By Ron Steege, Director of Tennis, USPTA Elite Coach
A common mistake that club players make with their volley is dropping the racquet head and hands somewhere around their waist. This often leads to mishits, popups and weak volleys in general. To avoid this problem you should attempt to keep your racquet head up around eye level and your eyes below the level of the incoming ball. This generally means bending at the waist and knees to get your eyes low enough for an average height ball.
To understand this concept and get the feel, try sitting in a chair about six feet the net and have someone feed you several tennis balls. You’ll be amazed at how much better your volley becomes on either side from this position. Now try to replicate this lower posture with your racquet head up on the court without a chair, you should experience instant success!
Give this a try and I hope you have fun playing better tennis!
Director of Tennis
Ron has been in the tennis industry since 1983. He got his start with the prestigious John Gardiner organization and worked at various locations throughout the country including Arizona, California and Florida. He served on the USPTA Intermountain Board, the Colorado Tennis Association Board and is currently the Colorado District Representative on the USTA Intermountain Board. Ron is active in the USPTA and has won several awards including the Intermountain Tester of the year four times. He was Intermountain Pro of the Year in 2001 and Facility Manager of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2018. He is an accomplished speaker having presented at divisional conventions, the USPTA World Conference and IHRSA.
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