I tried (again) to volley against the wall. The last few times I tried it I got nowhere at all and declared it to be impossible. At this week's lesson, though, pro worked us from the ground up on volleys. As part of this, he demonstrated footwork by volleying against a wall. I resolved to try this again. I stood very close to the wall, hoping to hit forehand volleys. As usual it was a disaster. After some more attempts, I managed to get it going for maybe 5-6 volleys, but I think I might be cheating. For forehand, I put my left foot closer to the wall, as though stepping across, which gave a nice shoulder turn. What seemed to be missing was a split-step or recovery of any kind. Is this normal when you're really close to the wall? Is practicing in this way going to teach me anything? Also, it seemed I was volleying really high against the wall. I would never want to volley that high over the net in a match. But if I brought it down, I couldn't sustain it because it would eventually hit the ground. Have I mucked this completely up? FWIW, it was *great* for hand-eye coordination. I found the only way I could do it was by really, really, *really* watching the ball come off my strings. A pretty yellow blur. Neat-o!