Understanding and Improving Technique of the Net Game

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Do not Use the Wrist on your Forehand Volley

An effective forehand volley requires a firm wrist. The movement of the racquet head comes from the forearm and shoulder. The wrist will increase the power of the volleys but also the mistakes. Keep the wrist firm and enjoy the control!...

How to Handle Body-shots at the Net

When at the net facing a ball that comes straight at you, your best option is to use a backhand volley. Unless you have time to move out of the way, you will never reach an effective position with a forehand volley. To get a...

Hitting Better Wide Forehand Volleys

The normal tendency on wide forehand volleys is to hit the ball in the net. This is because as you stretch your racquet head will naturally close. In order to avoid this, change your grip to open the racquet head when stretched. Here is...

Using the Topspin or Swinging Volley

A topspin volley allows you to take a high, slow ball in the air and hit it aggressively. The shot is technically very similar to a shoulder level shot. It requires a short backswing and great acceleration. Make sure you add this importa...

Use the Topspin Volley as a Transition Shot

A topspin volley is a transition shot, usually hit on your way tot he net. Once you are at the net you have to use regular volleys. Make sure you are moving forward after the swinging volley to get closer to the net and finish the point....

Two handed Backhand Swinging Volley

If you have a two handed backhand learning to hit a swinging volley is a must to help you take advantage of high, slow balls. Normally, the opponent will hit the ball high to defend against a very forcing groundstroke. A player with a go...

Learning to hit an Effective Drop Volley

A drop volley is a very effective tool to allow you to change the rhythm of the point. This shot requires you to learn to dampen the opponents shot and dump the volley over the net so that it bounces close to the net. Here is a drill tha...

Use an Aggressive Stance at the Net

At the net there is no time to waste. If you are not ready to move you have no chance, therefore, make sure that you use an aggressive, athletic stance that will allow you to pounce on the ball. To get access to the videos a...

The Ideal Place to Practice your Volleys

The best place to practice your volleys is at the service line. There you will receive all sorts of volleys: high, low, half volleys, etc. Practicing too close to the net will make you feel good but will not develop your net game. ...

Move Through your Volleys

A short backswing is essential to execute solid volleys. However, keeping the backswing short does limit your power on the volleys. To compensate for that, use your body. Move through the shot. To get access to the videos an...

How to Hit Better Low Volleys

A common mistake on low volleys is to try to hit up on the ball. Instead, the best way to handle these types of shots is to open the racquet head more and hit through the ball. Let’s take a look! To get access to the video...

Keep your Shoulders Level for Better Volleys

In order to hit a solid volley, you need to be able to swing through the shot. That is, you need to set the racquet behind the incoming ball and push through. Keeping your shoulders level and using your knees to lower your racquet head ...

Synchronize Legs and Arm Better Volleys

In order to hit a better volley, use the body momentum. Work on stepping into the shot so that the ball contacts the strings at the same time as your foot contacts the ground. To get access to the videos and premium media, j...

Use your Knees to Adjust to the Ball

Although it is not possible to hit every volley at chest level, it is still a good goal to pursue. This way of thinking will force you to really get low for lower volleys by bending your knees, which will keep your body in a much more s...

Overhead – Let Very High Lobs Bounce

As a general rule, you should never let a lob bounce. It is always a lot more effective to fight to hit the ball in the air. However, there is one situation when letting the lob bounce is probably the correct decision and that is when th...

How to Hit an Overhead after the Ball Bounces

The key to hitting a solid overhead after the bounce is to make sure you back up more than needed so that you are moving forward before you hit the overhead. Having to adjust backwards after letting the ball bounce is much harder and le...

Understanding the Scissor Kick Overhead

When forced back to hit a deep lob, the scissor-kick overhead is the best tool. The scissor-kick overhead allows players to hit an aggressive overhead moving backwards. The players jump up using their back leg at the same time as they s...

The ideal Footwork For Shorter Overheads

Getting your body to the ideal position is very important when hitting an overhead. When the players have time, they should use small, quick steps to get under the ball. Ideally, they should get their body into the ideal position early ...

Volley – Think Catch for Great Volleys

The key to great volleying is to change your mentality. At the net you need to think about catching the ball – not hitting the ball. Set your strings right behind the ball and then just push. To get access to the videos an...

Move Through the Half Volleys

Half volleys are transition shots usually hit while moving towards the net. They require a very short backswing and a fluid, compact swing. Therefore it is important to use the body momentum to help control the shot. Players should focu...

Half volley Technique

Hitting a half volley requires a very short backswing and a low to high swing. Setting the racquet head behind and under the bounce of the ball and hitting up and out will help you control the shot. Drop the racquet head slightly so tha...

Volley Contact Point – Forehand and Backhand

It is important to differentiate between the contact point on the forehand volley and on the backhand volley. On the Forehand you want to make contact in front of the body with the wrist laid back. On the backhand, the contact is more on...

Keep a Firm Wrist on your Forehand Volley

A solid forehand volley is a compact shot with little motion. The pace on the ball is generated by the body moving through the ball and by a compact swing using mainly the forearm. The wrist remains firm at contact to help the player co...

Overhead – The Backhand Overhead

The general tule is to always hit a forehand overhead when you can. However, once in a while the lob will come so quickly that a forehand overhead is not possible. In those cases a player has to be prepared to hit a backhand overhead. Th...