Tennis skills and techniques: Volley

by on February 27, 2010
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John McEnroe, Tennis skills and techniques: Volley

Tennis is a game of power, mental toughness and sheer skill where a player needs to learn each and every shot of the game in order to become a champion player. It is mandatory to learn all the shots of a tennis game in order to avoid the weaknesses that can explored by the opponent. Let us today learn about the art of volley, one of the easy winning shots of a game of tennis.

A volley is a shot that is played even before the ball bounces on the court. Generally, the volley is played from the net but there are many instances when the volley is played from the baseline or middle of the court. The general purpose of hitting a volley is to reduce the reaction time of the opposition player and there are less chances of getting a strong reply shot from the opponent. Another purpose is to avoid the bad bounce from the surface. There are several players that are known as serve and volleyers. They first serve the ball and play the return volley on the return of their serve. Tim Henman of Great Britain was one of best serve and volley players. If the shot is played on the rise of the ball (just after the bounce), it is known as a half-volley which is considered to be one of the very toughest shots in the game of tennis. John McEnroe was known to be the best half-volley player. In the present tennis players, Roger Federer excels at playing volley. 

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