I don’t know about you, but I feel like my net game sucks. It’s not that my volleys are awful, as I’m a decent doubles player and can hold my own at the net there. But in singles, I have a lot of problems closing points at the net.
The issue probably isn’t my volleys – it’s the shot I hit to set up the volley.
Jeff and I were working on a shot he calls the “lift and land” a few weeks ago. He pinpointed a couple problems I was having with this shot. 1) I was running in the wrong direction after I hit the shot. 2) I was losing all of my momentum when I hit the shot. I was stopping, hitting the approach shot and then continuing into the net. By the time I got into the net to hit the volley, I was prime passing material.
Have a look at this video where we go thru the Lift and Land. Sorry about the audio problems at the 1:45 mark. I messed up the opening and closing, but you’ll get the point.