Precautions when forming parallel teams




Parallel teams are aggressive and can put pressure on the opponent, so
If you can do it well, you can advance the match to your advantage.


Sure, doubles are said to have the advantage of parallel teams, but they also have their weak points.



First of all, when using a parallel formation, if you are not good at volleying or smashing, it will not work.


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It goes without saying that no matter how much pressure is placed on the opponent, if you reach the intermediate level or higher, you will be struck by what you are not good at.


Your opponent also wants to win the match, so you’ll have to take advantage of your weak points and break the formation.


Therefore, when playing against intermediate or higher opponents, it is better not to use parallel teams much when you are not good at volleying and smashing.


From now on, I will proceed on the premise that I am good at volleying and smashing.

Beware of straight lobs


The most important thing to watch out for when playing parallel is a straight lob.


There is a lot of space behind the front players in the parallel team, so the opponent hits the lob straight.


Therefore, if the opponent hits Rob, you have to respond quickly.


The front player should volley the ball that reaches as much as possible so that the formation is not broken.


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In particular, the straight lob on the fore side often becomes a high back volley.


The high back volley is hard to apply force, so if you return it to the opponent’s front player, it is more likely to become an easy ball.


Not limited to high back volley, it is safe to return to the opponent’s back player when a strong ball cannot be returned with a ball that can reach the limit.


If you hit a deep lob and can’t handle it, the back player moves behind the front player to handle it.


The front player changes position the moment the ball goes behind.


Back players should hit the opponent’s center or hit a deep ball with a lob to make time and rebuild the formation.


Also, in situations where the back player has to hit, it’s likely that you fail to make time to play.


Therefore, the ball hit by the back player is more likely to become the opponent’s easy ball.


So the front player has to move backwards to prepare for the opponent’s attack.


Both the back player and the front player move backwards, so they take the form of a one up one back formation.


The image is that while watching the situation in the form of a one up one back formation, wait for a chance and return to the parallel team again.


When the volley becomes short, the opponent will hit the lob


It is important that the back player’s volley does not become short in order to prevent the opponent from hitting the lob when forming a parallel team.


If the volley is controlled deep on the court, the opponent cannot easily hit the lob.


Since the position where the opponent hits is also in the back, it becomes difficult to control lob.


As the opponent hits from behind, the front player has more time to move to the back, so there is plenty of time to prepare for the smash.


If the back player’s volley is short balls, it can easily be passed by a lob.


Therefore, when forming a parallel team, it is necessary to have a technique that can control the volley to deeply the court.


Firmly corresponds to the ball that came to your feet


The next thing to watch out for is the ball that comes to the feet of the back player.


Since the low volley is hit from the bottom to the top, the ball is easy to float and it is easy to become an easy ball.


However, if you turn the ball that came to your feet into an easy ball, you can easily lose points.


Controlling the low volley to deep into the court is certainly difficult.


But,the higher your opponent’s level,the more chances you hit a low volley.


In addition,it is necessary to accurately judge whether to process with no bounce or one bounce depending on the trajectory of the ball.


Since it is a momentary decision, it requires experience, so it requires a lot of practice.


But, low volley is inevitable when forming parallel teams.


Therefore, you need the skill to control the ball that came to your feet to deeply on the cross court.


Therefore, it is important to practice controlling the low volley to the cross coat on a daily basis.


Easy to make mistakes with first volley


The most error-prone case in parallel teams is during the first volley.


This is because the back player is in an unstable state immediately after moving forward.


In addition, as the back player moves forward, the opponent’s return ball returns faster, so you fail to make time to prepare for volley.


So if your serve or return is not good, you fail to make time to the first volley.


To prevent this, it is necessary to spin the serve or stroke and then move forward.


By applying rotation, it becomes difficult for the opponent to hit the ball, and you can also gain time to move forward.


If you hit a fast flat ball, the time to move forward will be shorter, which may cause a mistake.


Even if it’s a fast deployment, it’s okay if you have the speed to handle it, but if not, it’s like tightening your neck yourself.


When challenging parallel teams, it is recommended to hit a spin or slice shot before moving forward.

If you make a mistake in the position, a hole will open.


If you don’t think carefully about the position of the pair when you make a parallel team, a hole will be created between them and you will be passed between them.


Basically, it is important that the player on the side with the ball is in front of the pair.


If this is reversed, the pair will line up vertically with respect to the opponent.


Therefore, the center will be empty.


If the pair is lined up diagonally to the opponent, the center will be narrower.


Despite being a back player, some people move forward to near the net, but be aware that the space will be larger from the perspective of your opponent.


Also, if you hit to the cross court, your opponent may hit to a straight or a short cross.


So the front player moves to the straight and the back player moves to the cross.


In other words, the position will change depending on the course you hit.


Where will the opponent hit?


It is important to move the position while thinking so.

Also pay attention to the surface of the coat


A hard court is a fast court and stretches after bouncing, which is an advantage for volleyers.


However, omni courts and cray courts are a slow court, which makes it difficult to put pressure on the opponent.


An opponent with a strong stroke will hit you hard, so it will be easily destroyed.


Since the ball is returned faster than usual, it is easy to misstake the volley due to a delay.


In such a case, it is effective to move the position slightly backward.


For example, the back player will continue to volley one or two steps behind the service line.


Even if you move a little back, it will be a lot easier.


Also, if the opponent is a skillful person, it will be easier to control because the court is slow.


The opponent tries that back player hit an easy ball by hitting a ball that is difficult for the back player to hit, such as a short cross or a ball that comes to his feet.


In such a case, the back player should move a little forward to prepare for the ball coming to his feet or short cross.


If the back player moves one or two steps ahead of usual, it will be easier to respond.


In this way, on slow courts, the stroker has an advantage, so it is necessary to deal with it according to the opponent.



In this article, I’ve talked about the weak points of the parallel team.


  • Weak to straight lobs
  • You have to control the low volley
  • Easy to make mistakes with first volley
  • If you make a mistake in the position, space will be created.
  • If the court is slow, the opponent is easy to attack


These are the weak points of the parallel team.


Volley skills of back player are important when trying parallel teams.


If you can control the cross court deeply, your opponent will not be able to attack easily.


Conversely, the shorter the back player’s volley, the easier it is for the opponent to attack.


Your opponent can hit you with a lob, between a pair, or a hard hit.


Therefore, in addition to volley and smash, low volley practice is very important.

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