A shot that the pros hit regularly and with consistency is the swinging volley; but for us hackers, it is an iffy selection. Gigi Fernandez provided some tips in the April issue of Tennis Magazine…
An Airborne Groundstroke
“You could call the shot in airborne ground stroke. It’s usually hit at the shoulder level or above, but the technique is similar to your regular ground strokes. The keys to hitting this shot effectively are:
- Shorten your backswing
- Hit through the shot with extended follow through
- Hit from low to high, to generate topspin
“The swinging volley is best used as an approach to get your team to the net. Don’t overhit it, and remember that the purpose of the shot is not to hit an outright winner, but to put pressure on your opponents.”
Even though my pro-partner, Hank Irvine says I should not even attempt this shot, for me to have any hope of making this shot, I have to be sure to have switched my grip from the Continental (for “regular” volleys) to the forehand – or even semi Western—grip to drive through the ball.
How about YOU… can you hit this challenging shot?
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