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C4L5: Balanced Volleys

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The non hitting hand really plays an important role here in the volleys, to keep the geometry of the stroke intact. You know the geometry being what we have talked about in the first 3 months. As you can see here on the backhand volley right away that left hand and right hand are holding the 45 in balance during the contact. You can see in this respect it looks quite simple but it gets a little more complex as we go. With the backhand certainly its easier because the left hand always goes in the same spot. You will notice on the forehand the left hand goes into different positions depending on whether the ball is coming at a player or he is stretching wide into the hit. In both cases the left hand is used to create stability on the hit and balance on the 45 degree angle. We are going to show you how thats done. For starters here on the forehand left comes across and then at contact its still facing the ball right? Its still facing that 45 sort of compressing the 45 degree angle. Thats in a perfect world, thats if the ball is coming right to you, see here Steven is just rallying so that left hand stays in the shot the whole time. I am going to show you how hands act as scales. See how one is up and one is down keeping the balance on the 45 degree angle. Watch here how Paul has a very nice looking volley. See that left hand see how strong it stays. Stabilizing the body as the racket head flares out, extends out into the 45 degree angle. The left hand really keeps the body stable. It keeps the head still in the middle, and this is in a perfect world. The ball comes towards Paul on this next shot as it comes right at his body. See this he steps out of the way, but look at that left hand, its very strong palm facing in and as he makes contact with this ball his left hand actually holds his stability. The body's stability throughout the stroke. The forehand has many different ways of using the left hand in an ideal world. The backhand is a little more simple because it always wether the ball is coming at me or its wide it always does the same thing, or when its high. A little showing off there by the old man. The left hands role here is #1 the left hand is used to place to the racket head right on the ball, right at the 45 degree angle thats what its for on the backhand volley. It places the racket right there. See that then from there its all body. You do a little figure 8 in and out and as my hips come out and I go into the hit my hands split and mirror off the 45 degree angle. See that and the hands coil equally. Look at my left hand, there is a coil in that left arm, same with the right arm. So as the racket slopes downward the left hand comes up a little bit. So they are always acting as scales off of one another. Here is what I was talking about on the forehand, remember how the left stayed across and compressed now on a wide ball look at what Warren has to do to be stable at the 45. He actually has to stretch that arm behind him technically speaking, geometrically speaking at the 135 degree angle. He is stretching out towards there to keep stable on the 45 degree angle at the hit. So be aware the left hand on the forehand although it always plays the same role, it is important to know that sometimes it stretches across and compresses and sometimes it stretches behind you to do the same thing. Backhand simple, see as Pauls left hand goes up the hitting hand goes down. See that Beautiful looking volley, its really hard to find a good volley to show how this stuff is done. I really have to use my own students and try hard to do it right here. The racket head is placed on the ball and that left hand is really key. Know what you are doing with that left hand.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 49 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jack Broudy
Director: Jack Broudy
Views: 38
Posted by: jackbroudy on Jan 8, 2014

The non-dominant side of your body acts like "scales" to maintain balance. at net.

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