In the last part, I have guided you on how to hit a volley without a ball. In this video, coach Huy and I will demonstrate how to practice volley with a ball Before actually hitting with a ball, we have to do some supplementary practice because volley requires quick reaction. That’s why we need some small practice before hitting Now coach Huy and I will go into detailed practice! First off, I will practice to catch the ball. This will help create my reflex before actually hitting with racquet. Let’s observe! Coach Huy will toss the ball. I will make a preparation stance similar to when we have the racquet in hand. Step up and catch. We can return the ball back or throw it aside Notice that the catch should be in front of the body. Later on, the racquet will also touch the ball in front to create the best shot. Let’s catch again! Do not drag the hand all the way back. Put it in front and catch the ball. Similarly, to the left side, we can catch with the same hand There are many ways to catch. Choose one that you feel most comfortable with. Step up and catch. When stepping up, the bodyweight transfers to the front much similar to when we have the racquet. The different is that now we do not have one and only to catch the ball. Now, each side one catch at a time Step up, catch. Now the left side. Step up, catch [repeat]. So we have just finished the first practice – catching the ball. Now the second practice I will do it with a racquet For this part, I will show you how to practice with a racquet, but we do not hold the entire grip; instead, hold near the throat and coach Huy will also toss the ball toward me Why do we need to hold the racquet here? When we first practice, it is easy to move the wrist and that will affect the shot. Holding the racquet like this will help us control the racquet and the ball and we will less likely to move the wrist. Let’s watch! I will get into the preparation stance and coach Huy will toss the ball. Do it slowly, open the racquet, step up When we are not yet used to it, we can just stand like this and touch the ball. Do not need to do anything else. When we get better, start stepping up Notice that this is the supplementary practice to get the feeling and reflex, not a complete shot. Do not put too much power and do not open the racquet all the way back We will be much slower as I have mentioned earlier. Put the racquet in front of the body. When the ball comes, just touch it back When we are used to it, start adding the split step when preparing. Split step, watch the ball [repeat] When volleying, watch the ball carefully, not the court. Ok that’s the forehand side, not let’s move to the backhand side with similar technique Open up the racquet, step in. Do it slower to get consistent at it easily. When good at it, we can add more elements First off, the arms. When opening up racquet, the left hand should support the throat to stabelize the racquet head. Many beginner players don’t. When volleying, the left arm swings back Racquet goes toward the ball to create the opposite force. Ok watch and do it slowly. When finishing the shot, check to see if the racquet is shaking or the hand is wrong, or the racquet is punching the ball or the bodyweight is transfered to the front leg. Those are the 2 volley supplementary practices. Now coach Huy will feed me the ball and I will demonstrate a complete volley Now after demonstrating the practices, I will show you how to do a complete volley technique. First off, the preparation stance. Remember to hold the grip correctly Coach Huy will toss the ball to me and I will do a complete volley. Ok, split step first, step up, Ok [repeat] Volley slightly downward. Notice that the ball is higher than the net, we should hit the ball a little bit downward. Do not hit upward This is volleying upward. The ball flies up. If we practice like this, later on, most of our balls will be out.So for these balls, volley from high to low Volley slightly downward. Do not smash the ball either. Do not use the wrist and snap the ball down. Let’s watch again! Keep the wrist and step toward the ball with the feet Step in [repeat] Ok, I have just hit the forehand volley. Let’s move on to the backhand side with similar technique. I will do it slowly Open up the racquet, step in [repeat]. You can see that my ball is not flying up like this. I will not use the wrist either. Do not open the racquet too far back The ball tends to go down instead. Ok, watch closely the moment we hit the ball. Do not watch the court. Watch the point of contact We have just seen 3 steps to a volley technique. In the next videos, I will show you more advanced techniques as well as the footwork for volley for each situation. See you in the next videos I have just demonstrated the technique of basic forehand and backhand volley. They look quite easy but in reality, volley is a tough shot. Why is it? Because there are many elements that may affect the volley. We need to be able to predict where the ball goes, right or left, the distance between the baseliner and volleyer is very close and the ball speed is very high and we need to be able to predict. The second element is reaction. We should be quick and the eyes must follow carefully to be able to handle all balls. The technique, like I said, is simple, but in order to volley better, try to practice more. Repeat multiple times to get used to the movement so that when the ball comes, we just react to it. So far we have covered 3 techniques, in the next videos, I will cover other techniques such as smash, slice, lob and serve If you are intersted, please hit the subscribe button and the bell icon to receive notification when my new videos come up. 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