| By Joel Ross

Is hitting tennis balls on a racquetball court (or squash court) helpful to your tennis game? The answer is unequivocally ... YES! I am living proof ... 63-years-old and still improving. It is amazing! 

For 100 days in a row (a little extreme), I have been hitting on the racquetball court at my local JCC for a half-hour. That's a lot of hitting, with an average of 35 balls per minute. Do the math. I work on my groundstrokes, volleys and serve. It is a very intense half-hour.  

It has translated to a tangible improvement on the court: For the first time in my life, I am actually hitting a topspin backhand. My serve has improved, as has my arm strength. My volleys are much improved as well.

Our campers will be using three squash courts this summer under my tutelage, and we are expecting great results.  

Here is a 45 second video of Joel practicing slice backhands on a racquetball court.

Joel Ross

<p>Joel Ross is owner/director of <a href="http://joelrosstennis.com">Joel Ross Tennis &amp; Golf Camp</a> in Kent, Conn. Over the past 22 years, more than 5,000 campers have enjoyed the<a href="http://joelrosstennis.com"> &quot;Joel Ross&quot; tennis camp</a> experience. Joel was NYS High School Singles Champion in 1967 and 1968 while playing for Westbury High School on Long Island. He was Big 10 Singles Champion in 1971 while attending University of Michigan and was on the cover of <em>Tennis Magazine</em> that year. He was player/coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Tennis Team in 1977 and won a gold medal in mens doubles with his partner, Peter Rennert. He may be reached by e-mail at&nbsp;<a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">info@</a><a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">joelrosstennis.com</a>.</p>