Everyone knows that one player who never misses any volleys no matter how hard you bang the ball at them they get it back every time and if you get into a quick hands battle you can consider yourself toast your best options just to hit to the other player if they're standing at the kitchen watch this full video and you'll be one step closer to.

Becoming that player we also hit a secret giveaway at some point in this video so pay close attention to start i want to go through all the technical aspects of having consistent and effective volleys one of the most overlooked aspects to having better volleys is using our legs and using the right footwork for one whenever we're.

Waiting for the ball at the net you want to be in a nice and low position we should have a wide base bent knees and our hips should be back try and have good posture though you don't want to be hunched over this way you're in the best possible position to react to a shot regardless of where your opponent hits it when it comes to.

Footwork at the net less is more so if the ball comes to you try not to take unnecessary steps if you do need to move usually you want to step with your outside leg occasionally you may need to cross over if you're really stretched on the backhand side but try to stay square to the court if you can another thing to focus on is that your head is still.

Throughout the point if your partner is hitting the ball you definitely want to try and see what kind of shot they're using but don't fully turn your head and look at them if you do this by the time you look forward the ball could be coming directly at your face try to watch what they're doing with minimal head turn this goes when we're on the.

Move too try to move in a stable way to where your head is steady and you aren't getting disoriented by your movement the more your head moves the harder it will be to react to your opponent's shots because remember we want to be able to react to more than one hard volley if we lose our balance on the first hard volley we get then our opponents are.

Going to be able to take advantage of us on the next shot so we have to remain stable as we move around the net so as a reminder when we hit our volleys we generally want to keep a wide base with our hips back this way we can counterbalance our body weight and not fall into the kitchen now that we've gone through what we need.

To be doing with our legs let's talk about what we should be doing with our upper body i think that the number one thing that will help you on your ball is is always going back to a strong ready position between every shot this means have your paddle out in front lean slightly towards your backhand side many people like to use the 11 o'clock.

Analogy while it's lean to the left you still want the tip of your paddle to be centered between your eyes if you cheat too far to your backhand side then it's going to be hard to react to your forehand one thing i see players doing wrong is they start out the point in an awesome ready position but as soon as they get.

Their first ball they drop their paddle and lose their form completely if you want to get multiple tough volleys back in a row then you need to return to that good ready position after every shot looking at the actual strokes themselves the most important part of your volley technique is that you have the right.

Grip the best way to tell you have the right grip is that you can seamlessly hit your forehand and backhand volley without having to change it if you're switching your grip when you're going from your forehand to your backhand volley this is something that you definitely need to change it's just very hard to react quickly if you're also.

Having to flip around your grip so if you don't have that figured out i encourage you to switch the continental grip when you have this grip the paddle face will be perfectly up and down and you hold it in the center of your body in terms of your motion just know that the harder the balls hit you the more compact your swing will need to be on.

Your volleys if it's hit slower you'll need to take a bigger swing so that you can generate your own pace but if your opponent's blasting the ball at you you should use a more compact stiffer motion where you get power from your opponent by blocking it back when you take a big swing it makes it.

Significantly harder to time these shots so you need to stay away from this when your opponents are hitting hard now that your technique's down let's go over the two main situations where i see players struggling with their volley reaction time the first is when your opponents are back using drives and they're blasting the ball you.

The seconds when you get to a quick hands exchange both players are at the kitchen line and you need to react to multiple tough volleys in a row looking at the first situation being able to handle drives is an important aspect of having a better player like i said before if your opponent's hitting a hard shot this is where we want to use a.

Compact stiff swing to where we can block the ball to our opponent's feet and keep them back you want to try your best not to hit these volleys short if you do you're just giving them an easy path to the kitchen you also want to try to keep these volleys low and at their feet so they can't take it off out of the air to make.

This work consistently you really need to focus on having that ready position out in front and remember if you're too loose on these harder volleys there's a good chance that you'll miss hit them or pop the ball up the other main situation i mentioned is when we're in a quick hands exchange i see a lot of players lose these battles because they get off.

Balance and they lose their form step one to getting better at this is to always have a good base and use the proper footwork that i talked about earlier another reason that people lose these rows is because for some reason when they start going at it with somebody they feel like they need to assert their dominance and win by going.

Through them they seemingly forget that there are a few key targets they need to aim for to make it trickier for their opponent in order of effectiveness your three main targets are the middle the right shoulder and the line usually if you're in a quick volley exchange it'll be smarter to aim for one of these than it will be to try to win.

By just reacting quicker so put your ego aside and try to win by being the smarter player in the event that your opponent takes control i see so many players trying to hit hard volleys until it's too late remember you can always reset the point by dropping it into the kitchen so try not to go for hard ballers if you're clearly not in.

Control of the point anymore on the other hand if you do take control of the point you should try to aim for one of the targets that i just brought up if you get a higher slower ball try to go at their feet too alright guys now that we have this strategy down the only way we're going to increase our reaction time is by drilling these situations.

The first drill i want you to do is for handling hard drives all you're going to do here is have one player stay back and work on their drives but the net player does their best to hit the ball clean and deep we need to be very intentional when we do these drills taking all the strategical and technical stuff that we talked about into account.

Remember we want to use compact stiffer volleys but we're responding to fast balls really try to connect with the ball here in the center of the paddle when your opponent's hitting hard you need to focus on hitting the ball in the sweet spot so that you don't miss it all right now i want to go through a three-drill.

Progression where both players are at the net in the first we're just going to be going back and forth when we're doing this you want to go to a pace where you can still have decent length rallies about 10 shots minimum also try to make sure that you're hitting both forehands and backhands you don't want to favor one side once you.

Get warmed up you can try to increase the tempo a little in our next drill we're going to take a step in and do the exact same thing but here we're a little bit closer to each other so we really are testing our reaction time try to position yourself six inches in front of the kitchen line and use the same mindset here start off a little bit.

Slower than increase the tempo in the last drill i want you to go back behind the kitchen line and start off by hitting four volleys back and forth after the fourth volley you play out the point half court and you try to win the volley exchange try to use all the techniques and strategies we talked about earlier so that you can win here.

You can even keep score here which is a motivating way to try even harder this drill is probably the best way to get better at winning quick hands battles and make sure to send this to your partner so you can do all these drills together if you don't have anyone to drill with that's as fast as you the wall is an incredible way to work on.

Your quick hands and reflexes think if you hit volleys against the wall a few minutes per day you're gonna hit thousands of more shots per week these are the kind of reps you need if you actually want to increase your reaction time the wall never misses and it keeps up with your speed no matter how fast you go it's an unbelievably.

Efficient way to train in terms of increasing your hand speed this is one of the best ways to do it always make sure to be using some sort of references when you do wall drills because remember it's not just about having quick reactions you also need to be able to place the ball well in these situations if you want to be effective.

Against another player the dink pad provides the perfect references for these sorts of quick hands drills on a wall as you can see there's a reference line so that you can consistently keep your shots low and there are targets to aim for so you can move the ball around to the key weak points that i talked about earlier if you want to check out.

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