Overheard in racquetball talk with the fans!
Athletes should be able to hit the ball any way they want to, not the way I want them to. The theory is that everyone has a swing like a snowflake and no two are correct. As out late great President, John F Kennedy used to say, “Let me say this about that.” Why do I change peoples’ mechanics and footwork?
Well in come cases I modify more than change; especially in senior players but I try to get folks using their body to hit the ball more than their arm or back. Why?
1. So they can hit the ball harder? Yes, but not the main reason.
2. So they can keep the ball out of center court? Yes, but not the main reason.
3. So they can hit better serves? Yes, but not the main reason.
4. So they can be more consistent and have more control? Yes, but not the main reason!
What is the main reason? To prevent injury and to have a longer racquetball career. That is the main reason.
The footwork I teach was being taught to Cam Newton before his rookie year at the IMG academy according to my friend who interned there and with whom I work with in business.
When I showed these scientific experts many of my competitor’s footwork and technique it got a thumbs down. So it is not an opinion peculiar to me; it is scientific fact that what I teach is the safest and most efficient.