Good Setting Technique


Tom Fakehany
If hitters aren't converting and passers aren't performing, it's easy to shift the blame. But if you work on achieving the best technique on every set, you can save a lot of those bad passes or give a struggling hitter an easy set.

You should look at setting from the ground up.

First, work on quick feet-this means moving to the ball before setting it. Once you're there and ready, your feet should be shoulder-width apart or slightly wider.

Bend your knees slightly, and make sure your weight is evenly distributed from the balls of your feet to the arches.

Don't have your weight too far forward or backward--this makes it difficult to change direction.

The foot closest to the net should be a little ahead of the other one. This slightly rotates your hips and shoulders into the court and helps keep the set from drifting too tight or over the net.

Elevate your hands to your forehead, and cock your wrists in anticipation of the set. Keep hand and fingers firm, point your elbows out at an angle between 55 and 90 degrees.

When you set, use all of your fingers.

The ring fingers and the pinkies help stabilize the ball. Also, the more surface area you touch, the better you can control the ball.

Take the set at your forehead, and use your entire body to push it towards the hitter.

In conclusion, follow through with your hands pursuing after the ball is released; this helps keep it in a true trajectory.

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