Any attack starts with an approach towards the contact point of the ball. A good approach will help you to maximise your jump so that you can hit over the opposing team. Here are a few simple steps that you can practice anywhere (reverse left and right instructions if you are left-handed):
- start in the ready position and take a small step forward with your left foot
- take a bigger step with your right foot, digging your right heel into the floor. Make sure that your arms are back, behind your hips, ready to swing forwards and upwards. Digging your heel and swinging your arms will help you to translate your forward motion into upward motion.
- as your left foot steps to meet your right, swing your arms into the air and jump as high as you can. Try to visualise yourself breaking a broomstick over the back of your knees with your arm swing.
The Arm Swing
With both arms in the air the next steps are:
For the best results, make sure that the right elbow is straight and the abdominal muscles are flexed at the point of contact. Remember to follow through to your target and snap your wrist to get lots of top spin.