Volleys

A volley is played when the ball is struck before it bounces. Specific shots include the high volley, low volley, backhand volley, approach volley and drop volley. A half volley is usually played defensively.

This volley is used on both the forehand and backhand side, and involves players punching through the ball. This means a short back swing, and little follow through. If a player does swing through on this type of volley it is very difficult to control and will more often than not go out of the court.

This volley can be used on the forehand or backhand side. This type of shot often occurs for a serve and volley player. This means a player who likes to serve and follow the serve into the net. If the player doesn't get into the net fast enough they will be forced to play and approach volley, usually somewhere around the service line.

This volley can be used on the forehand or backhand side. This type of shot often occurs for a serve and volley player. This means a player who likes to serve and follow the serve into the net. If the player doesn't get into the net fast enough they will be forced to play and approach volley, usually somewhere around the service line.

This shot is a pick up shot used when a ball bounces at your feet.

This is considered as one of the most difficult shots in tennis, therefore players never choose to hit this shot, but sometimes it is forced upon them. It is also a defensive shot. If an opponent sees a player advancing to the net they will often try and aim the ball at the players feet to make it difficult for them. This is because all players know that the half volley is hard to judge because it is not a full ground stroke, or a normal volley, it falls between the two

This shot can be used on forehand, backhand and two-handed volleys. This is one of the most difficult shots to play as it involves getting down low, and moving forward whilst holding the body steady.

This shot can be used on the forehand, backhand, and two-handed volleys. It is most effective when the opponent is positioned at the back of court because of the distance they have to travel to return it.

The drop volley can be used on the forehand, backhand, and two-handed volleys. It is most effective when the opponent is positioned at the back of court because of the distance they have to travel to return it.

This shot can be used on either the forehand or the backhand, and is the most aggressive of the volleys. It involves a player stepping in to intercept an opponents deep ground shot, in the air before it bounces.

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