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Old 01-07-2014, 07:17 AM   #7
Chas Tennis
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I like the Brett Hobden videos on the volley, especially the "losing the volley" description for the drop volley. I have since noticed that pros use this 'racket loses the collision' a lot and can see it very often using my Digital Video Recorder (DVR) stop action.

For the question of stop or not stop to volley, I'll study that also with my DVR. I believe that the stretch shortening cycle plays an important part in most volleying and that implies some body acceleration toward the ball before impact to give a little muscle stretch. I believe that the SSC is the reason behind the 'volley with your feet, step toward the ball' advice. To be determined....

From an earlier thread (Click ">" to go to the quoted reply) -

Originally Posted by Chas Tennis View Post
I like the instructions from Brett Hobden from this linked earlier thread on volleying.

If I move or step forward, usually better things happen by adding pace and taking away time from my opponent. It's surprising how well some balls dropping in front of you can be handled.

Brett explains especially how to take the pace off a drive at you and drop the volley short - he calls it 'losing the collision'. I use my DVR when watching TV broadcasts and the pros frequently use this technique to drop volleys short.

It is very easy to drop volley using his instruction when practicing but I have not incorporated it enough in my doubles matches.
What is a '90 degree bend between the hand and wrist'. I find these terms easy to use.
racket (the handle direction)
upper arm

the joints:

Do you mean a 90 angle between the forearm and racket at the wrist?

Search TW & internet: tennis volley racket slow motion Youtube

Bob Bryan - volley.

(more TennisOxygen stroke videos:

Brett Hobden - Volleys, short version, 3 min.

Brett Hobden - Volley Secrets, 19 min
Another thread

Originally Posted by Chas Tennis View Post
My opinion -

The stretch-shortening cycle plays a part in volleying. Have not yet found references discussing volleying and the SSC. Anyone have a reference?

Maybe when you sprint forward you stretch some new muscles that are then used when you volley. I don't think that it takes a lot of SSC to add considerable pace. I can see SSC to some degree in most pro volleys. If you take some high speed videos of your new volleys they might show more use of the SSC.

If the arm is up or the forearm and racket are up, with the elbow joint at an angle, stretch will occur when you accelerate the body or shoulder forward.

I once gave myself a golfer's elbow injury trying to strongly force a volley using ISR - that motion is dangerous.

See especially "Volley Secrets" by Bret Hobden and his "Racket loses the collision". Learn it for hard balls hit at you when the opponent is back and a drop volley is indicated.

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