Think of all of the biggest hitters in beach volleyball you know. Your list likely includes, at least, a few of these names: Taylor Crabb, Phil Dalhausser, Casey Patterson, Chase Budinger, April Ross, Alix Klineman, and Kelley Kolinske.
Every one of these players mentioned have exceptional arm swings.
How do they spike the volleyball like that, you ask?
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This is all about Arm Swing Mechanics and how to generate MAX velocity when you are hitting in volleyball.
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If you want to know how to hit harder, gain more power, or are just interested in learning more about the arm swing for volleyball, then watch this video as Mark guides you through how to unlock your best winning opportunities.
Just like a baby doesn’t learn to run before it walks, you will need to know a few vital body positions to master the arm swing in beach volleyball.
1. QUARTER SQUAT, ARMS BACK
The best way to find this starting position is to squat like you are doing a barbell squat and then throw your hands behind you. This is the quarter squat position with your arms back. Keep your chest lifted and glutes pushed back in your squat. You should feel tension in your glutes versus your quads in this position. If you are finding more tension felt in your quads, avoid leaning too far forward as this will kill your momentum in your jump.
2. UP AND ROTATE
The next position is where the hitting hip (right for right handed players, left for left handed players) comes forward as the hitting chest goes back. This allows for a maximum stretch through the thoracic. Think about a rubberband being stretched right before you let go. Find that feeling in this position to help give that "snap" when hitting the volleyball.
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3. THE ELBOW AND CHEST SEQUENCE
As you draw your elbow back into the “Bow and Arrow” position, remember to keep your wrist and arm loose and whippy. You should be able to turn your hand and wave to someone behind you.
4. ELBOW COMES UP, HAND STAYS BACK
In this position, your tricep is facing forward and the top of your forearm is facing up and then it comes through. You do not freeze in this position, but it is a vital position to hit on the way to your spike.
5. HIGH CONTACT AND FOLLOW THROUGH
You should contact the ball at a high point during your arm swing. This will give you the best control and the highest conversions.
Still struggling to visualize the perfect arm swing for spiking a volleyball?
Check out the first part of this three part series where Mark and Brandon walk you through how to find the key body positions for hitting in beach volleyball.
Shoulder health and full body mobility are essential pieces to the puzzle for creating the ultimate powerful arm swing. If you are finding yourself with injury or just feeling sticky throughout the movements in your arm swing. Here are a few of our favorite mobility exercises and drills that we highly recommend to give you that edge you are looking for.
As found in our blog, "Mobility and Stretches for Beach Volleyball Players", dynamic range of motion is another way for beach volleyball players to enhance their mobility. This a great addition for building up the arm swing mechanics to a higher level in all your future volleyball games.
A quality dynamic range of motion routine picks the most important positions that allow you to increase your mobility. Each stretch or move only lasts 2-3 seconds. This is another way we tell our body that we WANT it to have greater range.
Here is an example of what a full body Beach Volleyball Warmup will look like for anyone wanting to elevate your ability to swing with power and flexibility.
A few more drills you can practice for spiking a volleyball and getting the most our of your arm swing are found in the blog
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