Anyone choke up on volley?

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Choke up on grip ... not asking about choking your volley. :rolleyes:

I never have, but was experimenting with adding weight to racquet and tried choking up at net. Felt good ... was surprised.
 
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2HBH-DTL

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i never have but i could see it making the racquet 50% more maneuverable. i don't really come to net enough to really try it out lol.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Last week I hit an awesome angled volley dropshot that was almost parallel to the net.

I choked up a little bit afterwards, marveling in its beauty.
Well played ... both the shot and word play. I thought I had taken preemptive measures ... but inadequate.
 

user92626

Legend
That just implies that you need a lighter racket for faster maneuverability and putting your head closer, more attentive to the shot. These things always help. Or it's just a novelty effect :)
 
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Deleted member 23235

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Something you did early on ... or a change later in your tennis?

My friend that was the #1 4.5 singles player (s&v) in the state for several years swears by it. I think he chokes up even more than 2-3".
later on.
key change was ultimately, "i need to volley with my feet"...
once i figured that out.... then the racquet length doesn't really matter on all but the most out of reach balls

- advocate for rec to choke up
- paes chokes up a bit (compared to say hanging-pinky-off-handle-fh-grip)
 
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Deleted member 120290

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Martina Hingis advocates choking up an inch or so on volleys. She's not doing too bad in doubles so it seems to be working for her.

I prefer to use a regular grip as I misjudge the distance when I choke up.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
later on.
key change was ultimately, "i need to volley with my feet"...
once i figured that out.... then the racquet length doesn't really matter on all but the most out of reach balls

- advocate for rec to choke up
- paes chokes up a bit (compared to say hanging-pinky-off-handle-fh-grip)
""i need to volley with my feet""

Yeah ... saw your Shroud video ... your feet are still moving. Don't rub it in. But hey, making progress. Went from 168# to 162# ... and trying to get my singles legs back. I played doubles the other day, and it felt like I could play for 10 hours (other than elbow, and toe, and .... ). I mean I didn't ever get winded. But singles... that's a different beast. For those who only play doubles, they really have NO IDEA if they are in shape. :eek:

Yeah... the loss of reach really doesn't seem like much of an issue with volleys. I might give it a try. My racquets are about 11.4 oz to 11.6 oz, and really haven't had any issues with volleys (the two times I made it to the net this year). But when I tried the other day at 11.8 - 11.9 ... I did notice it on FH volleys. I tried choking up for the hell of it... and nice and solid. The V1 Pros aren't that HL ... so even with added weight at handle, pushing the limit on what feels comfortable to me.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Martina Hingis advocates choking up an inch or so on volleys. She's not doing too bad in doubles so it seems to be working for her.

I prefer to use a regular grip as I misjudge the distance when I choke up.
Yes, that is the issue I raised with @Traffic ... how long (and as you say, how consistent) to make that grip change part of muscle memory.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
Choke up on grip ... not asking about choking your volley. :rolleyes:

I never have, but was experimenting with adding weight to racquet and tried choking up at net. Felt good ... was surprised.
yes, and it doesn't take much at all. Imo everyone should to some extent.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
That just implies that you need a lighter racket for faster maneuverability and putting your head closer, more attentive to the shot. These things always help. Or it's just a novelty effect :)
Actually, I know how to volley, that wasn't the reason for the question. I was testing weighting up my racquet for the baseline, which I liked. I did not like it as much at net, or with touch shots. At that point, it becomes a trade off ... stick with comfortable racquet at net and touch shots, and accept less weight than you might like from the baseline. OR ... you could weight racquet up for baseline ... and struggle with it at net. It seems to me choking up on volleys (maybe some touch shots around net ... off the bounce) might give you an option for both. I doubt I add the weight, but it made me curious how many here actually already do choke up on volleys. As you can see by a couple of early replies ... it's actually a "thing". Who knew?
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
yes, and it doesn't take much at all. Imo everyone should to some extent.
I will experiment and see how easy it is to be consistent with grip position. I need to put a temporary extra tournagrip strip at the desired grip position as a teaching aid that I'm landing at the same spot every time. :p:p:p
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
I do choke up about an inch on volleys, but that's only because I play with a 28-inch racquet. If I were to play with a standard-length, I probably wouldn't bother to choke up.
I have a PD + and SW Blade 104. I choke up whenever I volley with those. With my Aeropro Team and Prince Tour 100, I don't bother.
 
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Deleted member 23235

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That's actually more than I thought ... about mid-grip right? I should have done this a long time ago ... probably kept me from making it to the pros.
that's just me.
vids definitely show choking up only by an inch or so
and some pros don't at all...
but choking up has worked well for me.
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Kind of, but only because I slide the hand down for lots of shots. For FH the heel of the palm slides down beyond the butt cap. For serves the heel and the little finger (sometimes also ring finger, if I'm feeling saucy). Only BH and volleys have full hand on grip.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Kind of, but only because I slide the hand down for lots of shots. For FH the heel of the palm slides down beyond the butt cap. For serves the heel and the little finger (sometimes also ring finger, if I'm feeling saucy). Only BH and volleys have full hand on grip.
If I did that on serves I would be buying a new racquet.

Edit: You choke DOWN ... not UP :rolleyes:
 
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Attila_the_gorilla

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For doubles I use a very headlight racket so don't need to choke up at all.
That's the purpose if choking up on the grip, to effectively change the balance of the racket and prevent the racket head from dropping during the volley.

In singles I use a less headlight frame and do very little volleying.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Certainly helps where learning to perfect the volleys.
But after a while, it seems to make less difference, the increased leverage of longer frame adding some power so you don't need to swing as hard.
 

Nellie

Hall of Fame
I use an extended legnth racquet (27.5) for more heat on serves and backhands, and I move my hands up the grip on volleys to keep from getting jammed. I also find that choking up decreases swing weight and gets my hands a little faster.
 
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