Racquetball After 40 – Easy methods to Beat the Youthful, Sooner Participant

My return to racquetball began six months in the past, shortly after my forty second birthday. After one session within the 4-wall ping-pong chamber, I rapidly remembered why I like this recreation. Motion. Velocity. Aggression. Technique. Lateral Motion. Physique Slams. Trash speaking…Racquetball has all that – plus an incredible cardio exercise. After an hour, I used to be spent.

The subsequent day, I additionally remembered why I finished enjoying. Ouch. Sore in locations I forgot I had. Nevertheless, inside a number of weeks of standard play 2X every week – and with a diligent heat up routine – my physique rapidly acclimated.

I’m not a physician or knowledgeable athlete, however I like to play sports activities and keep energetic, and I’ve realized what to do to maintain my getting old physique within the recreation. If you wish to get again into racquetball (and c’mon…I do know you do!) listed below are three areas that you must deal with to maintain enjoying… and profitable.

1. Do not Write Checks Your Physique Cannot Money

The adrenaline of the sport can inspire you to make performs which might be going to punish your physique. The 2 most typical physique wreckers are: diving for the ball and operating right into a wall. Add to that hyperextending your joints and hitting the ball too onerous and you’ve got a recipe for a significantly taxed physique after your court docket session. In the event you play a number of instances every week, these nagging bumps and pulls can flip into critical accidents that can take you vital time to recuperate. In the event you’re over 40, you in all probability have a number of extra LB’s than you probably did if you performed in your 20’s. Additional weight mixed with onerous impacts and lunges will result in both heel bruises, knee strains, or again pulls (or all of them!). I’ve had them, and the one solution to recuperate is normally to do NOTHING for a very long time – and that simply aint no enjoyable.

Do not let your delight get the perfect of you. I’ve misplaced plenty of enjoying companions who put up a very good battle for one recreation, however could not come again subsequent week to play once more.

Use your head. Stretch out for a minimum of quarter-hour earlier than you play. Precede your stretch with a brief jog. Play towards the facet partitions for a minimum of 5 minutes. Follow enjoying low to the bottom – it is the low lunges that result in muscle pulls, so warmup that muscle behaviour earlier than you play.

Take care of your post-game battle wounds ASAP. Do not be a hero and limp round for every week – in case you do you are beginning down the trail of a long-term nagging harm. Ice it, jacuzzi it, asprin it, wrap it, and so on. Get sleep so your physique can heal. Take glucosamine to your joints. In the event you care for your physique, it should acclimate…simply do not count on it to spring again prefer it did in your 20’s!

2. Gear Up

Goggle, Sneakers, Racquet glove and Knee Help. That is your required battle gear.

Sure, goggles can fog up…however eyeballs can’t be changed. Each time I ponder peeling off my goggles – I find yourself taking a shot to the mug. A compressed racquetball hitting your eye socket can suck your eyeball proper out. Sufficient stated. Convey 2 pairs and rotate them when one fogs up.

Sneakers. You want good sneakers, that match snugly. Do not seize your historical nikes – get some new sneakers. You need not lay our a fortune. Get 2 low-cost pairs that you would be able to rotate so the sneakers have time to recuperate. In case your ankles are a bit off form, you might wish to take into account basketball sneakers for additional assist. In the event you flip an ankle you’re on injured reserve for fairly some time. Or, you possibly can wrap your ankles earlier than you play. Hey! It ain’t about lookin’ fairly…it is about profitable!

Racquet glove. Retains your wrist from getting carpal tunnel from straining to grip the raquet. Well worth the small funding.

Knee assist. I am not a giant man…170 kilos, 5′ 10″ – and I am in OK form. However, I put on knee helps, and I am going to let you know why. As a result of my knees had been taking a pounding. If you wish to play onerous, you’ll find yourself diving for the ball or scrambling off the ground. You are a warrior – you possibly can’t assist it! Within the warmth of battle, your knees will take the hit, however the subsequent day you will be hurting. And every following recreation…they’re going to worsen, and worse. Quickly, you will need to cease enjoying for some time. Let’s face it – you are not 20 anymore. Your physique wants time to recuperate. Plus that you must go to work on Monday and nonetheless be a pack-mule for your whole households’ junk! Be sure you have sufficient physique left over for your loved ones!

