The correct volleyball arm swing will make you a feared and long lasting hitter with a minimum of shoulder problems. Hi, I’m Mike Diehl, an NCAA champion at UCLA in ’93 and then went on to a fifteen year career in the European pro leagues with four MVP awards. My pro beach debut was at the ’96 Manhattan Beach qualifier with Stein Metzger. My best success on the beach was on the 4-Man Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
For fun my personal motto comes from the movie Wedding Crashers “Rule# 76 – no excuses, play like a champion.”
Volleyball Arm Swing Explained
Every true champion in the sport of volleyball has their own personal technique that they believe is what makes them the best. For me, the volleyball arm swing is the secret weapon that has made me so successful. Volleyball1on1.com decided one day to ask me about my well-known ability to get power behind the ball if I would be willing to share the secrets of my hard earned abilities.
To initiate a proper volleyball arm swing and hit the ball with all of your potential energy, think of your arm as a whip and of your hand as the tip of that whip initiating the “crack!” The key to a good arm swing as I show you is fluid motion and proper muscle use.
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Mike, I understand that a huge part of a good armswing is leading with your elbow. When practicing, say, just hitting against a wall or with a partner, when I start focusing on tracking the ball or keeping my elbow high or bring my left arm down and into my body, I find that I start windmilling my hitting arm, and don’t always lead with my elbow. Can you recommend any drills that would make leading with the elbow more second nature and natural with every swing?