The following volleyball spike tips are the basic steps to learning how to hit a volleyball. Learning how to spike involves creating topspin and contacting the ball in away that allows you to be in control of the attack.
Spiking a Volleyball
The most important part of spiking is the contact. How you contact the ball will determine how well you volleyball spike.
The following are the 3 most important concepts for spiking...
A "vertical arm" means the arm is perpendicular to the ground. We want the arm to be vertical because a vertical arm allows you to make a higher contact and more powerful spike. A lot of players will reach a few inches higher just by making this adjustment.
Watch yourself on video
If you are unsure if your arm is vertical or you have a coach constantly telling you to get your elbow up and you can't feel it, then film yourself spiking. If you see it on film it's easier to understand what it means to have a vertical arm.
Get your elbow close to your ear
Often a good cue is to start with the elbow close to your ear before you spike. This will put your arm in a vertical position before you swing to contact the ball.
The elbow to wrist arm action is the last part of the spike. It's usually best to work on this armswing first before learning to approach because trying to approach and get your arm vertical and use elbow to wrist is often too many things to think about when first learning how to volleyball spike.
"Hammer Position" for Spiking
Start with just an elbow to wrist action. Don't follow through. Use a wall or find a partner and work on elbow to wrist.
Think of just moving the arm from elbow to wrist. For example, from shoulder to elbow there shouldn't be much arm motion. Most of the movement is from elbow to wrist.
It's like hammering in a nail. Imagine you are hammering in a nail up overhead. In the photo on the right, the arm is in the hammer position, ready to spike.
Often a tough concept to grasp is spiking with topspin.
The purpose of topspin is...