How to Handle the High Volley


Best advice on how to handle the difficult high volley.

Project Details

  • Date August 12, 2016
  • Tags Net Play

Responses (23)

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  1. Paul Marcum
    October 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm · Reply

    Great point Jorge! Every recreational player should see this and every pro should teach this. Thanks.

  2. larry Albritton
    August 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm · Reply

    good points as always. I don’t have an arrow, but I tell my students to always have the butt of the racquet pointing at their feet at the beginning of the stroke and at the end. same effect is achieved. have gotten good feedback that it has helped them be better at their volleys.

  3. Jane Gens
    August 14, 2016 at 2:25 am · Reply

    Thanks for teaching me so much! I don’t always look forward to opening up my email- but when I see your video’s they make it all worth it! I get all my work done so I can enjoy the educational moment. Your tennis presence is tops!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm · Reply

      Thanks Jane.. I appreciate that.

  4. Joe G
    August 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm · Reply

    This is always a good one to circle back to and go over even if you saw it/learned it before. Good instruction Jorge!

  5. Arthur Wolf
    August 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm · Reply

    Another great video focussing a problem that so many have. Love the teaching aid arrow as I think this would help many of my students, particularly the visual learners. I am a Head Pro in Ontario, Canada and use many of your videos and drills when working with younger instructors/pros to create lesson plans. I find so many of my staff need to see it to believe it as they say. Great work and thanks for partnering with Tennis Canada.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm · Reply

      Thanks Arthur…

  6. Mark Piovesana
    August 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm · Reply

    I am a tennis coach in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I discovered your website through the Tennis Canada website. All of your teaching videos are simple, clear and concise. In my opinion they are all so fundamentally sound that it makes a very difficult game look easy. We run a program called Destination 3.5 whereby we offer our newer and less experienced members instruction to help them get to the level where they can truly enjoy the game of tennis for the rest of their lives. The goal is to have these novice tennis enthusiasts be comfortable playing anywhere and with anyone. After watching many of your video instruction segments, I will introduce your website to our Destination 3.5 group and encourage them to watch and learn.

    There are lots of tennis instruction videos out the Jorge, but your demeanour and focus on the skill being addressed is as good as anything I’ve ever seen. No wonder Tennis Canada has you as a partner!

    Thank you!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm · Reply

      Thanks a lot Mark.. Sounds like you got a cool thing going.

  7. Ted
    August 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm · Reply

    You and your family are tops!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 12, 2016 at 11:47 pm · Reply

      Thanks Ted. I have a couple of Rockstar gals in my life!

  8. Mike Alcott
    August 12, 2016 at 9:27 pm · Reply

    Just picking apart the whole game of tennis one stroke at a time. My favorite line in this episode is where you describe the floater as “THE DEVIL IN DISGUSE!” I love it. I’m stealing that one from you and using it the next time that situation comes up. You are so right, though that I’ve seen so many players run up to that ball and just swat it either in the net or in the fence and very few in between. Great job as usual.
    Mike Alcott, USPTA.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm · Reply

      Thanks Mike

  9. Rick Golden
    August 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm · Reply

    Such a deceptive ball when it is high and short but so problematic. Thanks for your excellent analysis and solution to a chronic problem I have had for dare I say…decades

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm · Reply

      No problem Rick, good luck on the courts.

  10. Chuck
    August 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm · Reply


  11. Coach Al
    August 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm · Reply

    The feet the feet the feet, its all about the feet. that’s what I always say. Thank you for another great video to reinforce what I tell my students.

  12. Dave Cresap
    August 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm · Reply

    Great points on how to handle high volley. Where can we get those arrows to use? Thank

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm · Reply

      I got the arrow from OncourtOffcourt. Thanks

  13. Daniel breag
    August 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge – great video was just teaching this concept yesterday. Will borrow this idea next time I teach the high volley

  14. Mick
    August 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm · Reply

    Love it! I like how the focus is on the feet. That helps a lot.

  15. David Smith
    August 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm · Reply

    Well done! The comments with the arrow are spot on as well as when the player doesn’t “keep the plane the same” (the phrase, as you know, I use!) Also, as a follow up, those high floaters are usually dropping at some angle. Thus, if a player hits the ball flat, the reflective angle of the ball off a flat racquet face is usually equal to or greater than the incident angle of the ball coming to the racquet. This is another reason so many hit the ball in the bottom of the net. Finally, as you addressed the feet so very well, the added point I’d mention is that when a player stops moving, the upper body tends to close down over the center of gravity. This makes the racquet face close too, again, hitting the ball in the net.

    Love seeing your daughter hit and your very clear explanations! People, pay attention to this instruction!!!

    David W. Smith
    Author, Tennis Mastery, Coaching Mastery, Hidden Mickey

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm · Reply

      Great insights coach David…

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