Overhead Footwork: Different Steps for Different Shots

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https://vimeo.com/11301605 Being under the ball is essential to hit a good overhead, and depending on the depth of the lob there are different ways to get the job done. When the players have time, they should use small shuffle steps to adjust. When the players are rushed and need to move back quickly shuffle steps are not fast enough – …

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The ideal Footwork For Shorter Overheads

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Getting your body to the ideal position is very important when hitting an overhead. When the players have time, they should use small, quick steps to get under the ball. Ideally, they should get their body into the ideal position early and work hard to get under the ball maintaining this position.

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The Correct Use of the Non-Dominant Hand as we Swing

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Many mistakes occur when a players uses their non-dominant hand incorrectly as they swings. The non-dominant hand should stay up until the players starts to swing. As the players move their racquet towards the ball the non-dominant hand will start moving down towards their stomach. Keeping the had up too long, not long enough or bringing it down towards the …

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Running around and hitting the inside out overhead

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The players start on the service line On the coach’s signal, the players should touch the marker (close to the net, in the middle of the right service box) After that, the coach feeds a high, slow lob to the backhand side The players should run around the shot and hit an inside out overhead Goal of training Training the …

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Jumping forwards into the overhead

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The players start on the service line On the coach’s signal, the player should move diagonally backwards and touch the marker After that, the coach hits a high, short lob to the front of the court on the forehand side The player should attempt to hit an overhead down the line – if possible downwards Goal of training Footwork: Adjusting …

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Overhead – The Backhand Overhead

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The general tule is to always hit a forehand overhead when you can. However, once in a while the lob will come so quickly that a forehand overhead is not possible. In those cases a player has to be prepared to hit a backhand overhead. This is a unique shot that needs to be practiced. It requires he player to …

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Overhead – A Different Backswing for Different Situations

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As in any other stroke in tennis, the backswing needs to match the situation. When the lob is low and fast, the backswing needs to be be short. When the lob is higher, a medium swing will do the job and finally when the lob is very high and the player hitting the overhead has a lot of time, the …

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Hitting an overhead after the ball bounces

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The players should allow each ball to bounce before hitting the overhead. The players are free to direct their shots as they wish. The coach should feed all over the court. Goal of training: Training the overhead after the ball bounces Footwork: Adjusting to the overhead with small steps and side steps Developing timing for the backswing Frequency/Load: This technical …

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Direct overhead

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The players should hit the overhead directly out of the air. The players are free to direct their shots as they wish. The coach should feed all over the court. Goal of training Hitting overheads directly out of the air Footwork: Adjusting to the overhead with small steps and side steps Developing timing for the shorter backswing Frequency/Load This technical …

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