Being mentally ready at the net will make a huge difference. Here are a few ideas on how to develop the right attitude at the net.
Developing a fluid split step at the net is essential. Here is how to go about it.
The best place to practice your volleys is at the service line. There you will receive all sorts of volleys: high, low, half volleys, etc. Practicing too close to the net will make you feel good but will not develop your net game.
A little slice will help you control your volleys better. However, be careful not to overdo it. The clip will explain the best way to do this.
A short backswing is essential to execute solid volleys. However, keeping the backswing short does limit your power on the volleys. To compensate for that, use your body. Move through the shot.
A common mistake on low volleys is to try to hit up on the ball. Instead, the best way to handle these types of shots is to open the racquet head more and hit through the ball. Let’s take a look!
In order to hit a solid volley, you need to be able to swing through the shot. That is, you need to set the racquet behind the incoming ball and push through. Keeping your shoulders level and using your knees to lower your racquet head will help you accomplish this.
A good half volley is an essential shot for any net player. Before you reach an offensive position at the net you will frequently face a low shot around the service line. Sometimes you will be able to volley this shot but many times you will have to take it off the bounce. A solid half volley will help you …
Half volleys are transition shots usually hit while moving towards the net. They require a very short backswing and a fluid, compact swing. Therefore it is important to use the body momentum to help control the shot. Players should focus on moving through the shot as opposed to split stepping, stopping and then hitting the half volley.
When hitting a backhand half volley, players with a two handed backhand find it easier to hit the shot with two hands, however, just as on regular backhand volleys a player that can hit the shot with one hand will have an advantage, especially when having to hit a shot far from the body.