Many times when teaching I can adjust the thinking of students
and thereby affect their stroke production. This quick tip on
volleying can improve your volleys without making any major
changes in your stroke.
Would you like to improve your volley without consciously
changing any technical skill? The next time you volley, do not
think in terms of hitting a winner. Instead, think in terms of
consistency and control. Simple, isn't it? It may be, but do
not assume you think correctly when hitting volleys. I have
been teaching a long time and just about every player tries to
go for too much pressure on every volley they hit. I call it
playing in the "hit-winners" mindset. Subconsciously they think
they should win the point NOW every time they touch the volley.
Most players at the net are so filled with anxiety they overplay
everything. The next time you are volleying use a "consistent"
mindset and watch the difference. Think in terms of just getting
the ball back, moving it around, and not necessarily hitting a
winner. Of course, when you have a high short ball you can go for
a winner, but relax, slow it down, and you will be surprised how
much more consistently you will play, even when hitting winners!!!
Winners do not win matches - CONSISTENCY AND CONTROL DO!
What effect does this type of thinking have on the technical
strokes? Simple, when you try to play with a "consistent" mindset
not a "hit-winners" mindset, you stop swinging the racket. This
will automatically begin improving your block volleys. Most
players over-swing at the net. This is an excellent mental
technique to help you learn a block volley and surprise your
friends with the quick improvement. Try it, you'll like it!