Originally Posted by Dly
Hey Talk Tennis, I've finally decided to make an account after lurking here for the past few months. A lot of you seem very knowledgable about tennis, so I would like to ask you guys for some advice on my volleys.
I've never been fond of coming to the net, but in order to elevate my game, I've realized that I need to become better at the net.
I can hit volleys decently in practice, but on the rare occasions I find myself at the net in matches, I just screw up. I shank and mishit a lot. Even when I get an easy putaway floater, I rarely make clean contact and put it away.
I'm so uncomfortable at the net. Can any of you offer any advice on how to make clean contact more often and get better at the net?
If you're shanking you're probably swinging. Don't.
From your ready position, point your strings to the ball as soon as you know which side the ball is going. Then take your strings to the ball. This usually involves a step or two. "Punching" is overkill. It's more of a firm caress.