Mastering The Art Of How To Hit A Volleyball: A Comprehensive Guide

Learn how to hit a volleyball smarter and to score more points when the ball is close to the block by aiming for the seam between the volleyball blockers. 


Learning how to hit a volleyball with power and precision is essential to scoring points and dominating the game.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the key steps and techniques to become a successful hitter.


How To Hit A Volleyball
Aim For The Seam Of The Block


One of the most effective ways to learn how to hit a volleyball for front row hitters is to look for holes in the seams of the opposing team's blockers.

The seam in volleyball is the air space between blockers, usually between the middle blocker and the outside blocker who is blocking you.

Be confident and fearless when aiming your spike for that space, that hole between the two blockers, especially if you see that the outside blocker is late in closing the block.



You should aim for that seam or that hole in the block when both blockers don't jump together in unison, meaning one blocker is going up while the other is going down.

If you are hitting a "go" set or a "shoot" set which is a lower, faster paced medium height ball set to the outside antenna, then aiming your spike for the block's seam is a very good option because the middle blockers are often late getting to the outside blocker which leaves a hole for you to aim for.


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Its normal that at times hitters will glorify the opposing team's blockers by giving them more credit than they are due, when they get blocked at the net several times in a row.

It's typical for a player in this situation to begin thinking "Oh this is an amazingly big effective block."

Instead you need to change your spiking strategy to exploit the weaknesses in the block.


Quick Review:

  • Look for holes in the block and be confident and fearless in targeting the seam between the two blockers.
  • Take advantage of instances when the blockers don't jump in unison or when the outside blocker is late in closing the block.
  • Particularly for "go" or "shoot" sets, aim for the seam as middle blockers may struggle to reach the outside blocker, leaving a gap for you to exploit.

How To Hit A Volleyball To Score Points
Adjust Your Spike Approach Timing


If you find yourself consistently getting blocked, it may be necessary to make adjustments to your spike approach timing.

So this could mean you need to make an adjustment to your spike approach timing if you aren't seeing the block when you contact the ball for your spike.


Quick Review:

- Pay attention to the block and adjust your approach timing accordingly. Timing your approach to avoid the block can increase your chances of success.


How To Hit A Volleyball For Points
Make Adjustments To Your Spiking Hand And Where It Contacts The Ball


How To Hit A Volleyball For Points: Reach Higher

If you are getting blocked, you may need to reach higher to contact the top third of the ball at the highest point of your spiking arm swing rotation because you are letting the ball drop too low before making contact with the ball.


How To Hit A Volleyball For Points:
Contact The Ball at 11:00


If you are getting blocked because you are hitting the ball straight ahead, you may need to start contacting the ball at 11:00 on the ball which  helps you make better hand placement on the ball in order to hit the ball more at an angle so it passes the block.  

Remember, practice and repetition are key to mastering the art of hitting a volleyball. Focus on developing your technique, adjusting your timing, and aiming for the right spots to outplay the opposing team's blockers.

With dedication and persistence, you'll become a formidable hitter capable of scoring points and leading your team to victory. So keep practicing and hitting those balls aggressively.

When you learn these steps on how to hit a volleyball, once you've gotten the technique down, then all you  need to do in practice is practice hitting aggressively!. 



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Learn how to hit a volleyball smarter and to score more points when the ball is close to the block by aiming for the seam between the volleyball blockers.Learn how to hit a volleyball smarter and to score more points when the ball is close to the block by aiming for the seam between the volleyball blockers.

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  1. Learn more about How To Spike A Volleyball by checking the links in Related Links section.
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