Hi, I’m Ed Ratledge AVP Pro and NCAA National champion. Hitting effectively both indoors and on the beach is done with plenty of deception. Deception is an essential part of good volleyball spiking techniques and it can make every swing look the same with the ball going to a different place each time. These tips and drills are what I use and teach at all of my camps.
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Using your thumb is how to deceive your opponent. With a swing that looks like the ball is going straight will be changed by ending with your thumb up, or down. Since I’m a lefty the thumb up sends the ball to the right. Thumb down sends the ball to the left. Righty’s will be opposite.
In my private lessons players have trouble hitting at the top of the swing. This drill focuses on correcting this by starting at the net then slowly moving backwards.
Indoor Tip Drill
In Eric Fonoimoana’s videos he talks about coming in hard which opens up the tip. This indoor drill shows how you can work on your tip skills by putting the ball into a trash can.
Thumb Down Drill
Set up cones on one side of the court and work on putting every ball inside of them. It’s trickier that it looks and increases your accuracy.
High Flatty Drill
My coach was always saying, “Hit the high flatty!”. It was used all the time to get out of trouble and tool the ball off of the blocker. I can hear him saying it everytime I use it in a match.
Thumb Up Drill
Set up cones on the opposite side of the court and work on putting every ball inside of them. This drill is an extension of the drill in video 4.
Deceptively hitting indoors and out makes it easy for you to be respected on your team. I hope you find these 6 videos valuable.
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