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When you are at the net in a volley position, always assume the next shot that you are going to receive will be a backhand volley. Instead of holding your racket in a typical 50-50% method, (the tip of your racket pointing directly at the net), try holding a 70-30% approach. The 70% favoring the backhand side of the racket. Why?

  • The backhand side of your racket will better protext you when the ball comes at you.

  • When you are in trouble (again when the ball comes at you), the backhand volley requires almost "no" footwork.

  • Typically, the backhand volley is everyone's weakest side. Therefore, you will be more confident expecting it to be a backhand volley.

  • By assuming a backhand volley, it will force you to shorten your forehand volley. Too large a back swing is the overwhelming mistake players make on their forehand volley.

  • When you receive an overhead, it will not be a problem that you are assuming a backhand volley.

    Once you try this approach to your volleys, you will notice an immediate improvement in your confidence. Just remember after hitting a forehand volley, a backhand volley or an overhead, always assume the next shot will be a backhand volley.

    Good luck! See you next month.

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    John Mills currently teaches tennis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus. John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


     

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