In this post, we’ll look at one of the most exciting aspects of volleyball: spiking the ball. Whether you’re an amateur player looking to up your game or a seasoned pro aiming for that extra edge, this guide is for you.
1. It is all about the approach.
Your approach to the net can make or break your spike before you even touch the ball. Maintaining momentum as you approach is critical. Begin with a slow to quick three-step approach for right-handers and vice versa for left-handers: left foot, right foot, left foot. Your final two steps should be rapid and forceful, preparing you for a strong jump.
2. Jump and Timing
Remember, volleyball is all about timing. Your jump should match the setter’s touch. You’ll miss the sweet spot if you’re too early or too late. Also, remember to use your arms when jumping. To optimize your vertical, swing them back during your approach and drive them upward through your jump.
3. Contact and Arm Swing
Now comes the moment of truth. Your hitting arm should be brought back with your elbow bent, almost as if you’re about to toss a ball. Your hand should be open and broad as you swing, contacting the ball at the height of your jump. For the best power and control, aim to hit the middle of the volleyball ball with the heel of your palm.
4. Aiming and Positioning
Spiking is about more than simply force; it’s also about precision. You’re not just attempting to hit the ball as hard as possible; you’re also attempting to strike it where your opponents are not. Experiment with different shots such as line, angle, cut, and high deep corner. Maintain the defense guessing.
5. Land and Follow Through
What goes up must eventually fall down. After you’ve hit the ball, your arm should automatically follow through. To avoid damage and to be ready for the following play, land on both feet.
Remember that everyone’s spike will be unique, and that’s alright. What works for one player may not work for the next. The goal is to understand the principles before adapting them to your personal flair. Continue to persevere and practice, and we guarantee you’ll notice results.
Keep in mind that our sports experience often matches our life journey. There will be spikes flying out of bounds, as well as blocks. Every missed shot, though, is an opportunity to learn and progress.