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C3L4: Line Up Your Volleys

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Lets get into how to hit perfect volleys. Its not done right very often even at the top level of the pros. Not a lot of people we can use as an example. Maybe Edburg if you want to go way back in time. Sampras had great volley's. Federer has nice volleys, Nadal, not too many of the women. Ennen had good volleys but there is a science to the volley. It is completely misunderstood at the moment. There is no longer a punch or a block. What you want to make sure you do is line up your volley whether its to the forehand or the backhand of course we are talking righty. Then the other thing is your figure 8 on this stroke is very small its more the thought of figure 8. Take a look here you can see the very little movement in Warrens hips, very little movement. So its a tight little figure 8. The other rule in this stroke is it actually has a coil. Look at Warrens two hands see how they mirror at the 45 degree angle. Balancing off his body in a nice round coil there. As the hands move along the 45 degree angle he stays very close to the grist meaning his hand stays very close to that 45 degree angle. So the hips really supply the power the racket sort of moves out to the white arrow there. Sort of like a waving flag and as it makes contact the head lays into the ball, sort of like a non linear piston like a fish tail. Think of it that way. It goes from the center of Warrens body out to the periphery out to the hit. It goes in a rippling fashion as it lays into the ball, right out the 45. Take a look at Steven here he is lining up his shot right now. He faces the net but the first thing he does is line up the 45 and he pretty much stays right there. Just maybe on the 8 board one inch on one side and then one inch to the other. Thats it if you watch his feet they move very very little and his arm moves very little. The way it moves it starts here, close see how he is right on that line. Hands balanced and then as he comes back in with his feet he goes right there a tight transition from concave to convex. As he extends out into the hit. He actually makes contact with the ball convex. So it really isn't a matter of moving toward the ball and hitting the back of the ball its more of expanding out from the inner from your inner body lets call it the first ring outside your body. To the fourth ring outside your body and you expand out. Lets take a look at the backhand and you line up the backhand pretty much the exact same as the forehand, red arrow at the 45, sign curve in and out attached to the figure 8. See how the white arrow and the figure 8 begin together. So same thing here both boys have nice volleys. The first thing they do is line up both their hands, they don't do it very quickly, move very precisely. So at that point Steven has pretty much done his turn in now, and here is where the transition comes right as he brings his hips out towards the court goes from concave to convex see that and now he comes out to hit convex. See how his racket lines up with that white arrow. His left hand holds his balance right there. At this point his racket lays nicely into the ball. The hit hit is absorbed by the racket. So its very easy on the body once again. So now when you watch a player here in slow motion you can see he really hasn't moved his arm much, even though you don't see it in his body he is actually moving his body in and out of the stroke. As his racket flares out to the 45, watch here once it can't go any further it just sort of disappears. Once it can't go out into the 45 any more it just sort of comes down and disappears. So for all you players and coaches out there I want to show you what goes wrong here. See on this shot Warren is a little ahead of the 45, see he is a little early. His left hand see how its turned out, back of his is facing the ball. So what happens there because he is early, he doesn't feel the stability out there. His racket head turns under like that and certainly he misses that shot. Definitely looses control of that shot. You really want to line up the 45, thats the most important thing and once the edge of your racket , can't go out to the 45 any more than it just fades away. Really start to think about this S curve on both your volleys and you will see once again a dramatic improvement in your students game, your game. Start to doing it right away. Think of a flag rippling in the breeze.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jack Broudy
Director: Jack Broudy
Views: 55
Posted by: jackbroudy on Jan 7, 2014

Geometry of the volleys.

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