Overhead Technique

The first step to becoming a confident net player is making sure the opponent cannot beat you with the easiest shot in their arsenal, the lob. If you are one of those players that panics every time you see a lob coming at you, you are in the right section.

With a little practice, you will start seeing lobs as what they are... a perfect opportunity to win the point.

We recommend you start with our series of overhead lessons below. It includes 6 lessons from footwork all the way through the swing. Alternatively, you can use the filters below to find a specific overhead technique video.

 

Start Here: 6 Expert Overhead Technique Lessons

Overhead – Let Very High Lobs Bounce

As a general rule, you should never let a lob bounce. It is always a lot more effective to fight to hit the ball in the air. However, there is one situation when letting the lob bounce is probably the correct decision and that is when th...

How to Hit an Overhead after the Ball Bounces

The key to hitting a solid overhead after the bounce is to make sure you back up more than needed so that you are moving forward before you hit the overhead. Having to adjust backwards after letting the ball bounce is much harder and le...

Understanding the Scissor Kick Overhead

When forced back to hit a deep lob, the scissor-kick overhead is the best tool. The scissor-kick overhead allows players to hit an aggressive overhead moving backwards. The players jump up using their back leg at the same time as they s...

The ideal Footwork For Shorter Overheads

Getting your body to the ideal position is very important when hitting an overhead. When the players have time, they should use small, quick steps to get under the ball. Ideally, they should get their body into the ideal position early ...

Overhead – The Backhand Overhead

The general tule is to always hit a forehand overhead when you can. However, once in a while the lob will come so quickly that a forehand overhead is not possible. In those cases a player has to be prepared to hit a backhand overhead. Th...

Classic Overhead Front View

A basic overhead moving backwards is part of the standard skills needed to play tennis. The player has to turn and start the backswing as soon as possible and move laterally to get under the ball. The backswing is short as the racquet mo...