The Tennis Volley And Its Spot In The Most fantastic Recreational activity On The Planet

By GlynnRoggers on January 22, 2011 In Tennis

The net ambush is the heavy artillery of lawn tennis. It is presumed to smash all defence. As such it must be regarded as a point-winning stroke at all times, no matter whether the stroke is tennis volley or smash.

You may hear much chat of “chop” tennis volleys. A hack stroke is one where the racquet travels from beyond the line of flight of the tennis ball, down and through it, and the angle made behind the raquet is greater than 45 degrees, and many approach 90 degrees. Therefore I say that no volleys should be hackped, for the inclination is to pop the ball up in the air off any hack. Slice volleys if you want to, or hit them flat, for both these strokes are made at a very small angle to the flight-line of the ball, the racquet face moving almost along its plane.

Tennis volleying is a science based on the old geometric axiom that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. I mean that a volleyer must always cover the straight passing stroke since it is the shortest shot with which to pass him, and he must volley straight to his opening and not waste time trying freakish curving tennis volleys that give the base-liner time to recover. It is Johnston’s great straight volley that makes him such a formidable net man. He is always “punching” his volley straight and hard to the opening in his opponent’s court.

Attack with your tennis volleys. Never defend the ball when at the net. The only defensive volley is one at your feet as you come in. It is a mid-court stroke. Tennis volleys should win with placement more than speed, although speed may be used on a high volley.

Closely related to the tennis volley, yet in no way a volley shot, is the overhead smash. It is the Big Bertha of lawn tennis. It is the long range terror that should always score. The rules of footwork, position, and direction that govern the tennis volley may suffice for the overhead. The swing alone is different. The swing should be closely allied to the slice service, the raquet and arm tennis swinging freely from the shoulder, the wrist flexible and the raquet imparting a slight twist to the ball to hold it in court. The overhead is mainly a point winner through speed, since its bounce is so high that a slow placement often allows time for a recovery.

Do not leap in the air unnecessarily to hit overhead tennis balls. Keep at least one foot, and when possible both feet, on the ground in smashing, as it aids in regulating the weight, and gives better balance. Hit flat and decisively to the point if desired.

The chop lob, which is a decided under cut, should rise from twenty to 30 feet, or more, high and must go deep. It is better to high shot out and run your opponent back, thus tiring him, than to high shot short and give him confidence by an easy kill. The value of a high shot is mainly one of upsetting your opponent, and its effects are very apparent if you suddenly bring off one at the important period of a match.

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