The Volley: it’s the most botched technique in all of tennis by amateur players. When executed correctly, however, it’s a thing of beauty… Hit the most ACCURATE groundstrokes of your life with this coaching series – Click Here! For Fun, Short Court| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 59 Comments Miroslav July 16, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply Bond, James Bond 😉 Rob January 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply A great vid – love the music Barbara Piuma July 29, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply Excellent video, Ian!!! I'm curious about your black raquet… 🙂 James June 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply Ps : Anyone that follows you knows you are … One Cool Customer … Tack stitch in or out ! And thanks for the Doubles e Book ! James June 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply Memorable & Poignant vid Ian … Illustration almost always makes the point sink in ! Side Bar ; The "tack stitch" in your center vent needs to come out … They're only in place to prevent creasing while hanging at the retailer 😉 (37 seconds in) Ian Westermann June 23, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply Haha, good to know. Stewart Guernsey June 22, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply Great sound track! DARIO MIRANDA June 22, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply You look well in your suit. I could not even recognize you…. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha….. Nice video, very inspiring. I'm going to wear my suit and step on the court to practice my volley… The problem is that we are at 90 °F here in my home town… Wlll sweat a lot… And my nice and new shoes wlll get ruined with clay dust…. Congrat for a great video, probably the best ever…. Willie Williams June 22, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply Great Video! Love it Charlie H June 22, 2016 at 5:46 am - Reply What a good simple idea. Mick June 22, 2016 at 5:11 am - Reply Great video Ian, thanks… you rock a suit well. I'm also digging the soundtrack. Perhaps all future tennis vids should use costumes, to help people embed the lesson in their subconscious. Seriously, though… I'm in the process of discovering that I have much more time on volleys than I thought I did, and if I just watch the ball into the strings and keep the racquet out in front, the shots tend to be pretty good. So, staying cool is right. Ian Westermann June 22, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply I think you're completely right RE costumes, Mick. Makes the point so much more memorable. Thanks for the feedback. CS Ormon June 22, 2016 at 3:20 am - Reply Great video will stick in my memory. Carol Peter Nielsen June 21, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply Absolutely love the video Ian, a very insightful and clever way to get your message across about being cool and calm when executing volleys. Nice touch with the music by Miles, will think of this next time I step onto the court. Ron B June 21, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply But I don't own a suit. Ian Westermann June 22, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply Time for a trip to Goodwill! Lee June 21, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply You're going to rip off your jacket sleeves serving like that! Anyway, what racket is that? Birgitte Bradshaw June 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply Love it!!!!! Now lately when my mixed partner and I have been playing and I'm getting to over swinging on my volleys, I'll say to him, "I know, I need to put on my suit and tie…" It helps calm me down. Thanks Ian. FYI, you look great in the video. Ian Westermann June 22, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply Appreciate that, Birgitte! Kathy I June 21, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply Very creative, Ian! Ron M. June 21, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply Now Ian you need to follow up with a video showing the opposite, how the volley is done wrong! Maybe in a clown outfit? Ian Westermann June 22, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply Nice, I like that idea. cory June 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply Shaken not stirred,…. You have transformed into a totally cool dude.. wow Loved the video A new image for my volleys Carey D June 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply Well done. I'm off to get my suit pressed and then hit the court with a smooth volley. richard bock June 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply that was the coolest tennis video ever….and to have the most famous jazz album of all time,Kind Of Blue, as the background just kicked it up another notch. If you can hit a volley like Miles played a high C we'd all be doing great. A pretty lofty goal. Myself as tennis player and professional musician loved this. Ian, you rock……. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm - Reply Glad it struck a chord with you, Richard! (get it?) Robert June 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply Wow that was inspirational! Just keep calm and volley on. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm - Reply Exactly, Robert! Erin S. June 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply This is amazing (and super fun), Ian. You really make your point! Maria Hsmilton June 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply Loved it! You look sooo cool! I'll try it. Thanks Ian👍👍👍 Grace June 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply Now, that was cool! 💛🎾 Julie Roche June 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply That was cool! mitchell June 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply smooth; but I can't stop getting bothered by watching you step out of your forehand volley instead of stepping into it… Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply Great topic for a video tutorial. "Stepping in" is not always practical, or even the right thing to do. As with many things in tennis instruction its a cliche phrase that often doesn't take into account specific situations. Karen McKee June 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply Out of all the video teachers that I've watched and listened to you have more verbal clarity in diction and instruction and the photography enhances your teaching focus!! I give you 5 stars out of five! GOOD TEACHING .! Noushin June 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply Awesome! Ron June 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply I must say you clean up well!! I didn't know anyone in your generation knew of Miles Davis. Excellent choice in music . Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply I'm glad we got it on video, I only wear a tie about once per year, haha. Dr Edward Blomgren June 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply Elegant! Love the originality here. Point made without a doubt. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply Good to hear, thanks for watching. Bowtielawyer June 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply Perfect! Well done, Sir. Erny Sanchez June 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply Hola Ian….cool tutorial…classy and well performed. I love volleys and I'm good at it. Next time I'll be wearing my black tie to the court and be inspired by your video. I just watched you with my friend Ramon Osa in the serve tutorial…spot on. Saludos from Suisse, neighbor of Roger, hahahaha Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply Cheers, Erny! Pedro Fuentes June 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply I consider my self a very good tennis teaching professional, and I must say : Ian, you are a genious! This simple way to explain the spirit of this frequently misunderstood shot, is simply brilliant. My most sincere compliments, Warm Regards from Chile Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply Thank you for the kind words, Pedro. Appreciate it very much! Jim Davis June 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply LOVED IT! Must have been a blast, a little departure from the norm. Makes good sense, too. You want to keep everything short and tight, compact, solid "pushes" at the ball. It's great when you can make something funny and memorable, but accurate and important at the same time. It stays with you, as will this next time I'm taking that split-step and getting ready to put away Match Point at the net. Thank you for this, job very well done!! Michael Baldwin June 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply Love it! Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply Good to hear, Michael. Thanks for watching. Jim June 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply Well done and memorable! Linda June 21, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply Special Agent of Tennis, Ian. Cool!! cohen fan June 21, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply very well done, and the music quite appropos. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply Appreciate it, Cohen Fan. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply Tough to beat Miles Davis! Judy McWilliam June 21, 2016 at 11:44 am - Reply Loved the video- A little competition for Roger who always wears a suit.Very creative and fun. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply Any time I get compared to Roger its a good day, haha. Karen Constant June 21, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply Pretty Snazy! Makes sense! jeffrey freedman June 21, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply so cool John Kilbane June 21, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply Looking good Ian! Cool, baby, cool. Ian Westermann June 21, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply It's my only suit, haha.