In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany teaches how to develop touch on your volleys.
Excellent drill. Another touch thing that works is to make the player set the first volley up to themselves (like a volleyball player setting the spike for their partner) then hit the dropper off that shot. This might be a nice middle progression before moving to the live ball dropper. Great stuff that is not practiced enough at the club level.
Great tip Jorge. You have to have this shot in your volley arsenal! Thank you
Hi Patrick, actually I do have it in my Arsenal. In fact, I may have used it too much during my playing career… ha ha
As usual, great lesson! Very useful shot.
Good tip. I’ve found that in my senior 4.5 doubles matches it is often better to hit a short, low bouncing volley than a deep, hard ball. The former requires the opponent move up and hit up over the net and gives them less court to hit into. A hard and deep volley is fine if the opponent is out of position but if they are ready for it they can drive the ball back even faster or hit a topspin lob over the net player.
Great tips for control volleys.
Good tip. The drop volley is so fun. Thank you for sharing all your tennis tips. You and your family are my favorites.
Great Video! I have many younger players on our team who have just come from junior high, and their ability to take net balls and soften the volley is in need of a lot of coaching. This simple progression, I hope, will help them learn about it. I’m just now getting them used to attacking the net balls. I think it’s time to “sophisticate” their returns.
Can you break down further the technique/motion of taking pace off the incoming ball. Many times when I hit a volley (a little over waist high) at the net, it ricochets off my racquet and ends up going out.
Ava, The best tip I can give you based on what you are describing is to loosen the tension in your grip. In other words, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being a death grip make sure you soften your grip down to about a 2 out of 5. That will help take a lot of power off the incoming ball.
I love your teaching! Good tip!
Does the face open up in reality or just drop straight back with a soft wrist/arm? Seems like opening the face produces more opportunities for frame shots?
Hi Chris I think it really is a combination of both the racket face opening and keeping a soft grip tension
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