The Correct Smash

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the following tip is to show/demonstrate how important it is for a player to get under the ball when hitting overheads.


To help explain we give examples of 2 photos and 2 videos: Incorrect and correct to illustrate the difference.

EXPLANATION OF VIDEOS:
If a player does not move quick enough into position slightly behind and under the ball but not where the arm is at 45 degrees it gets difficult to position correctly and also to reach up tall since the player will not be properly under the ball.

alt


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijt1Lg2dbK0

alt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxQR8q10ntU

Also the left arm will often drop too early from this position causing miss-hits and netting because the head will often follow the arm and drop early pulled down by the weight of the falling left arm.

CONCLUSION: Early recognition of needing to get back for an overhead and quick movement attempting to beat the ball in the air to get into position where you are placed slightly behind and under the ball will ensure consistent and powerful overheads. The hit is similar to the serve, (see SERVE DVD and PRO-DRILLS DVD on overheads)

 

alt
Jul 20, 2015

Managing Progress and Expectation

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
One of the most difficult jobs for a coach is managing expectation. Expecting too little of a player or too much can be equally damaging to a… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

Mental approach to five-set match

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
Read and remember, or even take on court to read: These tips were originally developed as a help for players about to play a Grand Slam or Davis… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

Ego vs Self-esteem

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
David Sammel's theory of ego: "I have the belief that in order to succeed, one should first build up the ego to muster the drive and ambition to… Read more...
alt
Jul 20, 2015

Psychological warfare

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
The art of being able to rock your opponent and sow a seed of doubt is crucial to success in tennis. I call this “finding a way to make a… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

Preparation checklist

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
Preparation checklist. This is a quick list you can go through to see if you are ready to play. 1) Am I in the right mood for playing? Answer… Read more...
alt
Jul 20, 2015

Locker-room power

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
Would it surprise you to learn that many matches, at all levels of the game from the youngest juniors to highest touring pros, are won or lost… Read more...
alt
Jul 20, 2015

Locker-room power: the next step

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
Consolidating locker-room power: I will begin with a brief outline of LRP, which was the subject of a previous article. Locker-room power is the… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

Mental Training

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
Basic Principles If you do not think you need to improve your mental approach, you are already a top 50 player. Success at a high level is… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

The Importance of a Pre Match Routine

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
One of the most striking things when watching juniors play is just how under-prepared a lot are when match time approaches. So often we see… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

Winning Focus

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
Change Your Attitude So you want to win matches, but you do not know how? You must change your attitude to matches right now. The objective is… Read more...
alt
Jul 20, 2015

Becoming Mentally Tougher in Matches

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
This article is designed to help serious players develop a routine in their preparation for matches, so they can improve their consistency of… Read more...
Default Image
Jul 20, 2015

Dealing with Cheating

in Mental Strength by David Sammel
If you feel you are being cheated and you can keep focused and still play good tennis then that is the best solution. Sometimes this is very… Read more...