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Half volley

A half volley in tennis is a shot that is hit immediately after the ball bounces but before it reaches the apex of its bounce. It is sometimes called an "on the rise shot", or "short hop".

Contents

  • Technique 1
  • Strategy 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

Technique

The player who is hitting the half volley should not take a full backswing, but should still follow through. The grip for this shot is a standard continental. Also, staying down when hitting the shot is very important, or else it will go long. This is the basic form for the volley, hence the name: half volley. The two parts of the tennis court where this shot is generally used are on the baseline and the service line.

Strategy

A half volley is a difficult shot to make. Often a player hits a half volley only when forced by the opponent or caught out of position.

The half-volley came to prominence in the hands of Ernest Lewis in the early 1900s.[1] Arguably the greatest half-volleyer in history is John McEnroe; other professionals such as Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras had excellent half volleys that were used as weapons.

In his 1979 autobiography

External links

  • Video: Half volley

References

  1. ^ The Times, Borora's Record, 23 Oct. 1935


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