K61 90 to Babolat PD+ Cortex - bad volleying

Eph

Professional
Any suggestions? I've noticed really bad volleying from me as soon as I moved to this racquet. Would adding lead help? Where?

It's mainly on my backhand side, by my forehand side is suffering too. But my backhand usually just goes flying and shots I used to place in corners are going into the next court.

Thoughts? Ideas?

Thanks.
 

Toxicmilk

Professional
Ugh....I duno dude. I volley just fine with most racquets. Including the PD and PDR...Maybe you just need to get used to the racquet? I would just say to clean up your technique but I don't wanna make any potentially offending assumptions.
 

Eph

Professional
There's more to tennis than volleying. The PD+(c) has helped me in other areas of my game, such as groundstrokes and less mishits.
 

Craig Sheppard

Hall of Fame
There's more to tennis than volleying. The PD+(c) has helped me in other areas of my game, such as groundstrokes and less mishits.
That is true, but if I couldn't hit a volley worth zip, I wouldn't even consider switching to a racket if it helped my groundies, but that's me. Philosophies vary such as playing to your strengths or helping your weaknesses.

Anyway, you just switched from a 12+ oz frame to a sub 11 oz frame.. Waaaaaaay different. PD has way more power, a lot different stringbed feel, and the woofer system really does make a difference.

What level are you? Are you stringing both w/ the same string, same tension? How many sets on the new racket? My guess is your form is trained to hit w/ the heavy K6.1, now you've substituted a lighter racket, and your timing and or contact point is off. Probably will take time to get used to the new stick.
 

Eph

Professional
Yeah, it's probably going to take some time. I've already added lead to the handles and 3 & 9 o'clock positions. It's about 12 oz now but of course, the racquet is much bigger so the amount of weight is still a large difference due to the percentage of area/weight.

I guess I need to do more trial and error (I'm not able to play tennis for the next 6 months or so thus I'm trying to perfect everything).

It's a vicious cycle.
 
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