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J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I sort of wonder if net game is not good because rec players who use the "Frying Pan" grip for serve use it for volleying also? I was theorizing that it's hard to do a put away volley (or even a regular volley) with that grip vs. a continental because you can't really get the wrist involved in the shot. Is that just me? For sure this applied to overheads also.
There should be no wrist on volleys, the issue with FH grip on volleys is that the racquet face is too open on backhand volleys and too closed on forehand volleys. This makes low forehand volleys (most transition volleys) and most backhand volleys very difficult and forces a weak hitting structure.

J
 

chic

Rookie
I sort of wonder if net game is not good because rec players who use the "Frying Pan" grip for serve use it for volleying also? I was theorizing that it's hard to do a put away volley (or even a regular volley) with that grip vs. a continental because you can't really get the wrist involved in the shot. Is that just me? For sure this applied to overheads also.
It might be involved depending on the level of rec, but most of those I hit with hit Conti, they just do so poorly.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
It might be involved depending on the level of rec, but most of those I hit with hit Conti, they just do so poorly.
It's endemic in ladies tennis as many hit Eastern Grip for everything. But I've seen it in 3.0 men as well. BY 3.5 it's starting to get far less common.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
You can grip the racquet any way you like. If you aren't practising volleys (low, half, high, sitters), you won't volley consistently well in a match.
 
There should be no wrist on volleys, the issue with FH grip on volleys is that the racquet face is too open on backhand volleys and too closed on forehand volleys. This makes low forehand volleys (most transition volleys) and most backhand volleys very difficult and forces a weak hitting structure.

J
I do use wrist on two types of volleys: droppers and inside-outers where I'm trying to carve the ball in between the net man and the alley. Both assume I have enough time so that it's not a reflex volley. I believe this gives me a bit more control over my placement and both types of shots are critically dependent on placement.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I do use wrist on two types of volleys: droppers and inside-outers where I'm trying to carve the ball in between the net man and the alley. Both assume I have enough time so that it's not a reflex volley. I believe this gives me a bit more control over my placement and both types of shots are critically dependent on placement.
The only time I can ever think I use my wrist would be on the full stretch on a nothing ball where I have to do something to pop it over the net. Everything else I try very hard not to break the hitting structure.

J
 

Dan Huben

Semi-Pro
My wife and I just started volley rallying again. Though the form isnt perfect, we've found anway to make it fun so at least we are doing it. The fun factor makes the work better. Maybe just need coaching techniques beyond consistency rallies from the baseline.

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Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
Is it really that hard?

Use conti, always.

Keep a firm wrist with upright racket face.

That is your foundation. Trust the foundation. The foundation will do the job, and the foundation does not need you to help with creative wrist moves, backswings, or anything else.
 
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