I recommend to exaggerate the correction. Tell you partner: I am going to be super aggressive for the next few games and just poach no matter what. Inconsistent return of opponents serves. Inability to put balls away inside the court and how to effectively set up my partner with my shots. I play 3. I find that I often move too soon and am easily passed behind me. At 79, I sometimes joke that I have to leave early to arrive for the poach on time.
I have lost confidence in my forecourt volleying. This tends to happen more during the service return. I get lobbed to death. Due to neck injury I have limited ability to hit overheads. As such I stay closer to service line instead of close to net. Having the confidence to play at the net and then volleying at an angle rather than straight back to my opponents. I haveven a problem recognizing when I should post. Footwork is a problem in singles and more so in doubles. I have a pretty good doubles game at the net now.
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I am always moving my feet. What I need to work on , however, is coming from the baseline, after serving the ball, remembering to do the split step, hitting a medium volley from the service line and then moving to the net for the put-away volley. I sometimes run through the ball, instead of stopping and doing a split step before hitting the ball.
Nice indeed your teaching. I see the back volley shown in the playing of first volley,player waiting the ball with right foot foward and perhaps weighted,and when volleying his left foot carried to behind right foot immedately at impact. Is this footwork reasonable? I sometimes experienced in back volley when I happend to have to be waiting with stepping foot weighted incorrectly. So your showing example showed me a good hint in the avobe situation.
Thank you again. Passing shots, normally at NTRP 4. I relie too much on my partner to get the ball if I feel he or she has a better shot or angle then me! I need to be more aggressive! This video will help me! Not sure what to watch on the receiving player as to which direction they might be hitting the ball. I lack confidence in my volley skills. They lack pace, but I think that will change now that I know I should step into the ball with a short back swing.
I had not developed the shots needed for the doubles play. So far, I tried to play doubles with singles technique and shots. I am now working on the net play, volleys and overhead needed for the good doubles play. Your video is very helpful and confirms that I am on the right path to becoming a good doubles player. Thanks for the great video. I have trouble when the ball is hit at me and is pretty fast and will be close to my body.
Missing volleys by not finishing high enough when I jump in for slower balls. On the other hand I get relatively fast balls on my body nice partners.. I know in advance that a body-ball is coming, I just somehow are late to step sideways being able to properly hit those balls.
I just do not find the right movement in order to get prepared enough to hit the ball at the net. I have relatively long arms, so my opponents strategy is usually to hit the ball around my body which is tougher to cover properly. I also think that sometimes position myself closer to the 2nd half of the service court may help, but then I am not reaching out for crossballs.
Often when I do, the return is lobbed back over the net man, forcing me to turn around and go back for the ball. I feel like I have the short backswing and that I drive with my feet. I feel fairly adept at volleying. I have difficulty timing my poaches. I need to wait longer for the returner to commit to the shot, but then really accelerate to the center of the court. Easier said than done.
I end up getting passed down the line too often. Having a confident partner, that is willing to hit assertive shots, with some pace. I think you covered my biggest weakness- swinging at the ball, all with arm movement, little feet involvement. This has resulted in missed and weak shots. I think that my main problem is the quality of my volleys. I find it hard to judge when my attempted volley is likely to have a better outcome for my team than leaving the ball for my partner to return, particularly when I have to move laterally in order to make the volley thus leaving a gap for the opponents to exploit.
In doubles at the net, I always find it difficult to intercept the ball going cross court. If I go earlier the opponents sees me coming across and sends the ball down the line. Sometimes my opponents are very aggressive players but not very accurate so they attack the ball like they play Wimbledon. They miss by either sending the ball way out, or right at my face. I try to be more active at the net — I am tall and could actually cover the net well — but then I catch myself inching backwards….
Your videos are great! Volleys hit that I had to take two steps to get to, that go crosscourt where I came from. Behind me. I try to go to net player in direction I m moving or alley. I have firm wrist , staying high when this happens. Thank you, great videos. I have a hard time focusing on the ball. Fear of falling when stepping backwards to take a deep overhead.
