Becoming a successful racquetball pro requires the proper mental attitude. Above all, there needs to be a totalappreciation for the precision involved. At the highest level, it is a game of inches. An inch or two on the front wall target will separate a successful drive serve from one that comes off the back wall for a set up. Inches to the right or to the left can make the difference between a successful passing shot and one that is hit at an angle that will bring the ball to where the opponent is located.
This attitude must be taken to the practice court. I have an expression as coach, “Make it boring (for everyone except your coach).” That is, “Do not fail to hit a rally ending shot when the opportunity is there.” The greatest player ever, Kane Waselenchuk, understands this perfectly. With him, it’s all business, get the match done, and get back to the hotel room. One of our players has said, “But the game is not fun if the rallies are so short.” To be a successful professional, the attitude must be, “kill or be killed.”
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