This is going to sound silly when you read it, but I have found a very basic solution to most volleying problems.
One of my weakest shots (especially under pressure) is the forehand volley. All too often, I find myself looking to where I want to hit the shot and/or not turning my shoulders (but standing square to the net).
The solution for me? Watch the ball into the racquet.
Sure, that’s Tennis 101. But many good things happen for me when I do. First of course, I see the ball better and make better contact. But equally important, turning my head to watch the ball into the racquet forces me to turn my body, and not stand square to the net.
Once I have fully mastered this basic principle, I can then remember to work on other key pointers:
- Donâ€™t take your racquet back (Roy Emerson),
- Just punch the volley with a short, 2â€ stroke (Jack Lease),
- Never end with your racquet head below the net (Fred Stolle),
- Bend your legs to get to the low volley (Geoff Masters).
- Keep moving forward (Brian Gottfried),
- High forehand: start the racquet head in front of you (Mark Woodforde),
- Angle volley: keep racquet head way out in front (Newk)