The Overhead:
Mentality and Physicality

Kyle LaCroix

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Developing a deadly overhead is more important than ever—at all levels.

The overhead. No shot in tennis produces such a variety of shot outcomes and emotional reactions.

The overhead is the way to show your opponent you mean business - or that your confidence is fragile. Some players love the opportunity to make a statement by putting away a smash. Others freeze with the thought, "Oh no, not an overhead."

I believe that teaching the overhead has never been more important. As players get faster and stronger and counter punching and defensive play becomes routine, the overhead is critical. Yet the mentality of so many players at the club level is that "modern" groundstrokes are the only thing that matters.

The antidote to baseline play is attack, and the overhead is an acid test for an attacking player. I believe in integrating serve and volley at all levels. (Click Here for the summary article Kyle's series.) A great overhead is integral in mastering this attacking game.

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Kyle LaCroix is the Chief Education Officer of SETS Consulting. Specialized Educational Tennis Solutions (SETS) is a coaching and educational service for elite coaches, competitive players and tennis institutions/federations.He provides tactical and technical expertise in the area of professional development, management of career growth and player improvement. He is one of less than 200 USPTA Master Professional in the world, as well as a PTR Certified Professional. He also has receiving his United States Center For Coaching Excellence (USCCE) Certification. He has been a featured speaker at numerous Industry Conferences.

Kyle has experience working with ATP/WTA and NCAA collegiate players at each level of their competitive careers and at every stage of their professional and personal development. He understands the important roles and responsibilities that federations, coaches and players carry with them on a daily basis.

Kyle also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Stanford University.

To find out more please visit setsconsult.org 

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