Here’s the volleyball spike technique, broken down into stages, which is going to help you hit the perfect volleyball spike and smash it into the opponent’s side of the court for a kill. Make sure that you follow this checklist and turn your perfect volleyball spike into muscle memory for your next kill on the volleyball court.
- Wait in a high track start position
- Lean the body slightly forwards, arm relaxed, feet staggered and weigh on the opposite foot of the first step to aid in proper foot sequence
- Read the trajectory, speed and placement of the set to determine when to begin the approach
- Strive to approach the ball in the same way each time.
- The first steps are reading and timing. Start slow and finish fast, attacking the approach.
- Emphasis is on a continuous movement, accelerating into the plant and take-off.
Plant and Take Off
- Plant and take off quickly. The less time spent on ground during lift off, the higher the jump
- Be at an arm’s distance behind the ball, line the ball up with your hitting shoulder
- Take off from both feet
- Life off by extending up with the arms and legs
- Lift up arms into attack-ready position
- Get hitting arm in throwing position with elbow hight and hitting shoulder rotated back.
- Throw hitting hand up at ball with elbow leading the shoulder rotation into the hit
- Generate speed by rotating hips, shoulders and arm into the hit
- Contact ball at maximum reach, in front of body and over the hitting shoulder
- Contact ball on the palm of open hand, fingers wrapped around the ball
- Direct the ball by contacting it on different sides:
- 1) 12 o’clock for straight ahead
- 2) 10 o’clock for sharp angle to right, 2 o’clock for sharp angle to left
- Shorten swing on tight sets, but always follow-through
- Body follows arm and rotates to face the direction of attack
- Land softly on both feet