Pass A Volleyball Consistently: Three Ways To Hold Your Hands To Pass 

Learn three ways to hold your hands when you are passing a ball to your setter.  

When You Pass a Volleyball, How Do You Keep Your Hands Together?When You Pass a Volleyball, How Do You Keep Your Hands Together?


Here is step-by-step instruction for the three grips you can choose from, when you pass a ball.


Forearm Pass a Volleyball 
Hand Position Option #1





a) First you would put the back of your open right hand into the open palm of your left hand, that way, your two opened palms are turned upwards towards the sky so your two open hands form an X.

Then you close your hands together in such a way that both thumbs remain on top of both fists and in contact with each other, side by side.

Now point both thumbs to the ground. You now have created your "platform" which you use when you contact the ball.

By pointing your thumbs to the ground, the platform created with your arms, remains nice and flat, perfect for controlling the ball to your intended target when you make contact with it. 

Be sure to make contact with the ball above your wrists and below your inner elbows, not on your hands!


Forearm Pass a Volleyball
Hand Position Option #2






b) You can first make a fist with your right hand, turning it sideways so you see your thumb on top of your fist.

Then place that fist of your right hand into the palm of your left hand until, once again your two thumbs meet and are lined up side-by-side.


Then, just like in forearm pass grip option #1, you would point both thumbs down towards the ground, tightly holding your the wrists and thumbs of both hands together.

This forces you to keep both of your elbows straight and will help you maintain a flat platform or flat surface when you contact the ball. 

How to pass a volleyball. This forces you to keep both of your elbows straight and will help you maintain a flat platform or flat surface when you contact the ball. (Matt Van Winkle)How to pass a volleyball. This forces you to keep both of your elbows straight and will help you maintain a flat platform or flat surface when you contact the ball. (Matt Van Winkle)


Once again, do not make contact with the ball below your wrists, you will never be able to consistently control the ball and get it to your intended target that way. 

You do want to move your feet fast enough to get to where you think the ball is going to land, before it gets there. This is called reading and anticipating the ball.


Once you do that then you position your body to pass the ball on the part of your arms that is below your inner elbow and above your wrists.


Forearm Pass a Volleyball
Hand Position Option #3


I don't recommend this grip for beginners. But for some college and pro volleyball players this type of grip works for them.

c) This last option is to choose to not have a real hand grip at all.

But if you can manage to keep your wrists together, so they still form the required "table-top" platform with your forearms, keeping them as close as possible when you bump the ball, you can still be a precise passer using this style of grip.






I tried option C for a while when I was playing professional indoor volleyball, but I didn't like how often my arms broke apart, which increased the risk of passing the ball with bent elbows.

So I went back to volleyball pass grip option #1 which I felt most comfortable with. 

The most critical element to remember when you pass a volleyball is to keep your wrists, forearms and elbows together and a straight as possible when you make contact with the ball.  

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