What are "Little Punches?"

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Chanchai, Jul 13, 2004.

  1. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    I'm serious in asking this, but I feel cheeky asking it.

    What do teaching pros (and wannabe teaching pros) mean when they tell you to volley with/like "little punches?"

    Obviously, volleys have nothing in common with "punches" so I'm guessing they don't mean actual punches (like boxing), but maybe they're talking about popping on contact?

    But if that's what they mean, isn't that kind of sloppy if your timing in general might not be all that great? And does that sort of imply a flat volley? But I always hear that slice or backspin is ideal for volleys, so they want you to lay that wrist back a bit, but if I punch the volley like that, I'm tempted to use my wrist instead of maybe my arm, and maybe launch that ball up in the air.

    Anyways, back to the original question... I am curious what people really mean to say when they say that volleys are like "little punches." I have my own ideas of what a proper volley is, and I have my days of volley goodness, but the term little punches has probably been the least useful for me, and the implication still evades me.

  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    No it is like a little jab with your arm while keeping your wrist fairly stiff. It's a fairly short little punch that you take on a volley compared to a baseline stroke which is more like a full slap.
  3. ibelieveinliquidmetal

    ibelieveinliquidmetal Rookie

    Apr 18, 2004
    Punching is good for putaway volleys, but I learned a lot when I read(forgot where) to catch the ball in the racquet.
  4. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith New User

    Mar 25, 2004
    Hey I never really understood the "punching" thing either haha...

    I suppose you have to "punch" a little bit down or something? Like you're gonna slam a table? Or what?

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