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C3L5: Power Overheads and Serves

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Here is how you hit power over heads and never miss them. From either side right handed or left handed. Because there is a certain geometry like in very thing else, guess what its the same geometry. In the over head as in all the other strokes. So first things first, line up your 45 take a look at the tip of the racket head to the elbow in the right hand. You can see thats lined up perfectly to the 45 degree angle. Thats where Warren is going to stretch up into and do this sign curve. See he is nice and coiled there both hands are mirroring off that 45. His hips are just about now sliding forward, see that you can see his left hip rising as it comes around the corner. Now he went from concave to convex right there. Thats were you see the back scratcher position they say. It is something that evolves from this movement. Then when he makes contact he lays up flat on that 45 degree plane for a second as his hand quote un quote pronates. You always hear about things like pronation but to tell someone to pronate is not the easiest thing in the world. You use this 45 to understand how you climb up the ball. See that you coil and as his hips come around he lays open into the swing. So its just like every other stroke no difference. Lets take a look at Steve he is using an 8 board to hit the overheads, which is another great way to learn. Watch here is slow motion, his hips turn first, arms are in front of him, he is facing the 45 now. Now his hips come around, his arm opens up and goes convex and he lays into the ball. So lets take a look here in some stop action. Start here with the coil, see how Steven's right arm is coiled up against the bump there in the first part of the sign curve on the white sign curve. Now his hand comes through see this is the mobius strip right here as Stevens hips come around and they are facing the 45 degree angle its right where things transition, from concave to right there you can see convex. See how from the racket head to the shoulder its gone very convex to the 45 degree angle. Thats were he lays flat into the hit or somewhat flat into the hit. So thats really how to understand the over head and how to teach the over head. Let people understand how they can use the same geometry that they use for the fore hand and in the serve. Exact same geometry for the over heads. Lets give you one last view here of Warren from the back. A wider angle, so here Warren first things first he lines up the 45. You can see his feet it looks like he is standing on an 8 board, right there at the 45. Now he lines it up with his two hands, his hips have come all the way back, even though he is moving backwards he is going to have to jump now his hips come forward and around. He lays flat up against the hit. You can see this geometry really applies to every shot. He is a hot dog, watch this left handed one. Same thing hips come around look how he's holding the 45. He is concave until right there his hips come forward forcing his arm to go convex. Lays flat up against a great over head there. Great practice, as with every stroke, lefty and righty. So start applying this sign curve to your over heads and your students over heads and get back to me you will see some great results.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 53 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jack Broudy
Director: Jack Broudy
Views: 83
Posted by: jackbroudy on Jan 7, 2014

Geometry of the serve and overhead.

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