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
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.