Hit The Overhead Powefully And Accurately Like Your Serve
The overhead or smash is an offensive weapon you can develop through sheer practice. Just like the serve, when perfected, it's hard to return.
When a lob is hit at you, the first thing to remember is to turn sideways to the flight of the ball and get your racquet in back of you and in the scratching-your-back position. Then hit the ball as you would a serve: up and out, not down.
A couple of things to keep in mind: if you think the ball is going to bounce on the service line or in front of it, take it in the air. If you think it's going to land behind the service line or there is sun or wind, let it bounce.
1. Aim the shot down the center of the court. That way, you hit safely. The shot is already hard enough to try for angles.
2. If you're right-handed, it's best to hit to your right side. If you're left-handed, hit to your left hand side. Why? Because it's physically easier to hit to your natural side.
Practice Tips For The Overhead
A good way to learn hot to hit overhead is to have a friend or a practice partner to hit to you and then run back without a racquet and try to catch the ball in your right hand, keeping your arm in front of you.
Then switch to the racket and hit the ball out in front of you.
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