Choke Up Touch Volley Drill
Today’s tennis tip is on the volley and how you can solve a big problem you might be having. A lot of players don’t have enough feel when they get up to the net on their volleys.
Even some pros don’t have great touch at the net, and I want you to use a simple tennis volley tip that I love having students use especially when they’re warming up at the net.
You can perform a drill where you choke up and work on your touch. You’re going to find a comfortable position about 2-3 feet from the net and start to volley back and forth with your partner while choking up so that your hand is holding the racquet where the grip meets the throat.
Choking up on the racquet will give you more feel and control and teach you how to to use your hand without your wrist breaking on your volleys.
The next big key is to keep your feet moving the entire time. You want to feel like you’re dancing as you move while hitting volleys AND while waiting for the ball to come back to you
Keep The Racquet Head Close To The Head
Practicing hitting the ball with your partner using a feel based approach and focusing on keeping the racquet head close to your head without the wrist breaking will help your volleys tremendously.
Choking up on the racquet will help you keep the that “head close to the head.” Avoid trying to hit the volley hard or away from your partner. This is a cooperation drill where you aren’t keeping score.
Next time you’re looking for a tennis volley tip, use the “Choke Up Touch Volley” drill to instantly improve your feel and control.