Isn't the "half volley", a stroke technique? Or is it situation based? Thats how I learned it and this technique was normally used for balls when the player needed to make the shot quickly after the bounce and sometimes on the rise further from the deck. This writer below seems to think the half volley is situation and that the name is not very descriptive of the shot. Subtle issue, but curious what some of you thought. http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/the-911-shot-of-tennis-the-half-volley I disagree with most of this article, and especially since I think the name is very properly descriptive of this "stoke". Imo the Half volley is mostly a volley that has been lengthened just a bit to provide some power and control, much like you would do on a volley when the ball comes slowly to be volleyed and you want to add power to the volley since the ball was coming so slow.