The volley is the most efficient shot in tennis. Notice how Roger Federer, the great Pete Sampras, John McEnroe among many tennis greats, has utilized this tennis weapon throughout their career.
Most pros use a slightly different grip for almost every shot. But for the beginner and the regular club or weekend player, use just one grip - the Continental grip which is the same grip as the serve.
Basically, the ready position is the same as for the return of serve. Stand in the ready position with your weight on the balls of your feet and your tennis racquet held firmly in front of you at waist level and pointed straight out toward the net.
Keep in mind that when a ball is fast, it's generally low. With the racquet at waist level or a little bit below, you can be ready for a fast ball. When the ball is higher, it's generally slower so you will have time to bring the face of the racket up to hit the ball.
Tips To Consider When Volleying
1. You don't have to swing your racquet to hit this shot. From the very beginning, learn to punch your volleys. The racquet moves no more than 2 feet before it makes contact with the ball. The shorter the swing, the more control you have of the racquet head. Most of the power for an effective shot comes from your opponent's shot.
2. Run forward as far as you can until you see that opponent is about to hit the ball. At that point, make one little jump forward so you end up in the ready position with your weight equally distributed on both feet. You can now move either to the right or to the left to make the volley.
3. The cardinal rule of a good volley is: get as close to the net as possible. In that position, so close to the net, you have more potential angles for your return and cutting down on the possibilities of hitting your volleys into the net.
4. After the first volley, wherever it may be, you should always move forward. Never stand still or retreat. The closer you are to the net, the better angles you can get to hit a winner or unreturnable shot.
5. As you advance, remember to stop completely your forward movement at the moment when your opponent hits his return shot. Anticipate where your opponent is going to hit the ball, committing yourself toward that direction. Otherwise, you don't have much time if you hesitate.
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