Now, I'm sure most of the pros here tell the beginners. Keep racket in front of you, no backswing, move to the ball, shift your weight. But yesterday, I worked with a pro on my volley, and to my surprise, he didnt discourage my takeback. I have a slight take back on my volleys, and a lot of the pros discourage me because it causes me to mis-hit. But he said the reason for my mis-hits are not my backswing, its mostly my timing. He said, the "no back swing" rule is more of a myth amongst the coaches because volleys are not easy and when people mis-hit, the only thing to do is shorten the backswing. Telling them "time it better" just wont cut it. However, if you watch pros, college players, or even top juniors, most of them will have backswing on their volleys. Pete Sampras would bring it all the back like a backhand slice at times, same with roger federer. It adds the stick to counter the force of the ball coming at you. I think it makes sense, because doesnt matter where your backswing is, as long as you get the racquet to the right place at the right time, it makes no difference. Its a matter of timing. So in our lesson, he focused primarily on grip, moving forward, eye level to the ball, footwork, and definitly helped my volleys and prevented mis-hits. So what are your thoughts, do you truly believe that no takeback is the best way to volley or is just something pros tell beginners who constantly frame shots?