I occasionally have the need to make a one handed set. I use the same hand
shape and arm motion that I use for down balls, except I try to hit the ball
up, and parallel to the net. (I'm a high IVL B-2, low IVL B-1 player).
I have a question. I like to play setter (tho I'm a bit taller and stronger
than the average setter), esp. when I'm playing with a group where no one
will serve to me because my passes to the setter are much better than the
my team-mates (seems to happen a lot in open gym play). I also play setter
when I don't feel I'm getting a good enough workout as a middle blocker.
I generally make the easy set, a high outside set, but once in a while I'll
set the middle, and now and again the opposite hitter. I try to hold my
hands the same way for all my sets (line up the ball, my hands, and forehead),
and set the ball to outside, middle, opposite from there.
Almost all of the opposite hitters are never ready to hit my back sets, which
everyone tells me are clean, and good. I'm not arching my back when I
back-set, so that may be a flaw in my technique, but if I arch my back, I'm
telegraphing my set to the opposing blockers. (As I'm not arching my back,
I'm essentially setting blind, as I can't see the ball once my hands are
past my ears).
I know that at the level I'm playing at, that's not a big deal, but I have
fantasies of playing at a higher level (yeah, sure). Should I be arching
my back for a back set, a middle set, an outside set, or should I try to
set all three basic sets from the same basic posture?
Appreciate any and all constructive comments.
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