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Oct 26

Beach Volleyball Serve Receive Tips – Are Hand Grips The Secret To Better Passing

The function of the hand grip you use to forearm pass or bump a ball is to help you keep your elbows straight and to make sure you maintain as flat and as wide a platform as possible. Hand grips come in all forms.

The secret to better passing is to keeping your elbows straight and as locked and close together as possible. Remember you want to create a table top where the only thing the ball has to do is bounce off of your table top and back up to the intended target. The best tip to keeping your elbows straight is to position your wrists with your thumbs always pointing down to the ground in the most efficient way possible.

For some players that looks like placing the fingers of their right hand into the palm of their left so their fingers are turned upward towards them and they are crisscrossed. Now they close their hands together so the thumbs meet, touching side by side. If they are right handed they then should see the first three fingers of their right hand extend past their left thumb.

For others, their hand grip is made by making a fist with their right hand and turning it sideways so they see their thumb on top of their fist. Then they place that fist into the palm of the opposite hand until the two thumbs meet and are lined up side-by-side. The fingers of the left hand should come across the fist and touch the knuckles of the right hand.

Still for others, there are those who modify the fist grip and have their two index fingers pointing to the ground (old school) while a few elite players with out-of-this-world ball control skills, manage to have no grip at all.

Here’s the deal, since you will be passing and serve receiving and diving in this wonderful game called beach volleyball you want to have your own personal kung fu grip to be one that doesn’t break apart easily under pressure and that absolutely insures that you will be able to create and maintain that all important “table top” which we call a platform.

To maintain the most control of the ball during serve receive the number one important thing is to keep a straight flat platform using a grip that doesn’t allow your arms to break apart in mid-action. You want to use both arms to pass, not just one.

Your goal is to be able to put the ball where you want it, whether the ball comes to you as an easy serve or whether you have to dive for a hard hit down ball. Since your platform is where the ball makes contact, it needs to consistently be a flat surface where impact is made above your wrists and below the inside of your elbows on your forearms and with your shoulders angled to your target.

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