Tennis Doubles Angles

“Inside-out volley” and the “Outside-in volley.” Two great ways to finish the “sitter” at the net when you have your opponent’s in a one up, one back situation.

Do you ever say to yourself, whoops I should not have hit that right back to the opponent when facing the opposing baseline returner? If you are standing at the net facing the deuce box and your partner has served a ball in which the opposing receiver hits a sitting duck to your forehand volley, angle the shot off to your right, over the lowest part of the net, passing by the receiver’s partner in the add box. If you hit your target the point is over, and you are headed in the same direction as your shot, so you can finish with another volley if needed. I call this “turning the ball inside out.” As a doubles player you have to have this shot to effectively finish off your opponent. There is always a ton of ways to win a point with a shot. This one has the most favorable percentage. If the opponent hits the return to your backhand volley (forehand volley for a lefty), and it is a “sitting duck” then your should volley the return between the receiver’s partner at the service line and the receiver, “down the middle.” This is effectively an “outside in” volley. The same process is executed when you are facing an add court returner. In summary remember this–“inside volleys turn out and outside volleys turn in.”

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