5 Hitting Volleyball Drills Helping You Learn To Hit The Ball Harder

With these hitting volleyball drills, 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. 

Volleyball Drills: 
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