The biggest difference I see between higher and lower level
doubles players is that better players generally move forward
as they prepare to hit a volley. They get in close to the
net and "close the deal."
What I mean by this is that these players anticipate when
their opponents are hitting a shot they can volley, and
then move toward the ball immediately so as to hit the most
offensive volley they can. They don't wait passively for
the ball to come to them but step in and take the ball early.
By hitting their volley closer to the net, they have an
easier, safer shot. The net is less of an obstacle and the
court is more open.
players, in contrast, seldom move forward. Some don't move
their feet at all. As a result, these players often volley
balls below their knees, giving their opponents a weak,
rising ball that begs to be killed. Inexperienced doubles
players, rather than step in, often back up and hit what
could have been a relatively easy volley as a desperation
half-volley or a groundstroke.
the easiest volley to hit is a shoulder level ball. If you
can also take this ball several feet inside the service
line (what is called the ideal volleying position), your
margin of safety is much greater. More court is open and
you will be hitting down on the ball, making it a difficult
shot to return. Moreover, by taking the ball early, you
give your opponents less time to react.
anticipate your volleys earlier, do a split-step just as
your opponent begins to strike the ball. With your weight
forward, try to spring out of the split step just as the
ball leaves your opponent's racquet. This will enable you
to react quickly to the ball, taking one or several steps
forward or laterally to intercept the volley.
time you're playing doubles, anticipate the volley and move
forward to take it earlier and higher above the net. Close
the deal on your volleys. You'll win more points and you'll
have more fun at doubles.
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