Volleyball Spike: Improve Spiking Power, Armswing and Spike Approach

My volleyball spike tips teach proper hitting technique, how to increase your spiking accuracy, and how to develop a faster armswing for a more powerful hit. 


The volleyball spike is the way for a hitter to send a ball over the net past the block into the opposing court with force in an effort to score a point. 



After you've learned how to spike a volleyball there's some kind of crazy satisfaction that hitters get, when you take a good aggressive spike approach, make high contact with the ball at its highest point and then spike the ball past the block into an open space on the opposing team's  court for a point.


Watch as Syd uses her three step spike approach to hit this set. 


When using a three-step spike approach if you're a right handed hitter you'd step on your left foot first..

...which you'd use to propel yourself closer to where you want to contact the ball...this is your directional step...and this should be the slower step you take...



As a right handed hitter you'd step on your left foot first ...which you'd use to propel yourself closer to where you want to contact the ball...

This is your directional step...and this should be the slower step you take...



The last two steps...(right foot then left foot) occur almost simultaneously..

...and should be the fastest, most aggressive steps in the entire spike approach because these are the steps that propel you upward and into the air.



Doing this helps you contact the ball at your highest possible contact point above the net. 


The Volleyball Spike:
Upper Body Spiking Requirements


In a four step approach, once you've made the first two steps of your spike approach that get you closer to the ball, you then start your arm swing motion, swinging both arms back ..before swinging them both forward. 



Both arms swing forward at the same time the last two steps are taken which lifts you into the air, like a plane that has taken off at the end of the runway. 

In the air, you pull back the elbow of your hitting arm, keeping it above the level of her ear while the arm is above her 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 are...:

  • a fast arm swing rotation with
  • a high reach keeping the elbow high along with 
  • contacting the top third of the ball ...all combines to 

...create a high paced hit with a downward trajectory that sends the ball past the block into an open space on the opposing court with force and intensity.



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. 

Below is the volleyball hitting drill I send players home to do as homework ..they do this to specifically work on increasing the speed of their armswing rotation for their spike swing.

Now you can do it too. 





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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. 


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Volleyball Hitting Tips Just for You!

Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting. Great hitters have confidence in their ability to hit against any block.
Become a tenacious tiger about hitting against a two-person block. Remember you have options making you effective against a two-person block.
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Exploit the holes in the block. Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you. Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block. They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.
Use your back row players to help when you are in the front row. Ask them to tell what they see is open and what the other team is or is not doing.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it. You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
Spike the ball aiming for the outside arm of the outside blocker in front of you.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline. Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game,