Tennis Tips - Volley
Symptom 2: "OK Ace, I think I have the grip down, but, I still always seem to be late for volleys. I'm
either hitting the ball behind me or into the net. What's up with that?
Tip 2: If you're late on your volleys, then your racket head is probably to your side or even behind
you when you strike the ball. You have to keep your racket in front of you! (See the picture above,
where Ace demonstrates the ready position.)
When volleying, don't take a backswing - the stroke is a short punch (or even a block) with a
short follow through. See the picture of me below - my racket would be over my shoulder on a
normal follow through after a ground stroke.
Always hit the ball in front of you and keep your racket head up (above your wrist) when you hit.
This means, if you have to hit a low volley, then you have to bend your knees to get down to it.
Think of your legs/knees as elevators - go up or down depending upon where the ball is.
More Volleying Tips:
Here are a couple of more tips I've picked up over the years. Try them - I'm sure they'll work out
pretty good for you!
When following your serve to the net, take a short, balanced "hop" just before the service line.
This helps you see where your opponent's return is going, so you can move to the best spot to
cut it off with a volley.
Positioning - If you approach down the line, try to get between the center service line and the
sideline. However, cheat a little for the down the line shot. You should still be able to cover most
cross court returns of your volley and the down the line shot this way. It will take an extreme &
short topspin crosscourt return to pass you on that side. (Ace likes your chances here against
If you approach down the middle, then straddle the center line. This cuts off most angles for your
Also, get as close to the net as you can, but, not too close, unless you enjoy chasing down lobs!
When your partner serves in doubles, stay about 6-10 feet behind the net & halfway between the
center line and the doubles sideline. When your partner is receiving serve, stand just inside the
service box, about 2-3 feet from the center line.
Try using a slice on your approaches. These days, with most people hitting heavy topspin, the
slice approach just isn't used much anymore. But try it! It keeps the ball low and takes some pace
off the ball. Big hitters don't like that, especially if they are using a Western grip!
Symptom 1: "OK Ace, help me out here - I can never can make up my mind on what grip to
use when I want to volley."
Tip 1: You can use whatever grip you feel comfortable with - really! If the shot comes to
your forehand side, then use a forehand grip. If it comes to your backhand side, then use a
However, please note the following:
If you're using a semi-western or western grip, then you'll have a horrible time volleying
low balls. Plus, you won't have time to change grips if shots come back to you on either
side during a rapid fire exchange at the net..
For these reasons, Ace recommends using a Continental grip for volleying. Most great
volleyers use this grip - it's simple, easy to learn, and perfect for backhand and forehand
OK - if you want to be a good tennis player, sooner or later you're
gonna have to come to the net!
And when you're at the net, you have to know how to volley.
It's really pretty simple - just follow the tips below, and you'll
soon be a terror at the net!