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Volley in football

In ball games, volley refers to the playing of a ball before it hits the ground. In volleyball this is part of the game objective, in soccer , tennis or squash it is a playing technique.

Volley in tennis

In tennis , there are three different types of volleys: the forehand, backhand and overhead volley. In addition to the term volley, the term flying ball is also often used in tennis.

Striking technique

In volleyball, in contrast to the baseline strokes (except for slice), the club is guided from top to bottom. The attempt is either to play the ball at an extreme angle or to play it very briefly (volley-stop, drop volley). With balls arriving high up, the ball is often thrown overhead, which usually results in a direct gain of points. In the past, the so-called continental grip was taught as a universal grip for volleyball games, which usually resulted in a weakness in forehand volleys. In modern tennis, as with baseline strokes, a distinction is made between fore and backhand flight ball. The continental grip is still used in the backhand and overhead, but the forehand is struck with the semi-continental grip.

Tactical use

If a player moves forward to the network, he wants to put the opponent under pressure. Due to short ball flight times, a direct point is often reached with the next stroke of the person standing at the net. However, if the opponent recognizes the attacker's intention, the defensive player can score with a passing ball or praise .


  • Ivan Lichner et al .: Malá encyklopedie tenisu. Olympia, Prague 1985.
  • Richard Schönborn: Tennis technique training, modern tennis theory . Meyer & Meyer, Aachen 2011, ISBN 978-3-89899-699-0 .

Individual evidence

  1. Explanation of the types of grip in tennis