Why do I miss overheads when standing sideways?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by rob61, May 28, 2004.

  1. rob61

    rob61 Rookie

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    Instructors always told me to stand sideways (classic trophy pose) when hitting overheads. Yet time and again when I do this I completely miss the ball. However, if I stand at a 45 degree angle from the net (as I would when serving) I make the shot. Its just the 90 degree angle that somehow messes me up and I swing and completely miss the ball.

    Should I continue to try to stand at 90 degrees (sideways) and work on that, or just keep hitting with a 45 degree stance where I usually connect with the ball?

    What is it that makes a 90 degree stance so difficult for me?
     
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  2. linli101

    linli101 New User

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    Standing sideway doesn't mean standing 90 degrees to the trajectory of incoming ball. If you are right-handed, it means you should stand to the position that the ball will fall to your right hand side striking zone instead of falling directly to the top of your head.
     
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  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Professional

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    Keep doing 45 degrees it works
     
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  4. Cigo

    Cigo Rookie

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    It's rather common to forget to bend ones knees before an overhead, even a slight(comfortable) knee bend makes it a great deal easier.
     
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  5. ucd_ace

    ucd_ace Semi-Pro

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    Whenever you're completely missing the ball, it's not the stance's fault. Just watch the ball and swing your racquet at it. Eventually you'll start being able to hit the ball.
     
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  6. Nas Eclipse

    Nas Eclipse Rookie

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    point to the ball with your left hand.
     
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