If you’re not a gifted tennis volley player, the following tricks are of the utmost importance to you. Train always. Keep repeating the route to the net. Get your volley safety. Watch for small steps and your balance. Here we go!
# 1 Realize the right situation
Do not just run blindly forward. You have to train your gaze for game situations. See where your opponent is. Once the ball leaves your clothing, you must be able to assess whether your own punch was good enough to follow this on the net. Your opponent should be on the defensive. He should react rather than act.
# 2 Do not be a bumblebee
Huge, best yet uncontrolled steps on the way to the net are the number one killer for your volley. And so for your entire network game. By taking these big steps, you’re depriving yourself of control over the game situation. Use small, fast steps. Similar to your strokes from the baseline. You have to be ready to stop or change your direction at any time. This is not possible with big steps.
# 3 Take the right path
“Follow Your Strike, Marco” – My former coach was very keen that his charges follow his own attack ball. Do not just go after your preparatory stroke. Many players are moving forward in the middle – they want to cover the net. Some also run in a certain direction. Because they think that their opponent will play in this very corner. But the correct thing is simply to follow the direction of your attack stroke. In this way, you shorten the angle for your opponent.
# 4 Be ready – the ready jump
Split-Step, or the ready jump, is your key to a clean volley. But when do you have to do this? And: why do you have to do this at all? Try to hit a forehand out of your run without stopping. You will hit the ball. But where that is going to go will make you anything but happy. Stand. Beat. And this also applies to your volley. The split-step is there to get you into the stroke position for the volley. Everything else before was just the preparation. Your opponent is taking off. The timing of your split step is just before your opponent hits the ball. So you can start with the split step as soon as your opponent finishes the stroke for his stroke.
# 5 Focus on the ball
You are now on the net. Or at least nearby. Your angle has changed. You have to look more closely at the ball now. Many players do not do this. And meet the volley on the frame. Or inaccurate – and thus lose control. Your eye should now focus razor-sharp on the ball. Only if you really see the ball, you will play a good volley. Try to see how the ball turns. What a twist he has. How fast he is. Try to think through lightning-fast how the ball would “feel” on your clothing.
# 6 Become Lucky Luke
Lucky Luke could pull his revolver faster than his own shadow. For a good volley, you have to be at least as fast as Lucky Luke – when it comes to turning your upper body slightly. It’s a short, fast movement. But an important one. Depending on whether you play a forehand or backhand volley, you have to turn in the upper body briefly in the right direction.
# 7 Use your shield
Hold your bat like a shield in front of you. Vertical up, stable in the wrist. At any time ready for the attack of the opponent. If you move to the net while your bat is dangling somewhere next to your leg somewhere in your hitting hand, you will not be able to play a good volley. Rackets up. In front of your chest. Stable in your hand.
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