered!

It seems like a simple thing but it is not. Keep your upper body over your lower body. Say what? Okay–you should not be bending forward at the waist to get to a shot. This puts you off balance. Arch your lower back, stay straight and centered. Your movement will be much better. How in more »

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