I know the theory of turning sideways and sidestepping backwards, but find it hard to put it into practice. I am more confident at the baseline. How can I be more confident at the net? Thanks Lorna. My mental toughness is very weak. I hit great during practice, but tense up during a match. How can I gain mental toughness? I need more power and confidence in hitting and positioning my volleys. I almost never put away a volley, even though I am trying to do so.
I play competitive racquetball, but am now transitioning to tennis in retirement. Knowing percentages for positioning myself on the court would be helpful.
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When and to what degree should i poach? Bottom lnie, where should I be when:my partner serves: 1. How can I un train myself? Lack of confidence. Afraid of missing. I play with many partners who tend to stay back and exchange baseline shots. In this scenario I have trouble moving soon enough to intercept at the net while not leaving my alley too vulnerable.
My definition of a perfect match is not to hit any winners, but to give my opponents the chance to miss. Winning using guile and creativity is more important than simply winning. Hi Florian—I really like all of your videos and I have purchased many of them. I am hoping I get better.
I tore my rotator trying to throw a ball 7 years ago, then again last summer which resulted in retraction. I try to serve like Serena and hit groundies like Kerber ha! I do tend to dump high backhand volleys in the net??? Your suggestion here……. I find myself hitting a lot of out of position shots which results in a weak or net dumping volley. I practice so well by myself or with the machine. When I play doubles , I mess up left and right with a lot of mistakes and not following through with my shots or serves.
For me I think confidence is my main thing, I have noticed that I have been getting more confident with the more advanced players…. I am right handed and have good hand eye coordination and pretty good volley skills but when my partner is serving into the add court I have a hard time with backhand high volleys. I would like some instructions on how to hit those shots with more direction and power. Thanks and I really get a lot of help from your videos. Leaving too early to poach, exposing the alley to passing shots, and forcing my right handed partner to cover a lob with his backhand while on the run.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Ken.
I do not have the confidence. I believe my expectations are too high for an old beginner and I do not have the opportunity to play with the same doubles partner often enough to get in a grove. You have already identified 3 of my biggest problems. The other issue I have is the fear of being aggressive at the net but volleying balls that are easily lobbed over my head for a winner.
What cues from your opponent will indicate their hitting direction- such as closeness to ball or stance to poach effectively? It is great video. I wish I had chance to use it earlier at my younger age. I am little late in quickness at net and after missing few vollies, I just loose confidence. I am most of the time standing still and not moving quick.
I am also little scared of injury like hitting ball to my face. I am a middle-aged female player, mainly playing singles. My problem is not to be able to volley a few times in a row to finish the points. I tend to stand facing the ball and sometimes get hit hard by men. I get scared. I got bruised a few times. How do you stand so that you can volley a few times but do not get hit? Hope it makes sense. Where should we stand for offense? How about defense? Are we all supposed to attack the net me and my partner? When should we go back to the baseline when we are at the net?
Thank you very much! I only coach and no longer hit. Fear of missing. When the return is coming cross court i am unable to reach the ball. Thnks great tip, finishing high! What is best position when partnering with a level 3 lady with a weak serve? First of all, thanks for the videos.
They are great! For me, the main reason is lack of confidence. When I start to miss opportunities on the net, I naturally go back instead of insisting. I am probably too aggressive with the volley. But these pointers from you, especially finishing high, will help me hit more winning volleys instead of dumping into the net.
Thank you very much for the instruction. Stand further back from net and move forward when hit by my partner? Very hard to protect alley if moving toward middle. Move toward middle only if partner serves down middle. I am 64 and play mostly senior tennis. If I have a quick partner with a decent serve, I am very active at poaching as I am quick for my age. As most of my partners have average but much slower serves and do not move very well, I find my self not poaching as much which is a better part of my game. If we lose the point I am always thinking if I would have poached we could have won that point.
Also if I have a partner with a good serve and who volleys well, I have a tendency to not poach as much and I get in a less aggressive mind thought. How can I better handle these situations? I do return the ball but maybe to high or with no power so my opponent totally kills us Thank you.
