Every participant in a Cliff Swain racquetball clinic gets a personal video analysis of their forehand and backhand from Cliff. This is a key starting point because solid swing mechanics are critical to playing high-percentage racquetball.
Cliff first takes a video of himself hitting a forehand and a backhand. He then takes video of each clinic participant doing the same. He later shows the players their videos side by side with his, pointing out strengths and weaknesses, and talking about the effect of each peculiarity in the swing. Many players point to this analysis as an important part of improving their mechanics and, ultimately, their game.
The video below shows Cliff hitting a simple, easy forehand. First it’s shown at regular speed and then at half-speed. You can analyze your own swing mechanics using this clip. Have a friend take a video of you hitting a forehand, just like I’m doing for Cliff in the photo above. The more your video looks like Cliff’s, the better: stand upright, swing level, and contact the ball with the strings parallel to the front wall.
Note: If you’re having trouble and would like to have Cliff analyze your swing mechanics, you have three good options. You can attend one of Cliff’s racquetball clinics: check out our Find Cliff page to see when and where Cliff has clinics scheduled. If you live near an area where Cliff is traveling, you can also arrange for a private or semi-private lesson with him. (His travel schedule is on the Find Cliff page too.) If neither of those options work for you, you can always get Cliff to do some video coaching: visit our video coaching page to learn how that works and to see some samples.