Tennis Volley Skills – Show Your Back

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tennis professional Doug Kegerreis demonstrates some volley skills.

    Doug Kegerreis

    Doug is the President of CIT. With 25 years of professional tennis teaching and management skills to his credit, Doug is the consummate tennis expert. In addition to his duties with CIT, he is a physical education specialist at Oakton Elementary School, and fitness director of the 4-Star Jr. Tennis Academy in Merrifield. "CIT has at its core a commitment to develop players who will continue to play tennis." Doug said. "With first-timers we emphasize fun. We've learned that when they have fun, they keep coming back and stay in the game." Doug has earned a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of West Virginia. He is a current member of the USPTA and certified through its professional standards. He has had several articles printed in USPTA publications. The Mid-Atlantic Professional Tennis Association awarded Doug the honor of Greater Washington Professional of the Year in 1994, and just recently awarded him High School Coach of the Year in 2005. International Country Club, Fairfax Racquet Club, Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago, and Sea Pines Racquet Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, all have had the pleasure of Doug's tennis expertise.

    Doug Kegerreis: Hi! I am Doug Kegerreis, President of Chantilly International Tennis, and today you are learning how to play tennis.

    The skill we are going to look at in this clip is the volley. The volley is when you take the ball directly out of the air. Some people refer to the volley when you hit the ball back and forth. In tennis we call that a rally. So make sure you get rally and volley separated. The volley is when you hit the ball out of the air.

    A couple of very important skills needed in order to hit the volley. One is that you must eliminate your backswing. It's very difficult to time the hit when you are striking the ball directly out of the air. So a bigger back swing is going to make it more difficult to time.

    It also takes a lot of force when the ball strikes your racket directly out of the air. For those two reasons, we need to set the racket so the tip of the racket is pointing up to the sky.

    That does two things. That discourages a backswing, number one. Number two; it sets your wrist upward which puts your wrist in a much stronger position. So racket up involves tip up and that involves discouraging the back swing, eliminating the back swing and putting your wrist in a strong position.

    Second on the volley is showing me your back. That's been an excellent reference point I use to get people turning sideways whenever you hit the volley. As I've mentioned before, this is a game of getting sideways and body rotation.

    Even though there is not a lot of body rotation on the volley, there is some turning in the volley. So you can see on my forehand volley, I am showing you my back, my left shoulder blade and that gets my shoulders turn.

    On the backhand, it would look like this, I am showing you my front shoulder blade and it gets my shoulders turn. That also eliminates the old windshield wiper. You see people hitting volleys all over the world like this using the same side of the racket face.

    The proper way to hit is turning the shoulders using one side of your racket face, turning your shoulders, using the other side of your racket face.

    So remember on the volley, racket up and show me your back to get sideways.

    Next, we are going to talk about actually hitting the ball and the skill of keeping the racket still and the wrist firm on the volley.