3 Hitting Drills For Volleyball Hitters To Improve Their Armswing Fast

Learning how to improve your armswing speed to create power is the focus of my 3 hitting drills for volleyball hitters wanting to score against big blockers.




Quickening up your arm swing speed is the focus of these three hitting drills for volleyball players who're interested in

  • creating more power with their swing and/or
  • beating the block by getting their spiking hand on the ball faster when they're spiking. 


Hitting Drills For Volleyball Hitters To Work On Quickening Up your Armswing




I highly recommend this drill which can be done two ways...at home you can on your own..  practice your armswing spike in the mirror ..


Hitting Drills For Volleyball Hitters
How To Use The Mirror To Improve Your Armswing


Look in the mirror and watch yourself do your proper armswing technique...keeping elbow high and not dropping your elbow.

Palm faces the opposing wall and the movement from 12 o"clock to 10 o'clock which is the top of your armswing to when you make contact with the ball ..gets faster and faster. 


Do 100 reps while looking in the mirror - four sets of 25 armswings in the morning and again at night…

This drill CHANGED my game and helped me make the US National team.. because I was working on increasing my armswing speed while reaching high … in order to outreach and beat the block which helped me get my hand to the ball before the block could form well. 

Hitting Drills For Volleyball Hitters
How To Use The Wall To Improve Your Armswing



If you've ever played hand ball against the wall then this is one of the best hitting drills for volleyball spikers that you may already be familiar with.

But there's a catch in order to make it work for you..

If you've ever played hand ball against the wall then this is one of the best hitting drills for volleyball spikers that you may already be familiar with.

But there's a catch in order to make it work for you..

When you hit the ball you

  • always reach high keeping your elbow high and above your shoulder...without letting your arm drift away from your head



As you get better at swinging faster... the key is to make contact on top of the ball at 12 o'clock and you'll notice that if you swing fast..

  • the ball will bounce closer to where you are standing

but if you swing slow..

  • the ball will bounce closer to the wall 

If your armswing is really slow then the ball will even hit the wall which will force you to run and shag balls which becomes tiring.

Sooo quickening up your armswing is the solution to not having to keep running to shag your own ball. 

Hitting Drills For Volleyball Hitters
How To Use A Box To Improve Your Armswing




If you have access to a box and a net you can work on your armswing speed like I'm doing with Madi...actually she's doing for herself with my instruction. 



Toss a two ball t(that's a set that's 2-3 feet in the air) to yourself and then using correct armswing technique swing high, hard and fast to connect with the ball with the goal of increasing your armswing speed to the ball ...




Volleyball Hitter Drills Help You Learn How To Attack A Harder Ball

To be an effective volleyball hitter, you have to adopt a fearless and aggressive attitude when it comes to spiking the ball against a two person block.

Madi works on her arm swing while up on a box as one of our hitter volleyball drills in private training. 


A volleyball hitter needs to have five important things: 

  • an aggressive attitude, 
  • a strong spike approach, 
  • a quick arm swing with a high reach,  
  • proper volleyball hitting technique that allows you to hit a wide range of multiple spots on the court and 
  • the ability to hit the ball hard with a two or three person block in front of you 

To become a point-scoring front or back row attacker in volleyball, you have to adopt a fearless and aggressive attitude when it comes to hitting the ball against a two person block put up by the opposing team.


Hitter volleyball drills with a setter and hitting lines.


Doing a lot of hitting volleyball drills help build your confidence which should grow and develop as you do lots of reps in practice and private training when you repeatedly work on ball touches with different sets.

Check out some of the hitting volleyball drills I do in my practices and private training sessions which work on these skills. 


Volleyball Hitter Drills: The Hit And Dig Drill: Working On Your Spiking Arm swing


In this drill I remind hitters that they have taken their last two steps in their spike approach and they should now see themselves as being in the air.

If you were actually hitting you would be in the air, you would pull back the elbow of your hitting arm, keeping it above the level of her ear while the arm is above your head.



Holding your elbow high and using a bow and arrow type movement to make contact with the ball so that it clears the net, you bring your hitting arm forward so it contacts the top third of the ball.



The fundamentals of a good hard volleyball spike armswing are...

  • a fast arm swing rotation with a
  • a high reach keeping the elbow high along with
  • contacting the top third of the ball ...which all combines to ...
  • create a high paced hit with a downward trajectory that sends the ball past the block and into the opposing court with force and intensity


Volleyball hitter drills like Two vs Two Skinny cross court are fun drills to work on hitting skills.  

It's important when you spike the ball that your hand makes contact on the TOP third of the ball, if not then your spiked ball will not have a downward trajectory into the court, but instead will go sailing long towards the back wall and out of the court.

Hitting lines off a coach toss is a regular hitter volleyball drill done in practice and in pregame warmups. 

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Learning how to improve your armswing speed to create power is the focus of my 3 hitting drills for volleyball hitters wanting to score against big blockers.Learning how to improve your armswing speed to create power is the focus of my 3 hitting drills for volleyball hitters wanting to score against big blockers.


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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


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