Get Into It! Correct Volley Direction in Padel
It is no secret that when we speak about padel tennis, we are talking about a sport in which technique is very important since it is a true representation of a player’s ability to repeat a kind of stroke properly. But what a lot of people fail to recognize is that volley direction is as important as the other skillsets in padel, here’s why:
Despite the fact that padel tennis is frequently referred to as an “easy to learn” activity, the reality is that at its most advanced levels, it surprises in every manner for its pace and intensity. As a result, although it hashas a fast adaption phase and a high enjoyment component, it is essential to spend many hours of training and effort to leave behind those learned ‘vices’ that we all have to achieve the jump in quality.
Would you believe me if I tell you that the simplest hits is only often squeezed to its full potential by the most skilled players? Shocking right? I’m taking about the most underrated weapon in padel, the volley.
Check out this video to see how the correct volley direction is done:
What is a volley?
To begin with, we might state that the volley is one of the most important attacking strikes in padel tennis. It is the closest technological gesture to the network and comes in a wide range of directions and kinds. His primary goal is to dominate the net, keep his opponents under control, and, most importantly, keep them at the back of the court so he can define the point.
Because is why it is a technical gesture that He requires striking skill, technique, a knowledge of the game, and a high capacity for movement in both the upper and lower trunk. If we have all of these’requirements,’ we may brag of having a deadly and ‘destructive’ volley for any opponent.
Step by step: How the volley is performed.
Although it may seem to be one of the simplest strokes to learn during the introduction and transition stages of padel tennis, it is one of the most difficult strokes to master as the level increases.
To be able to execute the proper steps, we should be near to the network on the court, with the knees semi-bent and the weight of the body carried on the toes. In turn, our shovel will need to be in front of the body, parallel to the shoulders, and in a high position so that we may attack the ball with a brief gesture, the proper set-up, and the required speed.
We may launch volleys that are crossing, parallel, deep, searching for the gate, and so on. Also, execute it using a variety of technical movements (backhand, forehand, cut, flat).
The first stage in mastering the padel volley technique is to understand how the assembly should be and what the proper termination will be.
The waiting posture will be critical, with the feet parallel, the shovel raised, and the weight on the toes. This will enable us to attack the ball with the proper shoulder roll. The shovel serves as the assembly’s foundation since it must be held in a high posture, with the head up and the striking face pointing forward or to the side (depending on the direction of the ball).
It will be required to interpret the opponent’s ball (speed, effect, height, direction, and so on) in order to complete it. As is customary, depth will be desired, and it will be critical to finish with the dominant arm and blade fully extended, pointing towards the back of the court, and projecting the shot with a downward motion that imparts speed and force to the ball.
Are you doing some of the volley mistakes in the video below?
Pay attention to the point of impact
Hitting the ball at the perfect time is associated with succes. Not just in the volley, but in all of the hits witnessed on a padel tennis court. In the instance of the volley, hitting the ball at the precise time and in the sweet spot may be the difference between overpowering the opponent and allowing him to leave the back of the court and counterattack.
To reach the proper point of contact, we will need to take steps that enable us to transfer our body weight forward (towards the dominant hand and foot) so that we may leap on top of the ball and deliver more mass on impact.
The impact should always be in front of our body, with the ball above the height of our hips (near to our shoulders) and the potential of a deep and/or downward movement.
Do not second guess yourself
And we mention this because it is one of the most common mistakes among amateur fans, and it creates a lot of errors when we are near the net. The volley is a technical gesture that must be fluid, quick, accurate, and powerful, thus the doll will only play a prominent role on very certain circumstances, such as a drop or a very short volley, with which the definition is sought towards the metallic framework.