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.
- 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.