Volley help? How to predict where its coming?

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  1. derickyan

    derickyan New User

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    Well I've been trying to get better at volleys, but whenever they hit the ball, the ball just comes flying to me so fast, that i can't see where it will go, as in if i need to hit with forehand or backhand. Is there a way the opponent stands so i can predict where its coming? or any advice/tips would be great. thanks.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    yeah, try practicing it a bit more..
    Anything worth doing, doesn't come easy.
    Approach DTL, stay DTL, but be ready to lunge CC when you see the ball going there.
    Turn sideways as soon as you see the ball going up, and crabwalk/hop back to the overhead. You need only recover to 3' behind your own service line.
    Try looking at the ball as it leaves the racket of your opponent.
     
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  3. luvforty

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    funny.... i was just gonna start a thread on this....

    yes, practice does help a lot...... instinct will come with time.

    however, sometimes even watching the racket face still doesn't give enough time...... there are situations that you just have to guess 1 side.... or say 'too good'.

    much more fun playing at the net though.... parking at the baseline doing endless exchanges.... yawn.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    At levels below 5.0, you seldom ever see a passing shot you cannot see and recognize. Getting into position is another story.
    You just need to hit your approach shot within 3' of the baseline, hopefully to an open court or where your opponent just left.
    Racket in two handed ready position, off hand at the throat, conti grip, even strong 5.5 shots seldom go fast enough to cause recognition problems.
    Now you can't be running around helter skelter waiting for the pass attempt, you need to split step and get ready when the shot is hit to your court.
     
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  5. jakeytennis

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    just relax when your at the net, watch the ball better
    and also follow the path of your approach shot and position yourself more towards the sideline.
    "protect the alley, react to the cross court shot"

    improve your quickness and reaction time also.

    great racket preparation helps a ton, meaning keep your hands up and ready for either a BH or FH volley. sometimes even prepare more for a BH volley because there is more of a chance ur opponent will hit it to your backhand
     
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  6. derickyan

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    my foot work is a little messy, when they hit backhand, i accidently bring the wrong foot out of what im suppose to bring out, which kinda messes me up.
    thanks though.
     
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  7. derickyan

    derickyan New User

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    thanks for your advice and everyone else!
    i have no idea what rank they were but i can tell the ball was pretty dang fast.
    I do get ready and split step but again, my footwork messes up because i have no idea whether the ball is coming left or right.
     
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  8. fundrazer

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    It's alright mate. I played my first tennis in over half a year and had the same problems during volley drills tonight. Your reaction times will get better, just relax and practice! Just try to keep everything quick and simple. Racquet in ready position, react to the coming ball, and keep those volleys quick and compact. I'm sure we'll both improve if we can practice those steps. :)
     
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    If the ball comes too fast for you to move your feet correctly, hit your volleys with an open stance...your ready stance, and block thru the ball. A fast ball is easy to volley. It's the slow moving heavy spinning balls that need footwork and a long, thru 5 ball stroke.
     
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  10. WildVolley

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    If you can hit a forcing approach shot, you can limit the "good" options for your opponent and have a better chance of guessing the most probable passing shot. For example, if you skid the ball low and short on one side of the court, the pass will most likely be cross-court. If you rip it hard down the line cause the opponent to have to run sideways quickly or backup, they will have more difficulty going cross-court.

    If your approaches sit up and give your opponent more options, it is going to be much more difficult to read and cover.
     
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  11. LeeD

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    Yes, the better you hit your shots, the worst your opponent will hit his shot.
    Until your search for the perfect shot results in a miss.
     
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  12. slowfox

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    I was taught "always cover the down the line". But what I notice with a lot of rec players is that they get too close to the net too soon. They assume volleying means standing on top of the net. If you stay a bit back, let's say right inside the service line, you give yourself a little more time to read the ball. Then move in when you know, and eat that friggin volley!
     
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  13. derickyan

    derickyan New User

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    thanks guys! that was a lot of help. i think im getting a little better now :)
     
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  14. Topspin Shot

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    From the words of the great Bill Tilden: Cover the line, be prepared for the pass up the middle, and ignore the extreme crosscourt angle pass. Also, don't crowd the net too much, or you'll get lobbed. Best assume a position slightly more than halfway up from the service line to the net.
     
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  15. boramiNYC

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    work on flexibility and strength of the core. it really does improve all aspect of the game and volley is no exception. quicker reaction time and better balance is key.
     
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