There are three basic shots that can happen at the kitchen;
1) dink, 2) attack and 3) put-away.
When dinking you are trying to set up a ball that sits above or just below the net that allows you to hit your shot at your opponents right shoulder, thereby forcing them to “reset” with a dink volley that hopefully sits up for you to attack again or even better, put away.
Whats really cool to watch in this video with Jordan and Riley is how Riley uses a two handed backhand volley and attacks balls below net height well. Also, notice how low they bend while at the kitchen.
One thing I noticed that Riley does that wasn’t mentioned is that he takes a micro “split step” just before Jordan contacts the ball. It seems to make him quicker and sharper on his shots—interesting!!!!!! Two other things he does are noticeable: 1) Riley’s elbows are slightly more in front of his body in his ready position. 2) He seldom if ever backs up; his feet stay wide at the no volley zone and picks up difficult dinks at his feet right off the hop!
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