In the real world (ATP), volley technique doesn't matter

FiddlerDog

Professional
Look at that 3.0 volley by the ATP player


Goes to show, high level players are never obsessed with stroke technique.
They are focused on winning matches.
I feel that obsession with defective stroke technique is a low level players mindset.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Look at that 3.0 volley by the ATP player


Goes to show, high level players are never obsessed with stroke technique.
They are focused on winning matches.
I feel that obsession with defective stroke technique is a low level players mindset.
I have no idea what you're talking about here. Cannot see the volley, in question, on my mobile phone. Perhaps you can provide a better example than this.

ATP doubles players know full well how to hit proper volleys. However, they are often dealing with much faster balls than singles players are. For a ball that travels the length of a court and bounces before it reaches the opposite baseline, the ball can easily lose more than 50% of its original speed. However, at the net, balls have not lost much more than 20% of their original speed.

If you ever have stood on the court next to an ATP doubles match, you'll get in a real appreciation for how fast that ball is traveling. Can't really get this from TV or videos. Even WTA ball speeds are much faster up close than TV viewing would have you believe.

The bottom line is that these ATP doubles players are often dealing with balls whizzing by at more than 110-120 kps. A 3.0 player is typically dealing with balls that are slower than 1/4 to 1/3 of this speed.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Another example of this is Rafa's prolific use of the reverse / lasso finish on his forehand. I've seen plenty of practice sessions of Rafa hitting. He never uses it there. He is hitting more conventional, proper strokes. However, in the heat of battle, he is dealing with faster incoming balls, deeper balls and balls with massive spin. Hence, the more reactive / creative stroke production.
 

HuusHould

Professional
There were a lot of volleys hit there, some with very standard othordox technique, others with less so. Technique is of course very situational, the pros I guess know the principles behind the technique and how to adapt them to different situations.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
…high level players are never obsessed with stroke technique.
They are focused on winning matches.
I feel that obsession with defective stroke technique is a low level players mindset.
Dear TTPS/E46luver/FD: high level players don’t obsess on stroke technique during matches because they have drilled and hit enough balls over many years that good technique is ingrained and automatic. This allows them to just play and focus on strategy, shot selection and execution.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
ATP players on average have been playing 15 years or so before they play their first ATP match, have drilled for years as juniors and many lived at tennis academies for a number of years as teens doing nothing but learning good technique. OK, once you have drilled for 15 years several times a week and travel with a full time coach and fitness trainer; you can relax and concentrate on tactics and strategy.
 

nyta2

Professional
actually i agree with OP... if i have a partner 2serving 130mph bombs in the corners, coaxing up sitters, i can put my nose over the net "volley" with a frying pan. cast iron even.
 
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