Guruvi Tennis

Half-Court Volley Drill

The drill develops consistency in both your volleys and in your defensive shots against an opponent who is attacking from the net. Imagine extending the middle line from the service line to the baseline so that you are using half of the court, including the doubles alley.

1) Player A (blue) starts at the baseline and player B (red) starts at the service line as shown in the picture below. Player A hits the first ball from the baseline to Player B. Player B has to return the first ball from the service line. Winners or errors don’t count during these first two shots. After the first 2 shots, both players are free to move forward as they would like. Each shot should land in the red shaded areas of the court as shown in the below picture otherwise it is considered out (an error.) The point is over once someone hits a winner or error. First person to 7 points wins (you can also play to 11 points or 5 points if you would like.) Every point should be played on the same side of the court with Player A starting at the baseline and hitting the ball first to Player B.

Drill Diagram

2) Now play the second game to 7 points (or 5 or 11 point if you would like) with roles reversed between Player A and Player B. Same rules as above and each shot should land in the red shaded areas of the court as shown in the below picture otherwise it is considered out (an error.)

Drill Diagram