Types of Hits in Volleyball What's The Tool, The Wipe and Hitting Line

There are other names for an attack or hit used in volleyball like 'tool', 'wipe' and 'hitting line' that're 3 types of hits in volleyball used to score points. 


Add options to your power hitting game and learn how to do these attacking skills by familiarizing yourself with these types of hits in volleyball.

These hitting terms are other names for an attack or hit used in volleyball and describe three different ways you can hit the ball to score a point or sideout. 

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Just like a handyman uses tools to fix things, players have various offensive strategies or  "tools" they can rely on to really go after and attack the opposing team's defense. 


Types of Hits in Volleyball Short Players Use To Score Points


Especially for short players these tools "level the playing field" and give shorter players more ways to score points against tall blockers. 



Types of Hits in Volleyball 
The Tool


As a hitter, you want to practice spiking the ball so that you deliberately aim for the outer hand of the blocker who's attempting to block you.

Your goal is to do this in a way that the ball gets deflected back to your court but outside of the sideline, so it bounces outside of the court, on your team's side. 

That's an easy point for you and it's one of the toughest volleyball hits that is extremely difficult to play defense against.

That's why it's so effective.


Types of Hits in Volleyball
The Wipe


"Tool the block" is also called "wiping the block" or  "wipe the block".



This term describes the wiping action a spiker's arm motion will do when the player is aiming the ball for an opposing blocker's outside hand.

Specifically, the one closest to the antenna, so that when it comes back off of her hand the ball is deflected to outside the sideline on the hitter's side landing outside of the court.

You wipe the block in such a way that you are in control of the fact that the blocker is the last person to touch the  ball before it lands outside of the sidelines, on your team's side.



Whether you are learning how to play beach volleyball or specializing in the indoor game incorporating these types of hits in volleyball in your attack training drills as essential.

Many female players rely on "the wipe"  as an option to score when they've been given an imperfect set.

Short hitters use the wipe to beat the block as well. 


Types of Hits in Volleyball
How To Hit The Line Shot


Types of hits in volleyball: Hitting the line shot  is another volleyball hitting option for front row attackers.

Hitting the line shot would require you to contact the top 1/3 of the ball so it travels parallel to and within the sideline that you are playing the closest to. 



Likewise if you are the right side hitter spiking from your team's zone 2, then you would be making a line shot if you spiked a ball or sent an offspeed shot in or near zone 4 or zone 5 of the opposing team's court.

If you are the front row hitter, hitting the ball from your team's  zone 4, then you are making a line shot if you spike the ball or hit an offspeed shot to zone 5 of the opposing team's court.



Types of Hits in Volleyball 
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