I don’t know about you; but my shot nemesis for years has been the high forehand volley. That ‘sitter’ you should NEVER miss; but I do more often than I would like to admit. So I have asked friends, partners, and pros what I am doing wrong and what to do to correct it. Here are some of the key pointers I have heard:
• Roy Emerson: Picture there is a horizontal ruler that you want to hit the ball along.
• Spike Gonzales: Picture there is a post two feet in front of you on your hitting side; and you have to step forward with your racquet in front of it to hit the ball.
• B. Manning: Keep your upper body ‘quiet’ and picture hitting the ball like a ‘hammer hitting a nail’.
• Mike Lewis: Yes, a hammer and nail; but not hitting down… hitting UP
• Chuck Kinyon: Your body weight has to be going forward on all volleys
• John Newcombe: Start the swing with the inside shoulder muscle “pulling” the racquet arm foreword (he says, “I own that shot”)
• Larry Turville: CRUSH the ball by using a swinging volley
While it appears these comments seem to be all over the place, there are some consistent elements. When you see that ball floating slowly over the net to your high forehand …
• Turn your shoulders and crossover step with your opposite foot.
• Keep your eye on the ball
• Use a short (or no) backswing
• Hit the shot with confidence
Well, I am going to work on this and YOU tell me the next time we play if it is working or not!