There’s a common mistake that happens when you’re hitting an overhead in tennis and moving backwards – and it’s hitting the ball in the net.
Because you might not play that many overheads in the match, it’s hard to see this pattern.
Perhaps you’re aware that you often miss smashes, but you’re not really seeing the pattern that when you’re moving backwards, you’re hitting into the net.
That’s actually often the case, and here’s why: When you’re moving backwards, you’re going slightly away from the ball.
For our minds, it’s hard to calculate a different timing compared to hitting a smash when you’re standing still or even slightly moving forward.
So, when you’re going slightly away from the ball, you will hit it a split second later.
But that split second means that your racquet will be moving slightly more forward, and it will be at a steeper angle – hence the ball will end up in the net.
The solution is to always aim deep when you’re hitting an overhead and moving backwards.
That will ensure that, even if your mind makes a small mistake in timing and you hit the ball at a slightly steeper angle, it will still end up in court.
At first, you’ll have to be conscious of this. As soon as you realize that you’re moving backwards while hitting a smash, you’ll need to immediately adjust your targeting and aim deep.
But after many repetitions and training sessions, you’ll store this in your mind and you’ll automatically aim deeper when hitting overheads while moving backwards.