Volleying at close range

This Session looks at how you can get your players to use their volley to cut down their opponent's response time and force the error.

To get your players going full steam ahead, attack the ball and make them more comfortable when using their volley - enabling them to knock their opponent's for six - this session aims to get your players working hard!

But why attack the ball I hear you ask, is it not better to sit back and play safe shots? Well, in answer to this the answer is mixed - Yes, it can be risky going forward and volleying at close range but there are also many positive reasons advocating attacking play:

  • Cut out the effect of their opponent's spin on the ball
  • Eliminate the chances of a difficult bounce from an uneven surface
  • Gives their opponent less time to recover after playing their own shot
  • Wider choice of angles to play their shot into.
  • To get more consistent volleying from your players we work on their rat-a-tat exchanges, getting them to work on their lower arm strength as they improve these delicate and quick exchanges. Working in pairs at close range, players begin by working co-operatively trying to keep the ball from hitting the ground. As the drills progress so too does the element of competition, using aggressive play to develop all areas of the players net game for use in singles and doubles.

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