Do not present up with velcro knee pads…you are not laying tile! Easy slip-on, breathable latex kind knee helps that are not so tight that they limit motion will assist your knees survive.

3. Successful Technique: Placement & Positioning. Particularly necessary in case you’re enjoying youthful bucks which have vitality to burn. To preserve your vitality, that you must play sensible. Enjoying sensible includes inserting the ball in the fitting spot, and positioning your physique in the fitting spot on the court docket. Hitting the ball onerous would not win video games. Placing the ball the place your opponent isn’t does. Make the bastard run. Make ’em dive. Make ’em beg for mercy!

Listed here are a number of enjoying suggestions I’ve realized that improve your odds of profitable.

1. Quiver O’ Serves. It is best to have 3 or 4 good serves in your arsenal. Differ up your serve. Look again earlier than you serve to see the place your opponent is. Hitting into the backhand nook is sweet, however have it play off the facet wall earlier than it lands. Hit one which goes to your opponents ankles – quick. Combine in a dying high-corner lob that you would be able to’t play off the again wall. Embrace a quick ball wall-hugging backhand. When you get your opponent hanging out in your serve, preserve various it and feed the serves quick. Do not give them time to get set.

2. Physique Positioning. Typically, almost about place, attempt to keep in the course of the court docket. In the event you’re towards a wall, hit a cross wall shot so the ball returns again to the place you’re – which forces your opponent to your wall. Do not hinder the ball. In case your opponent is up entrance within the court docket, drive him again with a ceiling-first shot that forces him again. If you end up in a nook, get out of it and return to the center as rapidly as doable. Keep within the center.

3. Anticipate the Ball. If you get a very good forehand shot, do not blow it. In the event you see a lane the place you possibly can hit the ball, be sure to are ACCURATE in your shot. In the event you’re all juiced up, you will hit it too onerous and the ball will bounce too excessive, which permits your opponent to recuperate with a again wall return.

If the ball goes previous you, no massive. Flip round and play it off the again wall. Play your recreation, not you opponents recreation.

4. Discover the Achilles Heel. Play a wide range of photographs early within the recreation to seek out your opponents weak spot. However do not experiment when you could have a kill shot. Take the kill. Toy together with your opponent when you possibly can afford it.

5. Maintain the Serve! You may’t rating if you do not have the serve. If you’re are returning a serve, it’s GAME ON time. Get the serve again in any respect prices. Do not let your opponent run up a tab. How do you do that after they have a depraved serve? Learn to learn your opponents physique language. Normally a server will ‘telegraph’ their transfer with a swap of the ft, a flip of the wrist grip, a drop of the shoulder. These little ‘reads’ provides you with that additional milli-second to get a soar on that serve and get that SOB out of the server field.

6. Placement, placement, placement. Make your opponent run, scramble, dive. EVERY shot ought to be onerous to return. That does not imply it must be a kill shot, or a tough hit ball. To put the ball the place your opponent is not, that you must know the place they’re! Which results in my subsequent tip.

7. Watch the ball and watch your opponent. Develop your kung fu senses. In case your opponent is scrambling, they’re usually going to hit weak returns (aside from the often LUCKY kill shot!). Attempt to anticipate the place their subsequent shot goes.

8. And lastly, my favourite tip. In the event you actually wish to get higher, play a minimum of 2X every week, and play with somebody who is healthier than you! My common companion beats me just about each recreation. He’s merely Ninja good. An enormous arsenal of lethal serves. A depraved kill shot (forehand and backhand). And a very good strategic participant. This man performed competitively when he was youthful and by no means stopped. BUT, I am gaining on him and I’ve overwhelmed him a number of instances. I desire a problem to a win. I additionally beat different racquetball gamers simply.

BUT… I do not advocate getting obsessed and enjoying 5+ instances every week. You will beat up your physique and burn out your thirst for the sport. Discover some regulars you possibly can play with and persist with a schedule.

Have enjoyable, cross-train, play onerous, and preserve these younger guys RUNNING!


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