Originally Posted by Avles
Well here's what Merriam Webster has to say: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-volley
Your definition of "half volley" is reasonable, but if most people who hear the term immediately think "short hop" it's going to require some additional explanation when used your way. So it might be better to stick to common usage.
Maybe worth noting that the two terms are used the same way in soccer-- volley means kicking the ball before ground contact, half-volley means kicking it on the short hop. In both cases they fundamentally refer to situations, not techniques (though the situations may call for particular techniques).
I guess soccer got its terminology from tennis?
Excellent on topic post, but guess you and I had the advantage of our earlier
I don't think my OP was worded well enough for the speed readers coming thru.
Anyway, I agree that I found several references that agree with your point
That is the main reason I started this thread. Personally I think it is worth
separating the technique from the situation
in this case, although there are
other places like the volley where the name of the technique
is also mostly
about the situation
of taking the ball out of the air.
But even in the case of a normal volley, there are exceptions that require explaining,
like an overhead smash, which can be taken out of the air as well;
which can get confusing since you can have an overhead volley out of the
air as well that is not a smash.