Racquetball After 40 – How You Younger, Quicker Playeradmin
Beat My Return to Racquetball Started six months ago, shortly after my 42nd birthday. After a session in the 4-wall ping-pong room, I quickly remembered why I love this game. Action. Speed. Aggression. Strategy. Lateral Movement. Body Slams. Talking Trash … Racquetball has it all – plus a great cardio workout. After an hour I was spent.
The next day I also remembered why I stopped playing. Ouch I had pain in places I forgot. But in a couple of weeks, playing regularly 2x a week – and with a dense warm-up routine – my body was quickly adjusted.
I'm not a doctor or a professional athlete, but I love sports and stay Active, and I've learned what to do to keep my aging body in play. If you want to go back to racquetball (and know … I know you do!) Here are three areas to focus on playing and winning.
1. Do not sign checks Your body can not be valid
The adrenaline of the game can motivate you to play games that will punish your body. The two most common body wreckers are: diving for the ball and walking in a wall. Add your joints and hit the ball too hard and you have a recipe for a serious body after your court session. If you play multiple times a week, these nasty bumps and pulling can lead to serious injuries, which takes considerable time. If you are over 40, you probably have a few more LB's than you did when you played in your 20s. Extra weight, combined with hard collisions and lungs, will lead to chinbones, knee bands or retractions (or all!). I've had them, and the only way to recover is usually NINDER for a long time – and that's just not fun.
Do not let your pride get the best of you. I lost many partners who played a good fight for one game but could not come back next week to play again.
Use your head. Stretch out for at least 15 minutes before playing. Beyond your rack with a short jog. Play against the side walls for at least 5 minutes. Practice the low on the ground – it's the low lungs that lead to muscle twitching, so warming up muscles before playing.
Treat your wounds ASAP. Do not be a hero and spend a week around it – if you start the path of a long-lasting nasty damage. Ice cream, jacuzzi, scoop it, do it, etc. Leave your sleep so that your body can heal. Take glucosamine for your joints. If you take care of your body, it will acclimatize … just do not expect to return as it did in your 20's!
2. Gear Up
Goggle, Shoes, Racquet Glove and Knee Support. This is your required battle gear.
Yes, glasses may appear … but eyeballs can not be replaced. Every time I consider shutting off my goggles, I finally do a shot on the mug. A compressed racquetball that pulls your eye contact can strain your eyeball tight. Enough said. Bring 2 pairs and rotate if one is noticeable.
Shoes. You need good shoes that fit well. Do not pack your old nikes – get some new shoes. You do not need a fortune. Get 2 cheap pairs that you can rotate so the shoes have the time to recover. If your ankles are a bit out of practice, consider basketball shoes for additional support. If you are a single, you have been on a wounded reserve for some time now. Or you can wrap your ankles before playing. Hey! It's not about lookin 'pretty … it's about winning!
Racquet glove. Hold your wrist from getting a carpal tunnel from the stairs of the raquet. Worth the small investment.
Knee support. I'm not a big man … 170 pounds, 5 & 10 "- and I'm in OK shape. But I'm wearing knee pads, and I'll tell you why. Because my knees had a pounding. You want to play hard , You will eventually dive for the ball or squirt the floor. You are a warrior – you can not help! In the heat of the battle your knees will make the effort, but the next day you will hurt and any subsequent game. .. they get worse and worse. Soon you have to stop playing for a while. Let's see it – you're no longer 20. Your body needs time to repair and you have to go to work monday and still have a packet Be for all your families' junk! Make sure you have enough body left for your family!
Do not show up With Velcro knee socks … you're not laying on the tile! Easy slip-on, Breathable latex type knee strings that are not so tight that they restrict movement, help to survive your knees.
3. Winning strategy: Placement and positioning. Especially Y important if you play a younger dollar that has the energy to burn. To save your energy you need to play smart. Playing smart means placing the ball in the right place and placing your body in the right place on the right. Touching the ball hard does not play games. Put the ball where your opponent does not. Run the bastard run. Make them dive. Make sure you have pity!
Here are some tips I've learned that increase your chances of winning.
1. Quiver O & # 39; Serves. You must have 3 or 4 good operating in your arsenal. Difference to your service. Look back before serving to see where your opponent is. Striking in the back corner is good, but play it out of the sidewall before it landes. Touch one who goes to your opponent's ankles – fast. Mix in a dying high-corner lobe that you can not play from the back wall. Includes a quick ball-walled backhand. As soon as your opponent hits your server, keep it moving and speed up the operation. Do not give them time to determine.
2. Body Positioning. In general, regarding the position, try to stay in the middle of the court. If you're against a wall, hit a cross-ward shot so that the ball returns to where you are – what your opponent forces against your wall. Do not interfere with the ball. If your opponent is in court, drive him back with a ceiling-first shot that takes him back. If you're in an angle, get out of here and get to the center as quickly as possible. Stay in the middle.
3. Wait for the ball. If you get a good advance, do not blow it. If you see a job where you can hit the ball, make sure you're accurate in your shot. When you're done completely, you get too hard and the ball will hit too high, allowing your opponent to come back with a back wall.
If the ball passes you, not big. Turn around and play it from the back wall. Play your game, not your opponents game.
4. Find the Achilles heel. Play some shots early in the game to find your opponents weak. But do not experiment if you have a shot. Kill. Toys with your opponent when you can afford it.
5. Keep the operation! You can not score if you do not have the server. If you return a server, it's GAME on time. Get the service all the way back. Do not let your opponent run a tab. How do you do this when they have a bad service? Learn how to read your opponent's body language. Usually, a server will telegraph their movement & # 39; With a switch of the feet, a wrist swivel, a drop of the shoulder. This little reads & # 39; Give that extra milli second a jump on that server and retrieve that SOB from the server box.
6. Placement, placement, placement. Let your opponent run, scramble, dive. Each shot must be difficult to return. That does not mean it must be a shot, or a hard ball. To place the ball where your opponent is not, you need to know where they are! What leads to my next tip.
7. Watch the ball and watch your opponent. Develop your kung fu senses. When your opponent scores, they usually hit bad returns (except the occasional LUCKY kill shot!). Try to anticipate where their next shot is going.
8. And finally, my favorite tip. If you really want to play, play at least 2x a week and play with someone better than you! My regular partner stores me almost any game. He's just Ninja good. A large arsenal of deadly service. A bad shot (front and backhand). And an excellent strategic player. This man competed competitively when he was younger and never stopped. But I get him up and I hit him a couple of times. I'd rather have a challenge for a win. I also beat other racquetball players easily.
BUT … I do not recommend being obsessed and playing 5+ times a week. You save your body and burn your thirst for the game. Find some regular guests that you can play and stick to a schedule.
Have fun, cross-train, play hard, and keep those guys running!