Watch Scott Daniel demonstrate the importance of a racquet-wrist relationship and also for the varying footwork between the forehand and backhand volley.

Video Transcript:

This is Scott Daniel,

We’re going to do the Volley Tennis Tip, when we’re volleying, we want 1. Continental grip, 2. the racquet up, it’s very important that we maintain this right angle relationship between the racquet and the wrist. And try to keep the hoop above the wrist, (there’s an exception you know, when you go to a low volley, the hoop can be leveled with the wrist, but we will keep this right angle relationship.)

Also the footwork is key when volleying, we really want to avoid having the cross step be the initial step, and where you really see this is on the backhand volley.

So with the forehand volley, again, a lot of people like to return the serve by stepping out and then closing the stance when it is time to execute the volley. Where you see a lot of problems is typically the backhand volley, with the initial step is a cross step that turns the player’s back to the net. We really want to avoid this move, it’s limiting if you misread the ball you can no longer make further lateral adjustments, and it’s also bad because the recovery time is poor, if I do that, it takes one, two, three, four steps to get back, as oppose to if I step out, and I cross that I can immediately shuffle home and be ready for the next ball, so as that ball comes, again, I want to return the serve, I want to get the foot behind the ball and cross that through, if it’s further away, I may have to shuffle and keep my hips open to the net a little bit longer before I cross step but I still, I want to keep my hips open to the net as long as possible and don’t show my back to the net. This is your Volley Tennis Tip.