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How to hit a Tennis Volley

Updated on June 23, 2015

The Importance

Many of the pros and upcoming pros rarely use the volley anymore. The tennis volley has become something of the past and is a dying stroke. there are some notable players who use the volley even in this day and age. but the majority have forgotten the importance of it, and relay heavily on the exchanges from the baseline. the volley is a very important stroke in tennis and is used mostly when the player slices the ball towards the opponent, this tactic is called the (chip & charge). you slice the ball and then run up towards the net for a finishing volley. because racquets are getting heavier and

The Federer Volley

Federer Volley

Now I know many people seem to hype on about federer this and federer that, but many of the critics seem to forget that this player has all the qualities of a great player, so it becomes very easy for me to pick up strokes from the tennis book and explain it to you guys. Now if you where born in the age of federer's prime dominance, you will automatically know that he was regarded as one of the best volleyers of all time. He was literally a stone wall when he came to the net, there weren't many people who could pass through him. Even up to his age exceeding above 30, he still continues to show the remarkable ability he has to counter at the net. The volley by no means is a easy stroke, it is very hard to execute and requires gentle hands and timing.

Key points to a Solid Volley

I will not down all the key points that are needed to perform a basic volley, and also don't forget that every player has his natural stance and stroke motion.

  • Never volley with your weight being on one foot
  • always volley with an open stance
  • try to volley at the opposite direction of the player running
  • Punch the volley and slap the racquet into the sweet spot of the ball
  • Never volley from the baseline

Backhand Volley

Backhand Volley Process

I will try my best to make this very simple and basic for the audience to digest. I will bullet point the whole sequence so everyone can understand how its really done.

  • Setting up the volley. Now for a player to execute a volley, you have to create the scenario for the volley. there are many ways to do that, one of the most simplest strategy is to chip and charge, which means to slice the ball cross court and then running in to volley the ball. The main aim of the approach is to make the player step back from his position, so you can come in for the kill.
  • Never run too fast or too slow. its simple really, run too fast and then theirs more room to pass the ball by you, run too slow and you wont make it to the volley. your judgement will be key to making a good volley, and for this to happen you need to practice your volley with another partner, using tennis ball bucket.
  • At volley contact slice and cut the ball deep enough so that it stays low, (you can also variate by slicing, slapping, or even dropping the ball)
  • Always have the right leg step in to the backhand volley, and the opposite if your a lefty

Forehand Volley

Forehand Volley Process

The forehand volley is a much difficult stroke to do than the backhand volley, because of the unusual stance you have to take when meeting the ball on the sweet spot. I will explain in bullet points so everyone can get a bit of practice on how to do a forehand volley.

  • One of the most crucial things about the forehand volley is that the left leg goes in first rather than the right. (opposite for lefty).
  • Requires extreme balance, because its an unorthodox move.
  • Only block the ball, don't try to force it, otherwise you're going to get a wrist injury if you miss hit.
  • The approach to the ball is the same as the backhand volley.
  • When running to do a forehand volley never approach the net from the right side of the court.

Why is the volley a dying stroke?

One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the next generation of tennis players are mostly starting of by trying to hit winners from the baseline. serve and volley has become very rare these days because of it. one of the major factors concerning this is the fact that tennis players are getting stronger, in respective their racquets are getting heavier. so naturally coming up to net is becoming increasingly difficult. Every player out there is trying to amp up there serve, serve is nearly everything in tennis, if you know the serve, you have already learned half of the necessity to play the sport (this is my opinion of it). federer, sampras, and many other great legends have demonstrated remarkable skills on the net, but even they feel its very hard to volley players in this age.

Roger Federer Forehand and Backhand Volley in Slow Motion (210 fps)

Conclusion, Should I learn the Volley?

The Answer is a big fat YES. It is true that majority of the amateur players are hard base-liners. But that wont mean much if the player neutralises your power on the net. besides if you're a serious player aiming for competition ITF level tennis, then volleying is a must. Tennis just isnt complete without any stroke being left behind. being one of the most competitive sports in the world, tennis truly shows that you need talent and hard work, to become a complete player.

© 2015 Temoor

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