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I have recently begun hitting a foam ball against the wall to improve my volleys, since I have been playing more doubles lately. I think the benefits are reduced noise and it is not so hard on my arm joints, since it is not as heavy as a regular ball. It is a lot easier to keep the volleys going too, since it's more forgiving.

I do overheads, serves and volleys against a racketball court wall. I think it's a great cardio exercise, and I have seem some improvements on my volleys; I am more aggressive at the net now.

Are there any drawbacks to hitting with the foam ball, if I still hit with the regular balls from time to time?

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The central risk is getting used to incorrect technique. Since foam balls are significantly lighter than tennis balls, hitting them offers less feedback. Consequently many players begin swinging and/or using their wrists instead of leaning in. In the meantime, the light balls do not punish these mistakes and moreover obscure bad timing.

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