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Simple solution: place a tennis racket across your feet when practicing volleys. It's in the hands, not the feet.
Originally Posted by tennisplayer
PS - there are lots of good suggestions posted here; this easy fix designed to force the player to use his hand to find the ball is one of Oscar Wegner's "Basics". For more on his perspective on the volley you can continue this discussion on his MTM forum. Otherwise, this thread is very informative.
Last edited by Tennis Angel; 12-23-2009 at 04:02 AM.
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Hi Tennis Angel, I think I have my hand movements down as per Oscar's book (across, not through)... I do okay in warmups and practice where much movement is not really needed. While playing, however, the legs come into the picture since the ball never comes where one wants it, unfortunately! The goal of all the movement, of course, is to get the hands to the right position. Since there is no racquet head speed in a volley, unlike a ground stroke, I normally hold the racquet a little closer to the body for stability, and try to move into the shot to give it some "go". After this hand/arm maneuvering, movement comes into the picture again, because one has to get ready for the next volley - TK's and 10s1's comments address this perfectly. Net net - I'm happy with the results, but need to practice a heck of a lot more!
The guy I played yesterday is a 5.0 player who played for his university in Tokyo, and his shots are solid. At 4.5, I can rally and practice very well with him but when we play a match, you can see who's superior quite easily! Anyway, I need to move like heck when playing him at the net, and the tips in this thread are right on track. We are going to practice again tomorrow... can't wait!
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