I always play in clay courts. As you know, they are mostly slow and is very difficult to put away volleys and overheads. Those are some things that makes very difficult to play aggresive doubles. I have practised volley shots, and I have learn some key points about it as you show in your video. I have change my volley to do it with short swing. It works when I practise, but in real situation when I am coming and moving from the back line to the net I always miss my Volley.
Maybe I should stop before the hitting ball, but I always run and I am in moving and something uncontrol happen. It is much easier to do it when I allready stand in front of net, but not easy when I am moving. How should I practice this? Thanks very much. I think what holds me back the most is that I tend to hesitate too much and let the ball through while playing the net when playing doubles even though I know I could probably have poached the ball. Confidence is a big point for me and the famous split step which I never seem to synchronize well Thank you for the videos, realy instructing and inspiring because the examples go well with the lessons.
Which kind of serve you suggesti for rush the NET after che first serve and what about che secondo serve?? Where should I stand as a net player when my partner is serving? My reflexes are slower now that I am older and I was a rated singles player but feel my doubles net needs work. Really liked your volley description of short back swing and shadow play. Where should I stand when my partner is receiving the ball for first serve then second serve. I have a partner who goes to the net immediately after I receive a second serve which I feel leaves me vulnerable with an open middle.
What is your suggestion. Thank you I realise now what I have been doing wrong with regard to hitting the ball into the net I have to keep the ball higher. Much appreciated Pat Manley. I usually let the high service return pass me at the net assuming the back player will have a better ground stroke than my high volley.
Florian, I have a habit of looking away to the target?? Is there a drill that will help me focus on the strike and maybe more important, how to mentally slow the game or point down? Positioning and anticipating where incoming shot is going balls coming in too fast to adjust. Also, knowing when to poach and the timing of the poach. Hi, Many times I miss very easy volleys. Thanks for your help, Gerardo. I have two issues with aggressive doubles tennis. One that you mentioned already, and that was hitting into the net.
The other is positioning. Sometimes I just stay at the net with my partner on the baseline. This is because our opponents often lob over us. So, do I stay back or do we want to try and control the net. Usually the lob occurs after the serve and not during. Hi I have a problem in identifying where I should position my self at the net and how far away from the net I should be.
How do I still win with a partner who plays like this? Where to position myself on the court is one of my problems. The next problem is not anticipatng. I realize too late that I could hit a ball which comes not directly to me. I move too little at the net. I have a tendency of dumping my overheads into the net, or hitting them out. I cannot seem to control the overheads and keep them inbounds. Always late in positioning at the net. For me, I want to learn poaching skills. But I have difficulty getting the timing right. I either move too early and the opponent would see my movement ending up hitting down the line; or I move too late having trouble hitting an aggressive volley.
I found your techniques very helpful, so I have some work to do here. But what often holds me back is playing with older women who often lob over my head or my partners. I am short and can run well, so I end up getting all deep balls. I also play with many different partners, and am respectful of their desire to take balls at net that I could also get.
So, sometimes I go for one late, waiting to see if my partner will or not. This is not conducive to being aggressive. When someone hits a fast return and I am at the net, I tend to panic and tighten up. Or turn my shoulder to far to hit down the side line so then it goes out.
In doubles I am usually the one to be aggressive. I am very quick at the net and enjoy the fast exchanges. Hi Florian! I am doing much better with my serve and working to better. How to deal with unknown partner who wants to stay back and play singles. I have a problem with my drop shot volleys. I keep hitting them too deep with not enough spin, meaning I leave me and my partner vulnerable, especially when we are at the net.
Thanks for the video It was very good I am still learning albeit at a slower pace than most as I am 63 Problem is I should have had more training and watched your videos way sooner It is helpful, I do take some lessons and practice with my husband ,but when it comes to play I tend to forget to execute. Yes it is hard to keep up to muscle memory. I have always preferred singles as I am not good at the net and have always felt more comfortable at the back of the court hitting hard balls and controlling direction.
