Many times a player or team will hit a shot to set up the point and
will receive a high floating volley with hopes of hitting this ball for a winner. However, typically they either hit down on the ball sending it into the net or they get it over the net with the ball landing too short and bouncing too high, giving both opponents more time to get back in the point.
Imagine when you are in "ready position" that your hands are the
center of a clock face with the numbers circling you. The ball described in the scenario would be approximately at 1:00 if it were a
forehand and 11:00 if it were a backhand (for a right-handed player).
Balls taken at these "times" will tend to go "down" too soon and usually land short (like in the scenario).
Try to position your body (the clock) in such a way to avoid hitting
a forehand volley at 1:00 by lining the ball up to be hit at 2:00. On the backhand volley, try to avoid hitting at 11:00 by positioning your body to strike the ball at 10:00. By placing your body
in a little better position, you will reap the benefits by having harder and deeper and higher volleys.
Remember, think 2:00 on forehand
volleys and 11:00 on back hand volleys.