The backhand volley for most intermediate players their weakest shot. The reason is because of strength and poor technique. Strength comes into play because we lack the muscular strength need to grasp the racquet. Once grip strength is address we can move on to technique. A continental grip is needed to put leverage into the one- handed backhand volley. Take a healthy backswing so the racquet head is near the â€œearâ€� and over the shoulder with the left hand holding the throat. At this point the racquet string face will be open, facing skyward. This will allow for slight underspin if needed. Start your volley swing by pulling the racquet out of the non- dominate hand and swinging forward and down. The non- dominate hand controls the backswing and the timing of the release of that hand is critical. The racquet face begins to close as we swing forward and down allowing the racquet head to build speed. The strings are almost vertical at impact and we should try to pull the handle forward after impact to allow the strings to slant open again towards the sky. We do this to make sure we donâ€™t flip the racquet strings over the ball and dump it into the net. The follow through almost looks like we are sliding the racquet strings under the ball. The finish comes to an abrupt stop as if we were trying to â€œstickâ€� the volley. To practice try hitting short balls with someone in the service boxes. Make sure you are using underspin to control the ball and let it drop into the court. This practice will allow you to understand how much tilt is needed on the racquet string face to produce a slice shot. Lastly, the backhand volley should look a lot like a backhand slice. The major difference is the size of the backswing and finish. Volleys should be shorter with an abbreviated finish while the slice is longer and flows more.