As an instructor, one of my favorite volley drills with 2 or more students
is a variant of the hot seat drill. I position one person on the tee,
and one on the baseline on the deuce side of the court. I stand just inside
the service line, directly in front of the person on the baseline. The
focus here is on forehand ground strokes and forehand volleys.
I begin by feeding a ball to the baseline person, who hits a controlled
forehand ground stroke back to me. I volley this ball to the person standing
on the tee, who volleys the ball back to me. I volley this ball back to
the baseline person, who again hits a ground stroke back to me. We continue
this way, trying to keep the ball in play, until someone makes an error.
After several minutes, I rotate the two students.
If there are three students, I put two on the baseline and have them
alternate their forehand hits as in a circle drill. I might also have
them each stand on the baseline facing each other, one hitting forehands
and the other backhands. After several minutes, I rotate the 3 students.
After 10 minutes or so of feeding and hitting on the forehand side, I
shift over to the ad court and now focus on the backhand ground stroke
from the baseline and the backhand volley from the tee.
This is a great drill for building confidence and quickening reaction
time for net play for beginners and intermediates. For more advanced students,
I try to hit more random volleys: high, low, hard, soft, forehands, and
I think the reason I love this drill so much is that it forces me to
be very precise in my volleying and gives me great practice for my own