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Racquetball. Know all the rules, etiquette, etc. Am familiar with equipment and am active on the applicable newsgroups when I have time. I can be of service to players up to the "advanced" level. Have been playing since the mid 1980s. NOTE: I cannot answer questions on "what kind of racquet should I get?" This is like asking "what kind of dog or car should I get?" There are so many factors I do not know where to begin - how long have you been playing, do you prefer a top heavy or frame heavy racquet, how often do you plan on playing, etc. I recommend you find a pro shop that allows you to "demo" (borrow) racquets. You can usually borrow racquets for one to three days. A borrowing fee may be involved - and if you end up buying the racquet from that shop, it will usually credit you the loaner fees you have already paid against the purchase price of the racquet.

Experience in the area

Won the Ohio State University Intramurals tournament ("A" Division) six out of six times entered.

What do you like about this subject?

The exhilaration of smacking a ball, low and hard against a wall, at 90+ miles per hour is a great stress reliever.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Improve the accuracy of my backhand. While decent, it can use some work. Heck, EVERYBODY can always use improvement! :-)

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

** The top international racquetball players can generate ball speeds of 140+ miles per hour. ** You can sometimes see professional rball tournaments on ESPN 2 very late at night. I recommend you set your DVR/Tivo to "record" if you want to see how rball is played at the highest levels of the sport - not to be missed!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Some people in the rball community feel this sport is slowly dying as it seems to be more difficult to find courts these days than in the past.

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Recent Answers from Rob Chabot

2015-12-29 Cutthroat hinder:

I'm going to have to make a couple of assumptions here and based on your answer, *my* answer changes.    1) After Player A serves to Player B on the left side, the ball remains between Player B and the

2015-03-05 Backwall use during a rally:

I have two answers for this Q:    1) It's definitely not true. There is no official rule that states where you can (or cannot) be when hitting the ball off the back wall. It is definitely false.    2)

2014-10-15 Returning a Z serve:

Sorry for the delay - was out of town.    On your Q - you have two options with Z serves (to either side): i) let it hit the side wall and HOPE it doesn't bounce funny or it gives you enough space between

2014-10-08 rules:

Good question - looks like the USRA changed its website. I couldn't find it initially.    But I did find it.    Go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball/How-To-Play/Rules    The actual link for the

2014-06-23 Racquetball shoes:

Thanks for your question.    Yes, racquetball shoes are DEFINITELY worth it. The **biggest** difference is that with racquetball shoes, you'll get *lateral* support for your feet that you're definitely


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