If you're an outside hitter also known as a left side spiker in volleyball on your team here are seven ways you can improve your point scoring abilities which will help you score points with different kinds of sets and in several different situations while helping your team dominate opponents at the net.
I'm reprinting here on my site, the article I wrote for Active.com.
If you're one of your team's outside hitters here are seven simple ways a spiker in volleyball can improve their spiking technique, help you score points with different kinds of sets and in several different situations while helping your team dominate opponents.
Practice "wiping the block" with a coach.
The coach stands on a table or chair with a flat wooden board a couple inches above the volleyball net.
You purposefully practice hitting that board, aiming for the board like you are going to hit down the line.
The Spiker in Volleyball: Aim straight ahead with your spiking arm
..."follow through, finishing with your spiking arm coming down across your body.
The ball comes back over your outside shoulder to the outside of the volleyball court.
...at home with a ball against your garage.
Without jumping, practice your arm swing hitting the ball into a square you've marked off in chalk to a spot about three to four feet above your forehead.
Your goal is for the ball to bounce back to the left side outside of your body.
It goes to the right side if you are left handed.
...especially in long rallies.
This keeps the block guessing and off balanced about what you are going to do and how you are going to attack next.
... when you are in the back row on defense.
Plan and think ahead so you already know where the open spots are on the opposing team's court when you get to the front row.
...of the opposing team's court.
Make this the place where you practice putting hundreds of roll shots and off speed shots in practice.
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