I am working on my doubles game but until I am comfortable at the net and understand a strategy on how to play double, I hopefully will become much better and enjoy the game. For me its all in the volley, and once I have this then understanding strategy will be good…. Why I do not go to the net? Is there any tips for preventing this bad habit? I am not being held back now. I am now aggresively stepping into my volley and hitting clear winners. Thanks for the important reminder. I watched your video and went out and got destroyed the next day. But this was not your fault.
I believe I was trying to slice too much when I finished high. More like you might do a drop shot or a slice drive,if you know what I mean. I even completely sliced past the ball without touching it on the forehand side. I believe that if I keep the racquet face almost completely open as you do and extend past while still finishing high, this problem will go away. We will see…. Of course, before you can do that properly, you need to make sure to have the right mechanics in place for the volley. I hope that the three main points Florian pointed out in this video will help you improve the volley itself.
The Doubles Blueprint offers several drills and many more net game fixes on how to be aggressive doubles at the net. Best regards. Hi Brad, Nadim here. The arm does need to have some range of motion to it as you want to hit high to high as Florian shows in this video. Hi playing high volly at the backhand is always difficult to handle. Hi Karim, what main issue are you facing with that high backhand volley? Do you miss them long or in the net? Generally, if you miss them in the net, you are likely swinging down too much on the ball and if you hit them long you may have too large of a take-back on your preparation.
A loose wrist could also be a contributor for either depending on the contact point. Once you determined where most of your shots land and what the leading cause is, you can work on the fixes step by step. Timing of the poach. I have trouble picking the best moment to poach usually going too soon and they hit down the line for a winner. Having confidence I can reach a poach more than 1 or 2 steps away I usually just let it go. Main exception is when it is high and SLOW.
Therefore, communication with your partner is key before the point starts. This means you will commit fully to your poach, whether you make it to the shot or not. This is your best chance to a build confidence on your poached, b throw off your opponents and keep them guessing on the return, and c win the highest percentage of points possible.
I hope this helps. Best Regards. Good technical advice. I enjoy your postings, however, better videography would greatly improve your lessons. Closer, multiple angles, etc. The biggest problem is knowing when to poach. I know if my partner hits an aggressive shot where my opponent needs to back up it may float. I know that if my opponent is hitting in the duece court and runs around a forehand on a deep shot, it is a good time to poach.
I know that poaching should occur intermittently. I am afraid of getting hit since I have gotten hit in the eye. All great advice. Love the idea of volleying with feet. I need to focus more on moving my feet and split steps. Just takes more practice. Love net play, but, a weak serve causes me to hesitate to go to net.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks aand best regards, Wil D. Hello Wil, I hope that you get to play pain and injury free again. Florian also has a serve blueprint which discusses in detail all aspects on how to improve your serve to get the most power and consistency. Is it too large of a backswing on your volley and catching the ball late, a loose wrist, a wrong grip, swinging down on the ball, or your partner never poaching on your serve?
A combination of these? As with everything in tennis, the only real way to make permanent improvements is by receiving proper instruction on what you need to fix and repetition of these fixes for quite some time, until they become somewhat normal to you. I am very fun of being close to the net and I can say that you helped me a lot with your tips-instruction. If anytime something holds me back is the a little bit more bigger backswing that I could make.
Also, I sometimes fail to see the ball upon contact with my racquet in my volley. Hi Helen. Thanks for your comment. Hi Dave, the best way to combat the lob is by practicing your overheads to where you do not have any more fear of having to hit them. If you avoid practicing them and keep coming to the net, you will continue to fear them. It is true that many players use the lob as a return or when they get caught at the baseline with their opponents at the net. Ideally, that is a situation you would want, however, your overhead needs to be a shot you like, not fear.
Hello Yuki, your situation is a very common one. Here, I suggest you communicate with your partner before the service game and even before the match. Communication with your partner is key because if you attempt to poach without it i. Even if you do get passed down the line here or there, the odds of poaching are still in your favor to win most points that way.
