Mentality and Physicality
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.
Kyle LaCroix is the Assistant Director of Tennis at The Oaks at Boca Raton. He is also a proud member of the USPTA and is a USPTA Florida Division Tester, responsible for the testing, certification and mentoring of all new teaching professionals. In addition, Kyle is on the USPTA National College Curriculum Committee. He has worked with the ATP and WTA Tours in their professional development programs. He is a graduate of Ferris State University's Professional Tennis Management Program and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has written for USPTA Addvantage Magazine as well as USPTA Florida's Division 'Baselines' Newsletter.
He can be reached through his personal website: kylelacroix.usptapro.com
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