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How to Hit a Forehand Volley in Tennis

Let tennis pros Joe Perez and Kirk Moritz teach you how to hit a forehand volley in this Howcast video.


Kirk Moritz: Forehand volley. What is a volley? A volley is any shot you hit where the ball has not bounced yet. Any ball that you take out of the air before it hits the ground is a volley.

Forehand volley, let's think of it as two parts. Part one. From a ready position, Joe's got his knees bent. He looks like a cat ready to pounce on the ball. Ball comes to his right. He turns his hips and shoulders, keeps his racquet out in front. That's part one. Part two. Takes his left foot. Steps in and as he's putting that foot on the ground he chops into that ball.

Beginners might block the ball. More experienced players will try to create a little bit of an angle in the racquet face and chop the ball. The advantage of the chop is it creates a little backspin which is a lower bounce and a more aggressive swing. So it's pivot, step, hit. Stepping and hitting together.

Joe Perez: And you want to use a continental grip with this shot because that helps create the slice. And slice makes the ball skip and stay low on the tennis court, forcing your opponent to bend and hit up to you at the net, which makes the second volley even easier.

Also, the continental grip gives you that slice which helps you hit the ball deep in the court. Again giving you more time when you're at the net to react to the next shot.

So again. It's pivot. Step. Hit. Good. And whether you hit it with a block or a slice, the racquet head is always above your wrist. We don't volley here. Unless the ball's down around your ankles, that racquet head should stay above your wrists.

And that's the basics of a forehand volley.

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