Volley Technique

While most shots in tennis require you to generate pace, when volleying the most important skill is learning to receive the incoming shot. As you will learn from the videos in our volley technique section, when volleying, less is more. A “quiet” racquet and the integration of all the fundamentals described in the videos will get you ready to handle anything coming at you when at the net.

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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...

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...

Forehand Topspin Volley Swing Path

The swing path for this topspin volley starts around head height. The racquet moves back and down before moving steeply up to contact.  The contact point in this clip is way above the head. As with any heavy topspin shot, the wrist and ...

Two-handed Backhand Topspin Volley

The topspin volley is used in match play as a transition shot from the baseline to the net when players face high slow balls. The contact point is about shoulder level. The player should move through the shot and accelerate the racquet h...

Forehand Topspin Volley

The topspin volley is used in match play as a transition shot from the baseline to the net when players face high slow balls. The contact point is about shoulder level. The player should move through the shot and accelerate the racquet h...

Forehand Half Volley

The forehand half volley requires a very short backswing and a low preparation. The racquet head remains parallel to the net to assure solid contact right after the bounce. The swing is forwards and upwards, and the contact point is belo...

Backhand Half Volley

A one handed backhand volley is a nice addition to the game of a two-handed player.  The same goes for a one handed half volley. Just as with the forehand half volley, the backhand half volley requires a very short backswing and a low p...

High Finishing Forehand Volley

In this analysis we see a player hitting a high volley. Contact is in front of the body around shoulder level. There is very litle wrist movement and the arm is firm. The backswing is compact with a slight shoulder rotation. The playe...

One-handed Backhand Volley from the Side

In this technical demonstration we see a player hitting a medium high backhand voley.  In this type of volley the player makes contact with the ball between the hip and the shoulder and transfers his wieght forward from the left leg to ...

The Forehand Building Volley

The animation shows the path of the racquet on a building forehand, a first volley as the player approaches the net.  On these type of volleys the swing is longer, especially the follow through because in general the ball has to travel ...

Backhand Topspin Volley Swing Path

The swing path of this topspin Backhand volley starts about head height. The lowest point of the swing is about hip height. You can clearly see the use of the wrists at the end of the backswing. The swing moves steeply up to contact befo...

Backhand Half Volley Swing Path

Just as with the forehand half volley, the backhand half volley uses a very compact backswing. The racquet drops on the backswing and then moves up and forwards to contact.  At contact the racquet head is parallel to the net. ...

The Forehand Half Volley Swing Path

The half volley uses a very short backswing starting very close to the ground. The racquet moves down and then up and forwards through contact.  Half volleys are played with little topspin and a firm wrist. To get access to t...

The Backhand Drop Volley Swing Path

As with every slice shot, the swing starts above the contact point with the racquet head above the wrist and descends stepply to contact.  There is practically no forward momentum on the racquet head and hte racquet head moves slightly ...

The Drop Volley Swing Path

The swing path of the forehand drop volley is similar to other drop shot swings, weather in the air or after the bounce. The swing starts with a very short backswing and the racquet head above the wrist. The racquet swings down to find t...