For several years at Newk’s Fantasy Camp, I was working with Emmo to try to correct this flaw in my net game. His advice? Volley like your racquet is on a table top … and clear it off. In other words, come across on a flat plane.
I was listening to Fred counsel a new doubles partner on this stroke; and his advice? Severely chop down on the volley to create bite on the ball as it hits the court.
When talking with one of my favorite “tournament mentors,” Hank Irvine essentially advised an exact middle ground. His advice? Hit the high volley like you are “landing an airplane.” In other words, not parallel to the court, nor too severely that you would “crash land”; but on a smooth, angled descent.
He also had another great piece of advice – which I am all too frequently guilty of NOT following … “always know where your racquet head is.” (NOTE: Hank called and corrected me… it is know where your racquet FACE is at all times. When you think about it, that is much more accurate: your racquet head could be in the right place, but angled the wrong way. As always… thanks!)
Put those two pieces of advice together and you might make more of those high volleys than you miss.
What are your high volley keys?
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