1. Stay low
The word low here does not mean drop the head of your racquet
down without the rest of your body. You need to bend your
knees and stay low (with your whole body) to the ground to
hit a good 1/2 volley. Letting your racquet head drop below
your wrist is allowing yourself to be lazy and you will have
much less control of your shot.
2. Aim deep
Try to hit the 1/2 volley as deep in the court as you can.
If you hit the ball shallow in the court you are giving your
opponent a chance to be offensive on their next shot.
3. Hit early
ry to hit the ball right after the bounce. Hitting the ball
early goes hand in hand with staying low.
4. Keep your eyes on the ball
Do not take your eyes off the ball too early for this shot.
You must be completely focused on the ball.
5. Keep moving forward
This is not a shot that you want your body weight to stand
still (or move backwards) if you can help it. Keep your weight
moving towards the net before, during and after you hit the
ball. You usually only get stuck hitting half volleys when
you are approaching the net. Keeping your weight moving forward
will help you to hit a cleaner ball and keep the ball deep
as well as allowing you to get closer to the net into a more
6. No fancy stuff
This shot needs to be kept simple. No spins, no power, just
get the ball over the net, aim deep and continue to close
into the net.
The 1/2 volley is not an easy shot. If you
get lazy while trying to hit this shot your point will most
likely end in disaster. If you stay focused and execute the
shot right you will end up winning more points.
Good Luck on the