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There is probably nothing more frustrating than missing those easy volleys and just handing your opponent free gifts. In order to avoid this scenario you’ll need to learn how to keep it simple and focus on 2 KEY POINTS that will prevent this from happening.

Keep the eyes and head still and focused on the contact zone at the moment of contact. When we look up before contact to see where our shot is going, or where our opponent is, it has a very bad effect on our ability to be consistent. Science tells us that, “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”, so the action of your head looking up early to see where your shot is going, will cause a reaction, which is the racquet moving out of position, therefore, you frame or mis-hit the ball.
To fix this problem track the ball right into your stringbed and simply tell yourself, “eyes and head still at the moment of contact” and you will start to hit much cleaner volleys with fewer misses.

Make the shoulder the hinge on the volley and swing with a FIXED wrist. If the wrist and lower arm are moving or flicking during your swing you will have inconsistent volleys, there’s too much going on. The phrase “LESS IS MORE” certainly applies to the volley. Keep it simple, short backswing and swing from the shoulder with a fixed wrist.

Tom Avery
Tom Avery

Tom Avery has been helping and coaching students for 40 years. Tom has appeared everywhere from the Tennis Channel to YouTube. His coaching and clarity is second to none. Tom empowers every player to excel at any level of the game. He has a quick fix for every problem and is often referred to as the Godfather of Tennis Video Instruction.

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