How to Spike a Volleyball Correctly

Beach volleyball is a great way to stay in shape in the sunshine.

Beach volleyball is a great way to stay in shape in the sunshine.

Spiking a volleyball requires good hand and eye coordination, an ability to jump high and arm power to whack the ball to your opponents' side of the court. In order to learn how to spike a volleyball correctly, you'll need to follow a few basic steps and have proper posture. To improve your technique, practice spiking the ball regularly and consider adding strength training and plyometric jumping exercises to your regular fitness routine.

Stand up tall with your feet hip-width apart and your spine straight.

Maintain eye contact with the ball the entire time. Once the volley comes from your opponents' side of the court, follow the ball with your eyes as it travels to your side of the net.

Shift your position to anticipate where the volleyball will cross the net.

Step your right foot in front of your left foot to prepare for a jump. Once the ball is in hitting distance, bend your knees and powerfully jump in the air as high as you can.

Swing your right arm around -- or left arm if you are a left-handed hitter -- quickly and make contact with the volleyball with a flat palm.

Hit the volleyball forcefully with the lower inner corner of your palm, right between the thumb and pointer finger. Smack the ball over the net and toward the ground.

Items you will need

  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball net

Tip

  • To practice your spiking technique during practice, have a coach or another member of your team volley the ball over the net numerous times.

Warning

  • Speak to your doctor if you are new to exercise or have an underlying medical condition.
 

About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a registered yoga teacher. Her writing has been published in yoga and dance teacher training manuals for POP Fizz Academy. Carlin received a Masters of Arts in gender studies from Birkbeck University in London and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.

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