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The Tennis4You Workshop- "Learn to Volley Up First"
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One of the key components of a good volley is the combination of arc and underspin. The arc is important because of the importance of, first, avoiding the net. The underspin allows a player to control the depth of the ball at a variety of speeds.

Using a continental grip and an open racquet face will set the foundation for these two elements of arc and spin. One of the best ways to get used to these concepts is to get a garbage pail and practice feeding the balls (with arc and underspin) into the bucket. If the bucket is taller that's even better, as in order for the ball to go in the bucket you have to create some arc and can't send it in on a line drive.

It is best first to begin at a short distance, doing self-feeding, then increase the distance (and the challenge). A checkpoint for spin is to see if the ball is rotating vertically as it leaves your strings, not horizontally.

A step further would be to have a practice partner either toss or feed balls, again beginning with a short distance and increasing the distance between you and the bucket with your success.

Once you learn to volley up first, it is easy to bring the ball down and decrease the arc for more penetrating volleys. But to try for "hard" volleys first usually makes it difficult for the player to experience the touch and feel learned by incorporating arc and underspin at first. The ability to hit a drop volley, short angles and a lob volley, among others, will dramatically improve with increased arc and spin control.

Good Luck on the Court!!!
Scott Baker
e-mail: tennis4you@hotmail.com