You’re being aggressive coming to net, your opponents return is weak and floating, by all means now is the time to take a big swing volley, a swinging volley. Yes, there is definitely a time to take a big swing with the volley. Yet, on the other hand, there definitely is a time to take a very short swing volley. When your opponent hits a very hard ball it’s time to go into ‘less is more’ mode. First of all, the ball is coming quickly, you do not have the same amount of time as with a floater. Secondly, because of the speed of your opponents shot by taking a short swing (short backswing and forward swing) your racket can stay in position ready to meet the ball. If you take a big swing volley (big backswing and forward swing) on a hard hit ball it’s very difficult because your racket can go out of position on the backswing and now must be brought back into position on the forward swing. This is very difficult even for touring pros. If they’re dealing with a hard hit ball they will inevitably go with a very short swing volley. If you’re a doubles player this short swing volley is a must have.
Strokes – Less Is More… How To Develop A Consistent Volley