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Half volley

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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".


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


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.


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


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

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