In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany talks about the important aspects of a great passing shot in tennis.
I know this video is about strategy but it’s perfect for a technique question. Marty (who rocks) keeps her shoulder to her target just before contact where as Carly opens her chest early. Both hit good overheads, but which is more technically sound?
Great question… I think both are in the “range of acceptability” … to be it is just preference.
Extremely useful tips for overhead shots
Great training video. quick question, would you let the lob drop and hit a smash off it instead, rather than taking it out of the air in zone 4 or possibly zone 3? Just to make a kill smash.
I actually do that a lot myself and teach it to some students. It helps their timing immensely
Simple yet effective way to communicate the concept to students by using the zones. This becomes a decision making drill based on zone recognition.
Hi Jorge .Great advice as Always!Going to try this with my students today.We have not done the overhead yet,Thanks- Darren
Cool Darren, good luck with it.
I’d like to add, if I may, that the further back that you are the more toward the middle you should aim.
I like that Mike….
Good summary! I agree that any overheads in Zone 1 or 2 should be either an angle put-away or “bounce out” of play. I also think most players, even my fellow 4.5 guys, should not hit an overhead in Zone 4 since these are hard to put away, especially in doubles. I’ve seen a lot women pros handle these shots with a forehand, returning the ball high and deep with a lot of topspin. I think that’s the highest percentage play.
The zone recognition and adjustments required were well done! Thanks
I think you missed the opportunity to talk about zone 5. Overheads from the baseline where you actually end up hitting up on the ball! Maybe you prefer they just take the ball on the rise, but it is an overhead shot.
At Zone 4, where should we aim?
I tell my students that when they are standing in zone 4 they should aim for zone 4 on the other side. I a lot of players ht the ball into the net when they are that far back.
Great information about the 4 zones,
Simply put for any students.
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