December Tennis Tip: Pass the Punch, Feel the Flow: Volley Me

By Molly Carr - December 6, 2015

December Tennis Tip: 
Busting Through the Myth
Pass the Punch, Feel the Flow
The Volley

The flowing tennis volley technique is the type of volley that you’ll need the most often, yet this technique is not taught much.
The punch volley is likely what you’re all familiar with, but that type of volleying is typically used for finishing the point at the net.
To even get to that position, you’ll first need to set it up, and that’s where the flowing or transition volley is used.
Every time I teach the volley to a player (unless I am working with a young beginner), 
I have to find ways to “break down” the punch volley muscle memory that has been ingrained in the player.
The punch volley technique in tennis requires the player to step forward and stop while at the same time holding the racquet very firmly and applying a strong, short punch to the ball.
All these processes cause the player to tense up before the contact. Here are just a few of the disadvantages of the punch volley technique:

Tennis punch volley

Punch volley technique has many disadvantages

  • Inability to adjust quickly to different heights and distances – Tense muscles (limbs) are “locked” into a position, and the player cannot adjust to the ball.
  • Inability to control fast incoming shots – Tense muscles are unable to absorb the energy of the incoming ball, and the player is unable to control fast passing shots played at him.
  • Difficulties playing deep volleys – When hitting the ball before or around the service line, the short contact of the punch motion will not give you good control of the depth of your volleys.

The punch volley is useful only when the player is receiving a slow and relatively high incoming ball and he is quite close to the net.
In this case, the depth is not that important; rather, the player finishes the volley at an angle while hitting the ball quite hard.

​The reality of tennis is much more complex, and learning only a punch volley just won’t cut it.

In fact, most volleys in singles and doubles (for the server) will be the flowing volley, which will be the first volley played after the approach or the serve.
This volley will be a transition shot after which the player will close in on the net and have the chance to finish the point with another volley, this time most likely the punch type or with an overhead. 
Watch this awesome video to take a look at the pitfalls of trying to hold strong at the net with only one technique. Also, watch some really great drills to work on your flow and move through the volley. Ask your partner or coach to watch these drills and setup for you. Some of this might be new for you. Feel the flow in your game! Read the Full article here.

Click Here for the FANTASTIC VIDEO!

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