Strategy for Overhead placement in Doubles is discussed.
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.
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.
Good points about the Clay court Dave.
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.
I like it Don…
As always very practical &solid information.
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.
Thank you Jorge
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.
Great information Jorge.
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.
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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