The Volley - How & Why! Part 2

In this video, we are going to dive into volley principles, positioning ourselves to volley, the purpose for our volleys and the technical aspects of volleys. Get ready to discover a whole of of the HOW and the WHY of successful volley play!

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  • Duration: 13:28
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Course Outline and Notes

Key points to remember for video 2 on the volley:

Positioning at the net:

-We want to be between approximately half way forward from the service line to the net when we make our first volley.

- After the first volley, we want to close in toward the net to cut off our opponent's angles if at all possible.


- By nature, the volley is a placement shot, not a 'power' shot.

- The goal is to either put your opponent on the defensive and/or place the volley for a winner.

- We don't break form and try to swing at the volley to hit it harder so our opponent can't get the ball. We PLACE the volley in a spot that's tough for our opponent to get to.

- Many times your first volley will not be enough to win the point, which is why we close in and prepare to volley a second time.

- ALWAYS assume your opponent will get your first volley back, so that you are prepared to hit another if you need to.

Technically speaking:

- We want to redirect our opponents pace and use it to guide the ball to where we want it to go.

- The furthest back we take the racket is to our side, as this will improve our accuracy, and keep us from trying to 'swing' at the ball.

- We use the left hand to support the racket and keep the racket head up and get us turned in preparation to volley.

- Imagine that your back is to a wall so you can't take it back any farther, as we do NOT want to 'swing' at the ball!
- We cock the wrist as we turn, to keep it locked in place and firm for support as the racket strike the ball.

- We step forward with our left foot for our forehand volley and with our right foot for our backhand volley, using our body weight to power shot.