The FIVE Volley Types in Tennis


A disussion about the 5 different types of volleys that exist in tennis.

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  1. Jane Gens
    January 5, 2020 at 12:34 am · Reply

    Can’t thank you enough for this. I am trying to improve my volley and this video really sums it up and gives me direction. I love the way you teach!

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 7, 2020 at 8:53 pm · Reply

      Awesome Jane.. good luck with your net game!

  2. Don
    July 7, 2019 at 12:07 am · Reply

    Very clear and concise instruction. I would have added the swinging volley and the drop volley.

  3. Jack
    July 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm · Reply

    Thanks, always good information

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 2, 2019 at 3:51 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Jack

  4. Bruce
    July 2, 2019 at 2:23 pm · Reply

    Always look forward to these tips. I often forward to my students. The only thing I would add is to reinforce the use of the Continental grip when executing the volley.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 2, 2019 at 3:51 pm · Reply

      Good idea

  5. Tim Miller
    July 1, 2019 at 11:00 pm · Reply

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 2, 2019 at 3:52 pm · Reply

      No problem Tim

  6. christophe jousse
    February 7, 2018 at 2:05 pm · Reply

    it’s been about one year that i’m following you from France,
    all your videos are great for me, i’m a very average recreational player 52 y.o. and about 4.0 by your count.
    It seems crazy for me to learn more and more about inside real coaching by you than by any coach for recreational player in france. I’m sorry to say that to my french team mate but you mastered the coaching way over what i thought could be and for that i’m very grateful.
    It helps me a lot trying to plan training with my friends who are interested in progress.

    Thank you again very much Jorge

    by the way any chance for a camp with you for my group level ?


    ps : i’m not sure it was perfectly clear english but i’m sure you got it

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm · Reply

      Thanks Chrisophe!!

  7. Lori
    November 17, 2016 at 1:28 am · Reply

    Hi Jorge: That was an awesome breakdown of the different types of volleys. It was simple and concise. I will use it in my clinics. Thank you

  8. Gary
    November 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm · Reply

    Can break it down into an approach volley or block volley. With or without shoulder involvement. Why make it any more complicated?

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm · Reply

      Hi Gary, I have found that explaining it this way actually make it LESS complicated. At least that is what has worked for my students. I simply had too many of them lumping all volleys into the same category.

  9. Jane Gens
    November 12, 2016 at 10:50 am · Reply

    Excellent break down! Thanks Jorge. Great help with that tweener volley as well. That is the toughest one in my book!

  10. Lia
    November 10, 2016 at 10:52 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge
    Thanks for the heat video. I have a few adult begginers and what do you think I should start teach them in volleys..? The way you present them?
    Thanks fir all the great info!
    Lia , Greece!

  11. Gabe
    November 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,like always really good info.What do you think about a 6th volley “the swinging volley”…I see a lot of recreational players at higher levels using it against “moon balls”.

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm · Reply

      I like that as a 6th option. It is almost exclusively what happens on the WTA when they are volley near no-mans land.

  12. Hugo
    November 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm · Reply

    Excellent ! Very clear, concise and well explain ! Thank you.

  13. Hank Philmon
    November 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm · Reply

    enjoyed the named five group Names

  14. Robert Bernstein
    November 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm · Reply

    Jorge, Enjoy your instruction videos. Per the problem volleys, I have found sometimes we use too much open wrists on high volleys rather than punching straight through. Thanks again. Bob Bernstein

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm · Reply

      I agree Bob. I say it is like a high 5… in other words, when I give a High 5 there is no follow through.

  15. Alan
    November 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm · Reply

    A great video for me. Especially how to hit that d____d tweener! Thank you.

  16. Jeebee
    November 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm · Reply

    Excellent differentiation. Right on point – especially regarding the last type, the high, almost overhead type and definitely the one I miss the most. Thanks much!

  17. Dave Smith
    November 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm · Reply

    Very good, a brilliant refresher lesson on the volleys, many thanks. Dave Smith Belfast

  18. Mo
    November 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm · Reply

    Thanks for the tip…

  19. Mike
    November 10, 2016 at 10:31 am · Reply

    Great video (again — as usual). Thanks for helping us catagorize/classify the different types of volleys which helps keep us tennis pros organized in teaching. I think we all know this in our teaching, but to help students understand to treat the shots differently depending on the situation is crucial. Keep up the great work buddy.


  20. Catherine Tharin
    November 10, 2016 at 3:37 am · Reply

    Thank you, Jorge. Very clear explanation and masterful teaching.

  21. Gabriel Fainguersch
    November 10, 2016 at 12:04 am · Reply

    Muy bueno Jorge, muy claro los 5 tipos de voleas, un saludo desde Mexico

  22. Skip
    November 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm · Reply

    I have attended a number of tennis clinics and never knew that there were more than two or three types of follies. Thanks.

  23. Hilde
    November 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm · Reply

    Hai Jorge,
    Can you give me drills to practice these 5 different type of volleys in a group of 4-6 students. I prefer everybody to do something.
    Thanks Hilde

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm · Reply

      I would check out my drills website that has more than 1,700 drills. You can get a bunch of free samples on there as well.

  24. Alex Holder
    November 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm · Reply

    Great video George! Would love to hear about leverage and body position on volleys as well👍

  25. Pattu
    November 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge, Great 5 different types volley drills for all levels and ages, specially these days gor young players, who live on the baseline, I am old school big on volleys, and teach

    question, I teach my students, what I call volley any where on the crt, if u r playing dbls r singles, and the ball us hit, u don’t any other options, will that be the 5th volley u r talking about in the video, u r thoughts,
    thanks, pattu

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm · Reply

      Yes Pattu, I think that s the fifth volley type in the video

  26. Ted
    November 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm · Reply


  27. omar
    November 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm · Reply

    Talking about, volley would be very cool to upload a slow motion video of Misha Zverev.

  28. Chad Messier
    November 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm · Reply

    Very helpful. Thank you!

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