Using the Non-Dominant Hand to Create the Desired Shoulder Tilt

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Using the non-dominant hand correctly can greatly improve the effectiveness of your overhead. A strong non-dominant hand will serve as guide to get under the ball but also help the player tilt the shoulders to be able to explode up the the ball.

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Using the Non-Dominant Hand to Get Under the Ball

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The non-dominant hand plays a very important role on the overhead, serving to guide the player to the ideal position to swing. Use your non-dominant hand to help you get under the ball to be able to swing in balance.

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Overhead – Let Very High Lobs Bounce

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As a general rule, you should never let a lob bounce. It is always a lot more effective to fight to hit the ball in the air. However, there is one situation when letting the lob bounce is probably the correct decision and that is when the lob is very, very high. In cases when the ball is coming down …

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Points – Slice Lob vs Overhead Down the Line

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One player is at the net and the other at the baseline. Players will play points on half the court including alleys. The player at the net starts the point. The baseline player can only hit slice lobs. The game ends when one of the player wins 11 points. No backhand overheads are allowed. Tip The net player needs to …

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Improve your Overhead with a Strong First Move to the Ball

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Getting under the ball in balance and ready to swing is half the battle when hitting overheads. Many players get in trouble because they move too slowly and do not reach the ideal hitting position in time. Ideally a player should turn sideways and move aggressively with his/her racquet up and his/her non-dominant arm pointing at the ball, as soon …

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The Hook Shot – A Great last Resource at the Net

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Sometimes the ball is coming fast and high and you are in a situation where it is too high for a volley and too fast for an overhead. The ball gets over your head but if you let it bounce you will loose the point. In these cases your only chance is a “hook.” This video will show you how …

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Make Sure you Can Hit the Overhead Flat and in all Directions

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As players change to the Continental Grip it will be much easier for them to hit the ball cross court with a bit of side spin. The next obstacle is to hit the ball flat and to the opposite corner. That is, a right handed player will naturally hit to the forehand of another right handed player when first using …

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Learning to Use the Correct Grip on the Overhead

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In order to truly hit a good overhead it is essential that you use the right grip. The ideal grip is going to be the continental grip. In this video you will find an explanation and a drill to help you understand and practice hitting the overhead with the right grip.

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The Correct Swing to Generate Pace on the Overhead

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An overhead should be powerful. It is a great opportunity to finish the point. In order to generate power it is important that you take a full swing and that you start with the racquet away from your head, letting it fall and swinging in a continuous motion.

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Line up Quickly Behind the Flight of the Ball when Hitting an Overhead after the Bounce

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A common mistake when hitting an overhead after the bounce is to back up first and then try to adjust laterally to the ball. It is much easier and effective to line up right away behind the ball and then adjust forwards.

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