Overhead Strategy for Doubles


Strategy for Overhead placement in Doubles is discussed.

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  1. Paul
    August 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm · Reply

    I always tell my players to go at the feet of the man in no-man’s land as your first choice and then up the middle as your second choice if both opponents are back. I’m not a fan of the down the line OH for reasons you have stated. You will get the same results with an OH hit up the middle and allowing your partner to again squeeze the net cap. Give up the alley return…if they can drive a stroke up the alley off the OH,by the net man, you might want to work on the OH a little.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm · Reply

      Thanks Paul

  2. Dave
    August 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm · Reply

    Appreciate the review, but with clay court tennis, especially 4.5 level senior tennis, 50% chance the overhead will come back as a lob over the net person. So crowding the net is risky. I think it’s better for the net person to position for the lob, read your opponents stroke and then move forward as the opponent strikes the ball.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 1, 2016 at 10:23 pm · Reply

      Good points about the Clay court Dave.

  3. Don
    August 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm · Reply

    I agree with Michael on this strategy. I know if you hit a solid overhead the opponent probably won’t get a solid return, but I have seen some instances when the player hits it crosscourt or down the line and the opponent is able to lob it back over Carl’s head . When you hit down the middle the opponents have to move and there may be confusion between them as to who is going to take the ball.
    I appreciate your video instructions.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm · Reply

      I like it Don…

  4. Rosemary Dolatowski
    July 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm · Reply

    As always very practical &solid information.

  5. JOEL Schwartz
    July 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm · Reply

    Great tennis thoughts. I usually just try to not hit out or in the net.
    This strategy makes sense. Thanks for your help,without trying to sell a lesson.

  6. Peter
    July 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm · Reply

    Thank you Jorge

  7. Alan Hall
    July 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm · Reply

    Thank you Jorge! This gives my partner and I a couple of ways to take better advantage of our overheads, which we see a fair amount of. Appreciate the help.


  8. Joachim
    July 29, 2016 at 6:11 pm · Reply

    Great information Jorge.

  9. Michael
    July 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm · Reply

    Jorge…… Wow, first time I have ever slightly disagreed with you.
    Offensive and defensive overheads should depend on:
    1) a comfortable position with the ball (getting into IDEAL CONTACT SPOT).
    2) whether the over head hitter moved forward or back to make contact.

    If the over header was able to move forward to strike the ball (offense), they should finish the point with an easily ANGLED over head.

    If they were forced backward (defensively), they should hit high % through the middle.

    And in both cases, get ready for the next shot…..

    Just my thinking.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm · Reply

      Hey Michael… Thanks for weighing in. I approve ALL comments even if someone does NOT agree what what I am saying. I think it helps everyone else learn when they can get other opinions as well. The only time I do NOT approve a comments are when they are mean-spirited or nasty. Thanks Jorge

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