Players play with a coach on one service box alternating one half volley and one volley.
A good volley requires stepping towards the ball at the right moment. In this drill we can see the girls working not only on their footwork but also on their contact point and ball control. The girls bump the ball up, and then hit it over before it bounces using a “control shot.”
The key to great volleying is to change your mentality. At the net you need to think about catching the ball – not hitting the ball. Set your strings right behind the ball and then just push.
Players play on half the singles court down the line. The rally starts with a deep feed from the coach to one of the players into the playing area. The player hits the first shot crosscourt back to the coach. The coach volleys short into the playing area. The player hits the next shot down the line to his opponent …
The players take turns hitting two volleys. The coach hits the first ball towards the “T”, or middle of the service line, the second ball low and short to the other side. To keep the shot frequency high, the player should play a controlled volley back to the coach. In other words, the ball should remain in play. Starting position …
Players play on half the doubles court crosscourt. The server only has one serve. The returner has to approach the net at every return. The returner should start moving forward as the server tosses.
The normal tendency on wide forehand volleys is to hit the ball in the net. This is because as you stretch your racquet head will naturally close. In order to avoid this, change your grip to open the racquet head when stretched. Here is how it is done.
Two player stand on the service line, one on each side of the center line. The coach volleys from the other side of the net alternating one volley to each player.
Players usually learn to volley using their groundstroke forehand grip and for a while it works quite well. However, in order to continue to improve, it is very important that they switch to a Continental Grip. This grip will allow them to hit low volleys much more comfortably and effectively.
An effective forehand volley requires a firm wrist. The movement of the racquet head comes from the forearm and shoulder. The wrist will increase the power of the volleys but also the mistakes. Keep the wrist firm and enjoy the control!