Tennis Drill Demonstration

Description

The player stands at quite a distance from the wall and hits only overhead forehand smashes against the wall. The player should aim to make the ball bounce as close to the wall as possible. This will help the ball bounce high ready for the next shot, with the player doing the same thing continuously.

Coaching points

The overhead is one of the least practiced shots in tennis. Hitting successful overheads requires good position, high point of contact and wrist action to bring the ball into the court. “Snap the wrist” is the most commonly used phrase to teach players how to finish the smash. In this exercise, the player works on consistency and on wrist action by making the ball bounce as close to the wall as possible.

Progression

More advanced players can vary the pace of the overhead to create shorter and deeper lobs.

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