Well, there are some senior doubles players who immediately yell, “YOURS!” and cross to the other side! That is sometimes the correct thing to do– if your partner was serving and you are being the aggressive net man.
But let’s say that the ball is yours (or you are playing singles, where EVERY ball is yours). What you do NOT want to do is to start backpedaling with your shoulders square to the net.
If you are going back for an overhead – even one that you will be taking in the air – the teaching pros say you should immediately turn your shoulders perpendicular to the net and side step backwards. When you catch up with it (if you can), the best thing would be then to scissor kick and hit an overhead.
But if you don’t have time for the “right shot,” don’t forget the old “sky hook,” made famous by Jimmy Connors. On those tough-to-reach overheads, Jimbo would hit an overhead with a stiff arm (almost in a grenade-throwing motion). It was economical and effective.
How about you and your overheads? Comment below.
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