The Volley - How & Why!

During most points in a tennis match, if you are hitting a are in a good position to win that point! So many times, however...we screw it up! Whether you play singles or doubles, NOW is the time that we are going to figure out, once and for all, how to put the odds in our favor and put our opponents on the defense! 

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Course Outline and Notes

Key points to remember for video 1 on the volley:


- At its base level, a volley is a shot taken in the air before it bounces.

- Most volleys are hit either on the way to the net, or at the net, simply due to the dimensions of the tennis court.

- The proper mindset to have when volleying is not to be fearful, but to be protective of your side of the net, as in "This is MY house, and you're NOT going to get in!"

- The lower body plays a key role in the volley.

- We want to keep our legs slightly flexed, ready for for the ball we are anticipating. Good examples are hockey and soccer goalies.

The Grip and Ready Position:

- We want to keep the racket up and in front of us, in order to be ready for the approaching ball.

- We need to use the same grip for the forehand and backhand volley, due to a decreased reaction time, and the grip to use in the continental grip.

- The volley is the only stroke that ALL pros will ALWAYS hit with a continental grip - that should get rid of any doubts.

-We want to keep the slight, natural flex in our arms, as we would have when we walk down the street.

- A one-hand distance works well for measuring the distance between our torso and the butt of the racket.

- Keeping the racket up and in front of our bodies sets the tone for being prepared to volley.