The Multiple Ways To Volley

When we break the volley down, there are 6 different variables. Yes, a volley is a volley, but the type of volley we hit changes depending on the the speed of the ball hit at us or when we are on the court. Let’s go through them.
 
  1. Push volley
This is usually the first volley we play in a singles scenario and the first volley if your just served and volleyed in doubles scenario . The purpose is to “push” the ball deeper, Hence why it’s used when we’re approaching, where you body positioning will he around the service line. To hit a push volley, swing small at the back and then longer on the follow through, but stay in the boundaries of a volley. Hold the racket medium tension and aim deep.
 
  1. Put away volley
The volley we use to finish the point off in both singles and doubles. Whilst remaining in the small boundary of a volley swing, swing longer at the back and shorter on the follow through. Hold the racket loose on the takeback, and then tightly as you make contact with the ball to create a “snap” effect.
 
  1. Block volley
Used more so in doubles when you’re close to the net. Your opponent hits the ball hard at you and you must react. The swing length is zero, not takeback and no follow through. Hold the racket tightly.
 
  1. Drop volley
Used in both singles and doubles. You’ve approached the net and your opponent is deep behind their baseline. To hit a drop volley, the swing length should be very small and you should hold the grip extremely loose to soak up the speed of the ball.
 
  1. Half volley
You’ve approached the net and your opponent has managed to hit the ball to your feet. If the ball is slow at your feet, you may want to have a very short take back but a medium follow through. If the ball has speed, the half volley almost becomes a reaction volley. Small take back and a small follow through with medium to tight grip tension.
 
  1. Drive volley
This shot is the same as your groundstrokes but is hit without the ball bouncing (obviously). You should Only drive volley when the ball is high, so that you hit down on the ball. Very effective if your opponent is a “moon baller”. 
 
Enjoy! Let us know which volley you like to play the most and which one you need to practice more! 
 
Image Credit: David Wilmot/https://www.flickr.com/photos/david_wilmot/3357442/

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