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.
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!
A one-handed backhand volley is much more effective than a two-handed volley because of the additional reach. Here are some ideas on how to help a two-handed player develop a better one-handed volley.
When at the net facing a ball that comes straight at you, your best option is to use a backhand volley. Unless you have time to move out of the way, you will never reach an effective position with a forehand volley.