Ways to improve your overhead strokes
Players who can volley overhead have a big advantage over their opponents. Why?
- They hit the return of serve early (on the full)
- They cut the ball off before it gets to the back of the court.
- They find it easier to keep in front of their opponent.
- They do not get stuck in the back corners on length shots and the return of serve.
This is why tennis players find they can convert to squash easily, and have a natural tendency to take the ball early.
The average player finds swinging overhead an unnatural stroke.
1. Volley side to side
Standing at the T move from forehand to backhand swinging overhead.
2. Volley figure of 8
Figure of 8 swing at hip height, then gradually move the swing to shoulder height, then overhead height.
Video clip Figure of 8 Volley
3. Return of Serve swing
Standing near the half court line move as if to overhead volley a return of serve.
These exercises are designed to compliment training sessions, and if attempted for a short time each day at home will improve your game a lot. At first you will be uncoordinated, and awkward. Try to emulate your game, with particular emphasis on footwork, racket work, and fluent movement.
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