Developing World Class Volleys
The Backhand Volley
By Pat Cash
Last month we took a look at the fundamentals on the forehand volley - as well as some common misconceptions that hold players back. (Click Here.) Now let's do the same on the backhand volley and see how you can develop world class technique for yourself.
As with the forehand, I strongly believe that on the backhand volley you have to really hit through the ball. If you go back to the days of the great Australians who played with wood rackets, you'll see this is how they volleyed. I count myself lucky that these are the players that I grew up watching and learned from.
They had to have great technique, because without it, the ball simply didn't go anywhere. Compared to most modern volleyers, the great volleyers of the past would swing much more through the line of the shot. So you'd see players like Rod Laver take a very aggressive forward swing when possible.
Today, however, with the modern rackets, players can get away with a lot and still put the ball somewhere in the court. They can make off center contact without getting properly positioned for the shot. So in the modern game, ironically, it may be easier to volley, but the volley is far less effective.