Hi everyone! This is Ean from Online
Tennis Instruction. I just want to show you something on the forehand volley,
actually both sides but it applies a little bit more to the forehand volley.
This past week Florian and I had a few gentlemen here from England
for a clinic and they all had the same thing here on the forehand volley, it’s called
cupping or dishing. So what happens is there’s a natural instinct for
players to try to put this type of action on the ball. Can you see my racket folds
under the ball that’s why we call it cupping or dishing, you’re dishing under
the ball. I’m not sure if players think that it’s going to give them more
backspin or what the thought process is behind but you can clearly see if I
fold my racket under the ball like that it doesn’t put a lot of string on the
ball the string bed is collapsing! It’s like hitting against
the wall all of a sudden the wall just crumbles, so these guys
volley are always going to have no energy behind it…no
pop! So what you want to do is you want to keep your racket face as is and
not mess with the structure. So the most your racket face should open is
about 10-12 degrees which is very little actually, the racket face for the
most part is pretty straight there. So don’t get into this thing where
you’re consciously doing this thing. What you see the
pro’s doing and sometimes I think that can be a little bit confusing. As you see
them when they’re really going after the volley they are wide open at
the end but that’s a result, that’s a consequence of the follow through. If you
have this continental grip and you go through with your racket like this it’s
natural for the face to open at the end. It’s almost like serving cocktails
at the end but they don’t do it through contact! You have to go really watch them
carefully! When they make contact that racket face is perfectly straight…I
call it the open U. You can see here at contact there’s an open U-shape here
between my racket and my body. There’s no folding of the racket. If you
fold your racket at contact you present a very weak string
bed and the ball doesn’t run through the court. So the ball just sits up for the
opponent to pass you! So try to keep this structure unchanged!

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9 thoughts on “Volley Tip: Stick Your Volley And Avoid Cupping It!”

  1. I suspect this habit stems more from the idea that as one reaches for a low volley (below the net) that the racket face angle must turn up as they slice down for the ball to clear the net. Perhaps unconsciously they feel that's how the stroke should always do that…. Or they could be waiters by day, but could tips really afford professional tennis lessons?!

  2. how do exactly keep this from happening though? Years of habit forming needs to be undone…so what are steps to correct?

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