Volley (right hand)

The volley shot is used when a tennis player wants to strike the ball over the net before it bounces. This concept allows the ball to be returned quickly and to stop their opponent from getting into position to play a perfect shot.

Stage one

  • As the ball is returned, stand in position on the balls of your feet, with knees slightly bent.
  • The body should be facing forward towards the ball with racket held at waist height pointing towards the ball.

Stage two

  • Lift the racket towards head height.
  • Fully extend your right arm and rotate the shoulder away from the ball until the racket is slightly behind your head.

Stage three

  • Shift your weight from back to front foot and step towards the ball.
  • Extend your racket towards the ball, whilst keeping your left arm out and extended for balance.
  • Keep your eyes on the ball.

Stage four

  • On impact, keep firm wrists.
  • The forward swing should travel from high to low, aiming to hit the ball downwards.
  • The racket should follow through very slightly, pointing towards the intended target, mimicking a chopping action.
  • Return back to ready position for the next shot.