How to practice volleys on a wall?

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  1. jackzon

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    If I have some time to hit against a wall what can I do to practice volleys? Any drills or other suggestions?

    Related question: Any books or videos that can help me with my form on volleys?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

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    Great way to practice your volleys. I am glad your considering this often overlooked form of practice. Especially for this stroke. It is not as exciting as slamming the wall over and over again with your forehand - but IMHO I think the wall is a perfect practice partner for the volley.

    Simply stand 6 - 10 feet from the wall and hit the ball against the wall without the ball touching the ground for as long as you can.

    What will happen is your forearm will get tired. You will learn to wield your racquet and make contact with the ball like someone who is fencing. Make sure you have a net line and try and mix up the pace against the wall without losing control of the ball.
     
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  3. Max G.

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    Yeah, I like doing that. It's pretty difficult though. But it works.
     
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  4. jackzon

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    Thanks, I'll definitely try it.

    But what about form? What if I wind up practicing the wrong stroke?(something I've been known to do for years at a time) Any suggestions on that part of the question?
     
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  5. Bungalo Bill

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    Well are you a beginner?

    Hitting volleys against the wall will help you to keep the racquet out in front. If it gets behind you you lose control.

    Do you know how to hit with proper form?
     
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  6. jackzon

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    I'm a 3.5 on a good day. But volleys are my sloppiest strokes.

    Somewhat, when it comes to volleys. But I'm not clear on how much I'm supposed to move the racquet in order to get some speed on the ball. One instructor recently told me to just get the racquet into the right place to reflect the ball back where I want it to go. Another instructor told me there should be some follow through after hitting. I don't really know if there is a concensus correct opinion on this or if this gets to the personal preference part of form.

    Thanks.
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

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    I agree with both of them. Blocking volleys back is just as important as volleys with a bit of a followthrough. Usually when you're learning how to volley better, coaches try to keep it simple and eliminate unecessary movement.

    You can volley just as effective with very little followthrough so you can let the ball come into the racquet. As you improve, many advanced players or skilled net players will add some finesse and have a followthrough.

    The important thing to know is volleys have very little backswing if any especially on the forehand side. Keep the racquet in front of the shoulder line.
     
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  8. ferreira

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    Excellent kind of practice. In my case, the stroke that benefits most form wall practice is the volley. Just as Bungalo put it. Hit until your arm falls off!! Plain and simple. You will get used to short backswings, firm wrist and knee bend very quickly.
     
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