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Archive for the ‘Volley’ Category

Essential Tips For Better Volley

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

You have less time to hit volley at net than to hit groundstroke at baseline. To hit consistent volleys, you need to turn your upper body sideways. Do you always feel that you are short on time to prepare your racquet to line up with incoming balls? One reason is because you are not turning your upper body quickly enough. The key to turn your upper body sideways quickly is to initiate the turn by hip turn (unit turn) other than by leg stepping sideways. Start your hip turn without moving your leg and line up your racquet with coming balls, then if you have time step your leg and move your weight forward (this is so called “Stomp the bug”, see the video clip below). It’s demonstrated here by former world #1, Stan Smith .

High-Percentage Tennis Tactics Guidelines: Directionals

Monday, April 20th, 2009

In this High-Percentage Tennis video, high-percentage groundstrokes are identified based on ball crossing or not crossing your body and relationship of ball and player.
if an incoming ball is outside shot as defined by shots that cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is no change of direction (C.O.D) of ball.
if an incoming ball is inside shot as defined by shots that do not cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is change of direction of ball.
high percentage groundstroke change direction guideline:
outside = no C.O.D
inside = C.O.D
For a down-the-line groundstroke, the high percentage shot is to hit the ball perpendicular (90 degree) to baseline. The shot aiming to the sideline is low percentage shot.
For players with inside-out forehand as a weapon, the high percentage shot is no C.O.D on deep inside-out forehand, and C.O.D on short inside-out forehand.

Volley Tips

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

• short back swing
• volley out in front
• short punch, no cross body finish
• put away volley for high, floating balls
• do not generate pace but use the pace for paced balls
• move feet forward diagonally, do not try to reach balls with arms
• use split step and react in either direction
• bend the knees for low volley



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