How to Know What Type of Overhead to Hit


In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany talks about the important aspects of a great passing shot in tennis.

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  1. Doug from Florida
    September 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm · Reply

    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?

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 5, 2020 at 2:40 pm · Reply

      Great question… I think both are in the “range of acceptability” … to be it is just preference.

  2. VinayakGujarathi
    September 3, 2020 at 6:32 am · Reply

    Hi sir
    Extremely useful tips for overhead shots

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 5, 2020 at 2:40 pm · Reply


    December 21, 2019 at 10:02 am · Reply

    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.

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:48 am · Reply

      I actually do that a lot myself and teach it to some students. It helps their timing immensely

  4. Arthur Wolf
    December 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm · Reply

    Simple yet effective way to communicate the concept to students by using the zones. This becomes a decision making drill based on zone recognition.

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:48 am · Reply

      Thanks Arthur

  5. Darren Willmot
    December 19, 2019 at 7:48 am · Reply

    Hi Jorge .Great advice as Always!Going to try this with my students today.We have not done the overhead yet,Thanks- Darren

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:49 am · Reply

      Cool Darren, good luck with it.

  6. MIke
    December 19, 2019 at 3:38 am · Reply

    I’d like to add, if I may, that the further back that you are the more toward the middle you should aim.

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 26, 2019 at 12:49 am · Reply

      I like that Mike….

  7. Martin Black
    February 8, 2018 at 12:29 am · Reply

    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.

  8. Ron Bashara
    February 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm · Reply

    The zone recognition and adjustments required were well done! Thanks

  9. Katie Ware
    February 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm · Reply

    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.

  10. John
    February 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm · Reply

    At Zone 4, where should we aim?

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm · Reply

      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.

  11. Coach Stretch
    February 7, 2018 at 1:35 pm · Reply

    Great information about the 4 zones,
    Simply put for any students.

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