How to Succeed on the Tennis Volley


In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany and certified Tennis Pro Marti Capestany talk about how to succeed on your tennis volley.

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  • Date August 14, 2018
  • Tags Net Play

Responses (20)

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  1. Marilla
    September 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm · Reply

    This was very encouraging! I think that now I’m willing to move in faster so I can get into zone 3 or 2. I’ve always held back in case the ball was coming over low, but your explanation made a lot of sense to me. Thanks as always.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 15, 2020 at 8:19 pm · Reply

      Glad you liked it.

  2. Tom 🎾 Katovsky
    August 31, 2020 at 10:48 am · Reply

    Great demo. First met WTCA event NYC
    Thanks for bring this lost art back. Rosewall was a master at what you showed in your demo.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm · Reply

      Thanks Tom

  3. Dave Giddens
    August 26, 2020 at 1:58 am · Reply





    • Jorge Capestany
      September 5, 2020 at 2:46 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dave, I hope it helps your players … and YES, my wife is awesome!

  4. Joseph A Oriti
    August 25, 2020 at 7:46 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Thank you for considering my questions. It so happens that I like this style of play. Club pros tell me I have to be more discreet on when to come in to the net.
    1) After I hit a deep cross court transition volley, do I keep closing the net or do I wait at the back of the service box and try to anticipate what type of shot, lob or drive, my opponent is going to hit. Obviously, opposing teams start lobbing my partner after they realize I come in so much.
    2) Do I close only after hitting short non-heavy or angled volleys?

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 5, 2020 at 2:48 pm · Reply

      I suggest that after that volley, you need to see the affect is has on your opponent… NOT the quality of the volley itself. The real question is what is does to the opponent, if your opponent is wounded and moving back, you need to be ready to NOT close in because they are in trouble and more likely to lob.

  5. Alan Richter
    August 24, 2020 at 4:23 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Great demonstration on the volley. I’m gonna set up my ball machine to feed as you did and have a two line drill with the players moving in and hitting three volleys. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Alan Richter

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 24, 2020 at 7:42 pm · Reply

      No problem…

  6. Gene Hosford
    September 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm · Reply

    I must say that as always you have lent an understanding to a subject which I’m sure has caused more than a small amount of frustration for those of us involved with school teams. I’m a former high school coach now a parks/rec instructor and volunteer coach for a local high school team. Volleys seem to be a difficult area for most students, I believe, for a couple of reasons: 1. We teach them to swing through their shots (forehand & backhand), emphasizing full swings from deep in the court, low to high, and follow-through. 2. After hours of practice and imprinting upon them that the forehand/backhand must be hit with a certain technique/form, then comes the volley: no take back, no swing, short follow through, moving in to the dreaded “No-Man’s Land” (Zone 2) to gain an advantage of better angles and reduced time. Beginners, in my experience, try to apply the forehand technique to the volley with some interesting results.
    The dreaded “No-Man’s Land”, traditionally taught to be avoided at all costs, versus the baseline, is where a relatively easy volley may be accomplishes as opposed to a half-volley sitter from the baseline.
    Just a thought for future reference: I noticed that you didn’t discuss a volley from Zone 2 normally being a set up volley and not a put-away volley.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm · Reply

      Thanks Gene

  7. Frank Sacks
    August 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge:

    I hope you and your family are well. I love this video and it is so timely. I am coaching a girl’s high school team in Wilmette, Illinois and we have been working on very same issue. We have two volley goals: hitting the volley close to the net and above the net. Tennis instruction in many settings has unfortunately become one dimensional with a myopic focus on ground strokes and possibly serving. Instead, our team goals are to be able to hit first serves consistently, returns deep if the server stays back( low and short for incoming servers) and hitting first volleys primarily crosscourt.
    I also like the reference to Ideal Volley Position or IVP. I believe this was from Peter Burwash. He defined IVP, BVP (Best Volley Position) and DVP (Defensive Volley Position). Is this where you acquired the IVP reference?
    Thank you very much for this video.
    Best regards,
    Frank Sacks MBA, USPTA/PTR

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm · Reply

      Thanks Frank… good luck this season!

  8. Neil Vroegop
    August 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge:

    Your volley concept, as it relates to court position, is very sound. You’re right, if a player has reasonably good
    volley skills, their correct position will markedly reduce errors.

    Your demonstration painted a good mental picture to get that accomplished.

    Thank you………..Neil.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm · Reply

      Thanks Neil

  9. Sam
    August 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm · Reply

    I play on clay it is not that I’m bad at getting to the ball and volleying, but the problem is may be my aim is wrong.
    I tend to loose the point unless it is a good drop shot and really on top of it or the oponent is really out of place and i mange to volly to open court. Otherwise opponent will lob or after 2 vollyies i’m out of place and will get passe. Specillay clay is slow and opponent has enough time to get to the ball.

    I think in clay what works is slice rather than volly. Slice forhand or backhand. I have a friend i play regularly, rally good at slice forhand and backhand, ball does not bounce and win lot of points at the net.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks Sam

  10. Tudor Filip
    August 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm · Reply

    Hi Coach Capestany,
    I always appreciate your instructions/videos but I think in this case there is a component that is flawed.
    At club level we rarely get returns of serve that deep which changes significantly where that volley “comfort zone” starts. So if one’s not quick enough to get inside the service line after the serve, volleying the return of serve can be somewhat difficult… IMHO



    • Jorge Capestany
      August 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm · Reply

      Good feedback Tudor…

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