Hey guys. Today I want to give you a tip for
your volleys. Unfortunately, when you watch tennis on TV these days, you rarely get to
see players come to the net anymore. Even if they do come to the net, a lot of times,
they’re not great net players. Basically better equipment and better athleticism allow these
guys to hit much better shots from defensive positions, and that makes it much more difficult
to play the net successfully. Nevertheless, playing the net well is still an advantage
at the pro level. At the recreational level — which most likely is your level — playing
the net well is still a big advantage and something you should focus on. One of the
most common problems I see is that players swing at the ball way too much with their
arm kind of slapping the ball which looks something like this. From a technical standpoint,
volleys are actually the easiest shots in tennis. What you want to focus on is moving
your arm as a unit from the shoulder which looks like this. I’m moving the entire arm
as a unit from the shoulder with very little arm movement. Same thing is true for the backhand
volley. You want to avoid this and you want to move the entire arm as a unit from the
shoulder. Now let’s have a look at two volleys in super slow motion to give you a better
idea of what the difference is. Alright, so much for today’s tip on the volley.
To recap, make sure that you move your arm as a unit with the body just like this. There’s
very little arm movement, and the arm moves as a unit like that. And avoid slapping the
ball with your arm like this. If you haven’t done so yet, head over to our homepage and
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Dennis Veasley

9 thoughts on “Volley Technique: Move Your Arm As A Unit”

  1. Florian,

    I respectfully ask you if the concept of moving your arm, even if it as a unit with the body/shoulder, still puts the emphasis more on arm movement rather than the unit movement, not even mentioning any footwork. I see players, even good ones, whose first move is with their arms with little or no shoulder turn or any attempt at proper footwork. This inevitably leads to what you describe so well as "slapping at the ball" in a wide open stance. Thanks for posting!

  2. Florian I have great respect for your concision and clarity in these videos. No bull or padding but eloquent and straight to the point. An example to all coaches.

  3. Thanks for the video Florian. A comment: I ask students to keep the left hand on the throat ( as you do in the demo) so the backswing stays short as you instruct. I think asking students to hold the left hand on helps them grasp the technique. Cheers

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