Overhead lessons for intermediate players

One of the many differences between a beginning and intermediate tennis player is a beginning player fears hitting an overhead, while an intermediate player loves it. In order to take that next step up the ranks, developing a strong overhead is key. This articles will focus on showing you some overhead lessons for intermediate players. With enough practice, you too, will be smashing your overheads like Rafael Nadal!

Overhead lessons for intermediate

The Three Step Drop

If you’ve ever watched football, you’ve probably heard of the three step drop. The three step drop refers to the footwork that a quarterback makes immediately after hiking the football. So what does that have to do with tennis and the overhead? The footwork between this football motion and an overhead, is exactly the same. Both athletes need to be able to run backwards efficiently and effectively, and the three step drop is the best way to move.

The three step drop works like this, starting in a “ready position”, upon seeing a lob hit, turn yourself to the side by bringing your right foot back (left foot for left hander’s) into a square stance. From here, there are two different types of steps you can make to move backward: the cross over and/or side shuffle steps. Either step works great as long as you find yourself underneath a lob with your shoulders perpendicular to the net. Once underneath the lob, you’ll be in a perfect position to transfer your weight forward and hit a great overhead.
Here’s a video of pro football player Jay Cutler explaining three step drop. Focus on the footwork and how he moves as his tips on where to hold the football obviously don’t apply to our tennis needs.

Point at the ball

When watching a pro match, every time they go to hit an overhead, their non-dominant hand raises into the air and points towards the ball. This is extremely effective when hitting an overhead because it accomplishes a couple of things. It not only helps you track the ball and when you should ideally swing, but it also helps keep your head up so that you don’t bring your body down and thus hit your overhead in the net. It’s a simple task that should naturally occur on the overhead and will make a huge difference with your shot. Overhead lessons for intermediate players always includes teaching the students about the non-dominant hand.
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