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Old 01-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
Join Date: Dec 2012
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volleys are one of those low hanging fruits that recs often fail to pick... it's much simpler than groundies, and will win you so many points, and put so much pressure on the opps.... it's a great asset.

so OP, other than hitting/blocking that ball back, you don't really know what's going on lol..... hand-eye coord is pretty good though, you manage well with lots of flaws lol.

the volley is not done with the racket head.... rather, you focus on the structure of the upper arm/forearm/racket... they form a big letter U, or a big L when elbow straightens sometimes...

now, imagine you put this big unit on a big piece of cardboard, and racket face is also flat on the board, so everything is 'on plane'.... FH and BH works similar.. for the FH the imaginary cardboard is on the inside of the arm, but on the outside for the BH volley.

now you hear Patrick Rafter saying volley with the feet, while Oscar says volley with the hand... doesn't matter.

your goal, is to bring this big heavy plane into a collision with the ball.. and try to keep the angle of the plane as constant and as long as possible from before the collision till after the collision..

this collision will require weight shift, so in fast exchanges, against a quick pass or against the net man in doubles, you don't need to add lots of pace... simply making the plane structure solid is enough. you can add some weight shift simply by lifting the lead foot (left foot for FH volley, right for BH)...

sometimes you have to add pace.... say putting away a floater.. for this you need lots of weight shift, typically some small adjustment steps followed by a big stabbing step with the lead foot.

if you keep this collision picture in mind, you will have the correct body language.

I'd say about 50% of the power comes from the weight shift, the other 50% comes from chest (fh) / bach(bh) muscle contracting.

the arm's job is to maintain the structure solid and on the same angle thru impact.... it does NOT swing the racket.

this will also help your slices from the baseline, both wings.
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