3 December, 2019



One particularity of this game is that you hit while running forward, but that’s not the problem.

The problem lies in the lack of time between balls to make the corresponding pause, to break the forward speed and coordinate the technic at the right time to perform the natural touch in the volley.

For this reason the training of this situation has to be from less to more, and by this I mean in all senses, slow speed, a lot of time between balls and collaboration between players..
I insist that the important thing here is not how the shot comes out, but I would like to emphasize:


1. If we go to the basics, start without racket and / or simulating is a good solution for initiates or children.

For example: show and remark the pause with a small jump and look for the ball with one foot only.
Putting footprints or lines guiding the run and the adjustment steps serve as a guide as well as placing a small fence or step to jump and be able to make the fall on time. It is important to practice knowing and understanding when to make that PAUSE, because it is useless not to know when to do it.
To coordinate this pause is important to see the right moment when the opponent is about to hit, THAT IS THE MOMENT OF THE PAUSE.
And the key to this is that when I pause correctly I can go look for the ball in any direction because if the ball comes to me and I keep moving I will only be able to go to one side only.

2. By coordinating the pause and guiding the student that the moment of the hit coincides with the footstep of the foot that passes forward (not before, not after as the footstep before is for low balls) we make sure he understands that breaks the inertia in time.
This understanding can be practiced in several directions and without the ball, for example:
We put 4 volleys (1.far backhand – 2.near backhand – 3.near right – 4.far from right) Our words will be “you are going to volley to the Nº”.
This way when we start talking it will be the moment of pause and preparation to break the inertia, so when you hear the number you can go out to that volley.
That would be the most basic, from there we are adding difficulty to the exercise.

Undoubtedly and largely by a statistical issue volleys quite a lot, but the players who are on the net, mostly are very aware of the lob and for this reason never get to attack with the body volleys.
That’s why my advice is to focus the attention on the eye to know when the opponent has the chance to play from below and not move from the net until you see the lob. If we can practise this in static (without the race from behind) it will make us more routine to attack the ball with the body.
In this way, they will get that practice and habit to be of current currency incorporating this mechanics to volley.

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See you next time.



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