beginner doubles, switch grips for volleys?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by eggnog, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. eggnog

    eggnog New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    Hello, I'm talking about high school kids who have maybe 1 year experience and play doubles, therefore volleying is important.

    They all use SW or W forehands now for groundies with two handed BH. What is the proper grip to teach them to use for volleys, considering they are not likely to go further competitively than through high school and not much instruction is available to them? Do they keep with the SW or W grip for FH volley and switch grips for BH? Or is that too extreme and they should learn eastern or should they definitely try to learn the continental grip for FH volley and one handed BH volley.

    Most don't know or use continental grip at all, even for their serve. Should they be broken of this habit and start using continental for serve then eventually for volleys. Again keep in mind, the only lesson they get are at high school and are minimal. I'm just a concerned observer but I know a fair amount about tennis. This area, however, is perplexing.
  2. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    I think you answered your own question having them trying to switch grips from a western/Sw to a bh grip on volleys. From my opinion, that would produce interesting results.

    I would teach them the continental grip since you dont really have time to develop their volleying skills. Have them go to the backboard and practice their volleys without changing grips. 15 minute practice. Teaching them one grip for all volleys would be much simpler for you to manage. You can work on footwork and meeting the ball in front of their body plane as they practice on the wall.

    Since they are playing doubles, I would help them break the habit of serving with a grip other then the continental. See how it goes, if they are just not getting and not practicing it, then maybe go back.

    Use your backboard to teach them how to serve with the Continental grip. 15 minutes serving with the new grip. Make sure you put targets on the wall for serving.

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