Tennis Tips – How to Hit a Forehand Volley

Okay so in today’s doubles game probably
it’s probably a 50/50 split whether players serve and stay back or players
serve and volley. I’m more of a traditional doubles player, I serve and
volley on both serves, so it’s very important that I have a strong first volley. I guess my intentions when I’m coming to
serve volley, coming into play my first volley, is to number one avoid the
receiver’s partner who might be moving forward to put pressure on me and force
me to volley into smaller spaces on the court or if both players are staying at
the baseline then it’s important that I volley to the right part of the court
and we like to target the backhand of the deuce side player because it gives
less angles and generally speaking backhand is a less powerful shot than the forehand. Okay, so ideally after my serve
I’m running forward I want to be playing my volley in line with the service line.
The reason for that is if I’m volleying from too far back I’ve got a lot more
distance to cover and the receiver’s partner of my opponent makes it a lot
easier for him to put pressure on me and to touch a lot more balls. So
ideally I want to be here playing my first volley. After I’ve played my first volley crosscourt I’m going to move to the middle of a service box and my goal is
to have my outside foot on the middle line again, my partner will have shifted
across and then will be in a strong position to play the rest of the point. Okay so my objectives on the first
volley is first thing I want to do is to get low to receive the ball, to get as
much of my body underneath the ball as I can and to feel like my eyes are down
level with the ball. The second thing I need to do is to keep my hand in front
and then I want to get my left leg behind the ball and then I can use my
right leg to move forward which will give me the momentum that I need to get
to the position that I need to be on the court after my first volley to be in a
good spot to play my second volley. Okay so at my level we often experience a
lot of receiver’s partner pressure and obviously you need to find a way to
avoid him so one way that we try to do that is what we call the antidote volley
where it’s basically playing a short volley crosscourt as opposed to a deep
volley crosscourt. If you can master that it’s a great
way to be able to come in off your serve and avoid the receiver’s partner. If you
feel like the receiver’s partner is poaching too much, making too many moves, you can obviously volley down the line. A way to to do that is to come in
and open up your wrists and almost play like the volley with a bit of side spin
which will help disguise where you’re trying to aim the ball. Sometimes after a great serve the ball
might come back high and easy a bit of a floater and it’s important that you have that change of speed, sprint forward to
get the ball as close to the net as you can, give me the opportunity to hit down into the
court it hopefully for a winner.

5 thoughts on “Tennis Tips – How to Hit a Forehand Volley

  1. Representing all the lefties out there! Nice to see some coaching work that I don't have to mirror – thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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