Hitting up on low volleys

HuusHould

Professional
I was just wondering what peoples ideas were on racquet path at contact on low volleys. I always thought (from being told) that you should swing along the table top (so not up or down) or slightly down for more backspin. I was recently told that you should hit up on the ball (which makes a bit of sense given it's below the net). What do you do? What do the pros do? Cheers.
 

styksnstryngs

Professional
Really depends on the type of shot. A slower, deeper ball to keep the baseline player from having an attackable ball, I would hit up on slightly, and a little flatter. A low, short slice to force them to dig up a ball, I'm chopping down/forward a little more.
 
I was just wondering what peoples ideas were on racquet path at contact on low volleys. I always thought (from being told) that you should swing along the table top (so not up or down) or slightly down for more backspin. I was recently told that you should hit up on the ball (which makes a bit of sense given it's below the net). What do you do? What do the pros do? Cheers.
When the ball is very low, I worry less about how much backspin I'm putting on the ball and more about getting it to clear the net [even if I'm going for a drop volley, it's more about absorbing impact by having a loose grip vs using a lot of backspin].

Given that, racquet face angle is critical, regardless of how much or little you swing. I guess the lower the ball, the more up I try to swing; I don't see how I'm ever going to clear the net on a shoelace-height volley by swinging level or down. I suppose if you could open your racquet face up all of the way such that it was parallel to the court you could get away with swinging level. You'd likely have to shift your grip on a FH volley, though.

No idea what the pros do.
 
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Deleted member 23235

Guest
in general, keeping your volley swing plane more or less horizontal is ideal.... which means trying to hit everything waist height, even if it means bending low to move your waist to the contact point... but things that get in the way (ie. you're opponent is trying to prevent you from hitting an ideal volley)
* my knees don't work
* i'm lunging forward,sideways
* i'm half volleying (ideally i don't want the ball to bounce)
* i'm off balance
* etc...
then you have improvise, and you racquet angle will likely change...
which is why it can be so hard to learn volleys... as you have to map so many variations of racquet angles/swing paths depending on the shot, even if you are athletic enough to move your body into an ideal contact alot of the time.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Low volleys, you basically have 2 options. Deep, stroke it harder than you think you need. Drop, be sure to clear the net but absorb some power.
 

Friedman Whip

Professional
I was just wondering what peoples ideas were on racquet path at contact on low volleys. I always thought (from being told) that you should swing along the table top (so not up or down) or slightly down for more backspin. I was recently told that you should hit up on the ball (which makes a bit of sense given it's below the net). What do you do? What do the pros do? Cheers.
Are you trying to hit a swinging volley or a regular punch volley?
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
A lot of variables here. If you're at the service line, then you can drive it a bit more as you don't have to hit up as much. If you're really close to the net, then you have to hit up and you may think more about a drop volley which would be more open for more spin. If you elect to hit a deep volley, then it will likely sit up a bit more giving your opponent more time to hit a passing shot of offensive lob.
 

Nellie

Hall of Fame
Open your racquet face. Get low. Swing forward. Don't try to be a hero.
+1 Think of hitting a volley like any other (I visualize stabbing the air under the ball with the butt of the handle) but with an open face to direct the ball over the net. If you are hitting this shot, you should be hitting defensively and merely aiming the ball back deep in the court while keeping it low enough that the opponent does not crush the next shot.
 
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HuusHould

Professional
Look at this medium height volley from Rafter, he hits up on the ball!?


All the great volleyers/doubles specialists can hit that almost topspin volley, that seems to be a violation of the backspinning low (or horizontal racquet) volley rule…..
 

Nellie

Hall of Fame
No top spin on that volley. A twist of the wrist (like opening a door knob) causes the racquet head to drop during the shot and to angle the face back
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
That vid is a high volley, shoulder high.
A low volley is below mid thigh high, and hit with under spin with some side component. A HALF volley can be hit with topspin. Swingpath is mostly horizontal.
 
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