That is what Naples friend and teaching pro Rick Barletta heard from Dennis Van Der Meer at his camp several years ago as he told the group about how to hit an overhead so that you make many more than you miss.
The 60 degree Overhead
Van Der Meer’s teaching point was that too many of us swing too hard, pulling our head, body, and ball DOWN into the net. His solution: stop your overhead swing at the 60 degree angle (see Rick demonstrating).
Now, I believe it is not possible to actually stop your swing there; but the concept is to THINK that… and you won’t over-swing. It also reinforces another belief of mine: you win many more overhead points by PLACEMENT not by power.
In addition to other overhead basics (turn sideways, let the short ones bounce, and watch something on the ball), I have been trying this concept and it seems to work.
Any other overhead tips?
If you are not on my “new posting alert email list” and want to be (I promise, no other uses of your email address!), just drop me a note at George@seniortennisandfitness.com