Hi Florian: Thank you for your 1st lesson on aggressive doubles. This video was well done, professional, and quite helpful. Your explanation, and demonstrations, and slow motion videos drive home your lesson tips. I learned more in this video on good doubles play than most other videos available on the web. I appreciate your teaching videos and knowledge of the game. Thank you so much. I do not always split step as I come into net, I tend to run right through the volley, yeilding mixed results. I have problem positioning myself so that I can go for the ball my timing is wrong. I can not judge when I should hit the ball.
When your side returns, much depends on the effectiveness of the return and from which your position your opponent needs to play the next ball before you make your move. Lack of confidence at the net. I believe I follow your step and hit technique when time permits, but like you say things happen fast in doubles. Hi Jerry, try incorporating your split step a bit more to get the momentum to move forward when you hit your volley.
Therefore, the final step you take when you hit should be powerful. That coupled with a very short arm movement should definitely aid you in overcoming your lack of pace. With time you will see that it does work.
The combination of confidence and proper execution will take you where you want to be with your volley game. Your comment sounds a lot lot like your arms are doing most of the work. Biggest problem in poaching is afraid of missing and lacking the confidence to go after the ball. When I let the ball go that I should have taken and my partner misses, then I feel even worse for not even trying for it. Hi Mel, your comment tells me that you have nothing to lose when you poach.
Since the worst that can happen is that you miss and not your partner. As long as you are positioned well and time your poach — which will be addressed in the next video — you may still miss here and there but will gain in confidence and make more and more shots, improving your success at the net in due time and with enough repetition. Thanks Florian — excellent volleying tutorial. One of my difficulties is choosing the right moment to intercept at the net. Hi Matt, positioning will be discussed in the next video.
Confidence ultimately will come by learning how to position yourself properly and repeating your poaching moves and overall volleys when you are in the right position to do so. Common mistakes as you outlined are dumping the ball in the net too often, and then losing confidence and sitting back. Court positioning, and when to come in from a back court shot. Ball watching, hitting a great shot and then watching the outcome instead of moving on it and finding the best position to receive the return.
Overheads, timing and moving your feet to get the best position to smash the ball. Joe, it sounds like you could really benefit greatly from the upcoming video and the video course itself. I know that I should stop and set momentarily before actually executing my net volley. Any timing cue that you could suggest. An avid follower and purchaser of your excellent material , David A. Hello David. This is Nadim here. And although it shows baseline action, the concept is the same. Your momentum still needs to go forward as you come to the next but the split-step allows you time your shots much better for one and react to either volley much better.
Hope this helps. Poor overheads. I miss a lot of smashes by either framing them or more often than not dumping them in the net. Also, if you play a lot of doubles and still struggle with your overhead, see if you could take some time to purposely train your overheads like you would your groundstrokes or serve. Repetition is the only true method to getting better in tennis, as long as you have proper instruction and technique. Hi Imad, the best grip for volleys and overheads is a true continental grip.
Although hitting an overhead and forehand volley with an eastern grip is possible, it is very limiting and backhand volleys are nearly impossible to hit with that grip. Plus, changing grips at the net is unfavorable, since you have no time to do so in most cases; therefore a continental grip is the best option for all three shots at the net. My concern is when practicing doubles with my team mates, trying to play aggressive tennis poaching around the net then accidently hitting my opponents friends..
They then take offence and seek revenge in a big way.. Even deliberately attacking the ball at me when a fault was called, lucky i ducked So i guess for me is directing the ball into space on the court, rather than attacking a sitting ball.. If your opponents like to play from the one-up, one-back formation, and one member of the team is clearly uncomfortable at the net, hitting a short, low, crosscourt slice and coming in will force this player to scramble forward and hit up.
This will give you or your partner a high volley to put away, or even an overhead. You're using an older, unsupported browser or device. We recommend updating to the most recent version of your browser or device. Discussion Boards Join the conversation with other members of the community. In-depth Resources Learn with comprehensive resources to help you improve your game. Join Now. Hey Narendra! Thanks so much for your question. Hopefully this helps : Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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