What do you do if your opponent rips the tennis ball directly at your body when you are at net? The way you react will be different because you will have very little time. If you are back at the baseline hitting groundstrokes and your opponent hits a hard ball, you have more flexibility because you can still move and set up for the shot. Up at net if the tennis ball is drilled directly at your body you will have to hit a reaction shot, so the question is, “do you try to hit a forehand or a backhand volley?”

The answer is that you should almost always try to hit a backhand volley. If the ball is coming directly to your body, bring your hitting elbow up to shoulder level and adjust the tennis racket head down so that the racket face is in front of your body. It is much easier to get the racket in position on the backhand face than the forehand.

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