Squaring the Face on the Volley

The keys to improve your volley include

  • Simplify the preparation – on the first move the strings must face the ball

  • Use a brief but solid blocking action

  • Finish with the racquet face in an identical alignment – means no wrist actio

Certainly there are exceptions that vary with the nature of the incoming ball

  • On floaters you may be able to add pace to the incoming ball by lengthening the hitting action

  • When incoming balls are faster you may able to “borrow” the pace

  • But in all instances the best mental picture is “Wall to the Ball”

With apologies there is a little more going on here

  • My weight moved to the back (right) foot when I prepared

  • I shifted my weight during the hitting action

  • Very subtle but equally important – called “coming against the ball”

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  • Marek Sikora

    Reply Reply January 15, 2020

    Absolutely agree.

    Doubles and volleys go hand in hand… if you play doubles you are more often than not at net so volley is your best weapon. SO that weapon needs honing.

    I spend every (alone, but not lonely) practice session with 10-15 minutes of volleys against the wall and at varying distance – some close for reaction time training, but back further for technique (to avoid rushing the stroke). Volleys against a wall for 10-15 will give you more volleys than 1-2 hours of a game. with that I observe how to stop the swing and focus on the slight step forward and the block.

    as always, Jim, your short and crisp tips are pearls. thanks for your generous help.


    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply January 15, 2020

      thanks for the note and the idea – I think I will film PMac doing that drill

  • Geoffrey Sohr

    Reply Reply January 14, 2020

    Love your comment…it’s fun to get better

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