Countering spin on volleys

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Robert Jones, May 24, 2004.

  1. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    Whats the best way to counter spin on volleys?

    I usually have a decent volley but some players hit extra backspin or topspin that is enough to make my volleys change intended direction. Ie topspin makes my volley intended to be 2 feet in go 2 feet long, extreme backspin can make volleys suck into net.

    This is not a problem at the net but taking that volley while running into the net maybe 6 feet from the net is tough if it has tons of spin on it.

    So is it best to hit hard to overcome the spin effects or just guess and aim longer or shorter to counter the spin. It would be interesting to see a video using the same volley motion but hitting off three different shot types. flat, extreme backspin and topspin.
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I think maybe punch through the vollies more especially those with spin or at least have hit with a very firm grip and also change the racquet head angle a little depending on the incoming spin. I know I make others hit long when I rip topspin and then watch them tank one in the net when I crank up the backspin. They are amazed that they can hit one into the net when they are practically standing on top of the net, but the spin just eats them up since they do not have a solid enough grip on their vollies.

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