The closer you get to the net, the greater need there is for calm, soft shots… But for most players, approaching the net does the exact opposite! Here’s how to settle down and put away volleys with confidence. PLUS learn how to be a MASTER at the net with this comprehensive training – Click Here! Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching! Short Court| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 30 Comments Deb Wetty March 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply Thank you, very helpful Donald swanson March 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply Ian. Great video. As a coach, I urge my players to contact ball in front of body. Your forehand contact is beside body. Your comments? Noushin Kananian March 25, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply Many thanks for sharing your experience! theresa Byrne March 25, 2017 at 12:38 am - Reply I am afraid at the net since i have been hit by opponent (also close to net) smack in the teeth and once in eye because i didn't connect!!! How do I play close net points??? Predrag March 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply Hi Ian, Are you satisfied with your Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 Classic ? Regards. Predrag Ian Westermann March 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply One of my favorite frames ever! Tony March 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply Ian most of the time I.pu much the return deep or it lands in the net my preparation & racket grip needs to change I'm playing more doubles now and will make myself conscious of this. Thanks Dave C March 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply I never panic when the pro is feeding me volleys. However, live action–when the opponent isn't so accommodating, when the pace of the ball is never consistent, when reading the ball off the strings is crucial–stresses my play to the point of panic/inconsistency/technique breakdowns. I find I am often either way ahead of the ball (if he throws a change-up at me) or way behind when he powers the shot. Paul Snyder March 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply Liked the tip. I find that I tend to swing or punch volleys when my arm is extended and/or my body is extended at the net, such as in an aggressive poach. Would the best mindset be to replace the punch with a firmer grip and open racquet face? Ian Westermann March 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply Here are my thoughts on that, Paul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_ux7AqkWMA Ed conner October 28, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply Truly outstanding Ian. This is just what I was looking for to find my zen state for volleys. Thanks very much for posting. Ray March 21, 2016 at 11:37 pm - Reply Thanks very useful Kathy I March 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply Great video, Ian! One of my mantras is "stay calm." Sometimes it even works. I wouldn't describe myself anxious or panicky at the net, more like excited (hit! Hit! HIT!). My biggest problem is transitioning from long baseline shots, to midcourt shots, to volleys, convincing my brain to do less as I move up to the net. Any hints? I was at Indian Wells and hoping to run into you. Did you see the Nadal/Verdasco/Bryan bros match? Awesome! Noushin March 19, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and knowledge! Ian Westermann April 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply Thank you for watching! Clyde March 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply The idea that you need to do less since there is less time as you get closer to the net plus the ball may also be returned faster, make a lot of sense. That concept will definitely settle down my volley. Great thought process on this point. Thanks, Clyde Joe Meissner March 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply Ian Very good information I will try to use it on court today. Ian Westermann April 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply How did it work out for you? Dan March 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm - Reply Ian I was hitting with my local pro yesterday and he was telling me the exact same thing. As always you are spot on. And I high recommend your Volley Mastery course. It has made a huge difference in my volleys. Ian Westermann March 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply Thank you Dan, we appreciate that very much! Sean March 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply Great demo of this drill Ian, particularly with the split screen. The drill helped this fish develop some hands, 🙂 Ian Westermann March 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply You've come a long ways, Sean. You should be proud! Dan March 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply Yes, this is very helpful, Ian. The split-screen showing side and back views simultaneously is a great idea! It's easy to see how calm your grip is when the ball wins the collision with your strings. Thanks! Ian Westermann March 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply You're very welcome, Dan. I agree, James did a great job with the split screen. B. Ball March 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply In a future video can you do something regarding "foot action" when making volleys. I lack in proper foot and movement to the ball. Thank you. Ian Westermann March 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply I'll add that to our list, great topic. B. Ball March 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply Ian, Thank you for your video on "Staying Calm on your Volleys" it was very helpful. Ian Westermann March 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply Great to hear, thanks for watching, B. Daryl March 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply Hi Ian How hard should you grip the handle at contact on these volleys? Thanks, Daryl Ian Westermann March 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply Totally depends on the specifics of the shot, Daryl. How close are you to the net? How high is contact? How fast is the ball traveling to your strings? What is your target? Some volleys require a completely relaxed hand, others a very firm one.