So now we’re going to discuss the drive serve.
This serve is the most aggressive serve in racquetball, where you’re hitting the ball
pretty much as hard as you possibly can, very low, just crossing the short line, without
hitting the back wall. Again, you’re trying to get your opponent, the person returning
the serve, on the defense right away, so that they just flip up a shot, and it’s a setup,
and you can crush them. That’s basically what you’re trying to get out of the drive serve,
is a defensive shot, a defensive return, so that you can be on the offense right at the
beginning of the rally. It basically starts with the footwork. You line up with the left
foot in front of the right if you’re right handed. If you’re left handed, then it’s the
left foot in front of the right, racket in hand this way. Hold up, that’s not right,
it’s the right foot in front of the left and it goes this way. So, hopefully you understand
this so far. Left foot in front of the right, as you are going into your stance, you drop
the ball and step through. All the momentum’s going through the ball, so as you drop, at
the same time that your back foot goes, your momentum runs through and you smash the ball
straight back, straight in and out as hard as you can. That’s the drive serve, it looks
something like this.
That’s the drive serve, it looks just like that. You can go to the forehand, you can
go to the backhand, you can go to the middle, but that is the basics behind the drive serve.

How to Play Racquetball : The Drive Serve in Racquetball
Tagged on:                                             

26 thoughts on “How to Play Racquetball : The Drive Serve in Racquetball

  • August 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm
    Permalink

    that would be a SHORT drive serve…

    Reply
  • October 1, 2008 at 4:02 am
    Permalink

    This would be a good video if you didn't fault on your serve and break the 3 foot plane with your racquet. You might want to learn the rules before you teach.

    Reply
  • October 14, 2008 at 9:39 pm
    Permalink

    break 3 foot pane w racquet? please enlighten 🙂

    Reply
  • November 26, 2008 at 6:26 pm
    Permalink

    love the "drive serve" pose…classic !

    Reply
  • November 26, 2008 at 6:27 pm
    Permalink

    love the "dive serve" pose! btw…the serve was short. LOL

    Reply
  • January 18, 2009 at 11:45 pm
    Permalink

    Shawn does NOT play on the IRT tour. Go to the IRT website, click on rankings and it shows the top 349. He's not there.

    He's announced racquetball for tennis channel, he has a part in WOR (world outdoor racquetball), and by everyone's account seems to be a very nice guy.

    He's just a little clueless when it comes to TEACHING racquetball. This is a clear violation of the drive serve zones rule, and I'm amazed that he didn't realize it. His other videos are just as bad, sadly.

    Reply
  • January 28, 2009 at 3:07 am
    Permalink

    He's a pro, teaching technique. We all know its a short serve, sonny.

    You are blown away easily. Bye.

    Reply
  • February 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    Permalink

    why is everyone hating so bad…geez take it easy people so quick to hate

    Reply
  • April 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    Permalink

    two things. first of all it was an illegal serve because he drove it down the right lane and he was in the right lane. secondly, he doesn't use his hips on the serve =(

    Reply
  • April 18, 2009 at 1:13 am
    Permalink

    "Apparently you don't have to follow the rules like "the rest of us."
    This is typical twentieth century American "whitey knows best" mentality. "

    — I've heard of reading things into a statement, but this takes the cake.

    Reply
  • April 30, 2009 at 3:43 am
    Permalink

    Thank you so much for all of your tips. Great presentation. Easy to follow even by the beginners like me. I don't understand why these people are leaving hateful comments??? You are giving great tips on the technique. Yes the serve was short, but that is not the point in this video. This is why humans have wars; you are ready to bark at someone who's helping you. Unbelievable. Keep up the good work and thank you.

    Reply
  • May 28, 2009 at 7:25 am
    Permalink

    I'm a certified instructor, and part of my certification was studying and being tested on the rules of racquetball. This is a drive serve violation, clearly. I'm sorry you don't understand the rules.

    His racquet broke the plane of the drive serve line while he hit a ball to the same side of the court. Clear as a bell. No room for argument. And of course it was short.

    Sad that you would call someone an idiot over this. LOL.

    Reply
  • July 11, 2009 at 3:29 am
    Permalink

    I'm pretty sure my comments were misunderstood. I was replying to another comment, not to Shawn Royster himself. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

    I disagree that this video is healthy for beginners who should be focusing on proper technique as well as following the rules. That's why so many people have pointed out the fault serve, not just myself.

    I do agree with you that having someone teach racquetball over youtube is excellent for the game. That's why I do it too. 😎

    Take care.

    Reply
  • November 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    Permalink

    it was short wat a great example

    Reply
  • January 5, 2010 at 11:12 pm
    Permalink

    For real. best comment on this vid. ha. He was just stating the basics. DUH. THanks.

    Reply
  • January 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    Permalink

    All the jackasses complaining about it being short are missing everything this video has to teach. He is teaching racquet and feet movement for the serve. Sure he could have filmed it over and over to get a perfect drive serve, but this is a free video. He tells the rules in a video before this one so he clearly understands them, to even suggest that he doesn't shows how big of an a-hole some youtubelosers can be.

    Reply
  • February 15, 2010 at 12:57 am
    Permalink

    He is demonstrating an illegal serve. The head of the racquet goes way over the 2nd line from the wall. That line cannot be crossed by the racquet at all is you are driving the ball down the line as he did. That is the sole purpose of that line so that servers have to stand back a little and not intentionally screen the ball on drive serves

    Reply
  • September 18, 2010 at 12:37 am
    Permalink

    @gweller dude, they are not missing the point. they just don't wanna learn anything because they think they are so much better.

    Reply
  • April 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm
    Permalink

    Where are your glasses? I wouldn't drive serve down the line without them

    Reply
  • June 23, 2011 at 1:33 am
    Permalink

    That serve was short, dude.

    Reply
  • February 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    Permalink

    SHORT!

    Reply
  • May 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    Permalink

    As instructed, that serve is a fault. You can't drive serve through the screen zone. If you're going to take the time to instruct, make sure you do it right. For a guy who's played racquetball his entire life, you should know this better than anyone.

    Reply
  • October 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm
    Permalink

    Your dick is short, dude.

    Reply
  • January 24, 2013 at 2:50 am
    Permalink

    You might want to check the rules again. The "imaginary Plane" is only referred to the return line. As long as the server does not cross the line (he can touch it) he can break the plane.

    Reply
  • July 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    Permalink

    What happnes if i'm receiving a serve but I hit the ball before it bounces on the floor. Is that ok? or is that a fault?

    Reply
  • September 14, 2013 at 4:22 am
    Permalink

    Thank you, EV…who is that guy…is he a pro. Very good instructor! He's pretty hot too!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *