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chuvack
Mar 30th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Yesterday when Jankovic tried to put up a lob over Petkovic's backhand side, Andrea whacked a lefty overhead winner into the open court. It made me wonder why more players don't develop this shot, which would seem to be an effective weapon. Admittedly, if you have a great backhand overhead like Henin you don't need a lefty smash, but very few WTA players actually have that shot in her repetoire.

Bingain
Mar 30th, 2011, 01:26 PM
Heck, how many WTA players have a decent (forehand) overhead?

WTAtennisfan15
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Masha has that shot in her repertoire.
She has won many points with her lefty shots.

Super Dave
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Because there is only one Petkorazzi :cool:

Patrick345
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Heck, how many WTA players have a decent (forehand) overhead?

This.

volta
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Venus does :hearts:

darrinbaker00
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Masha has that shot in her repertoire.
She has won many points with her lefty shots.

Are you kidding? Sharapova can't even spell overhead, much less hit one.

miffedmax
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:14 PM
Because most of the them are right-handed.

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:25 PM
What are you talking about....?
do you play tennis? Do you know how awkward and ridiculous a left-handed overhead would be?

The appropriate play is to try a backhand smash or wait for the bounce and try to put away the backhand. Or just reposition yourself for a forehand overhead.

chuvack
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Because most of the them are right-handed.


Well then, aren't we feeling extra smart-assey and clever today?

Shinjiro
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:49 PM
Because there is only one Petkorazzi :cool:
The answer to so many questions. :cool:

This.
Henin used to, from anywhere on the court.

Dominic
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:52 PM
Hem because players are mostly right-handed.

LightWarrior
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:54 PM
Are you kidding? Sharapova can't even spell overhead, much less hit one.

Yeah Sharapova doesn't hit overheads anymore, even obvious ones close to the net. It looks so bizarre but I suppose it's because of her shoulder.

rockstar
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:54 PM
video please. it sounds ridiculous, most girls could barely hit a good right-handed overhead, let alone a left-handed one

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:02 PM
video please. it sounds ridiculous, most girls could barely hit a good right-handed overhead, let alone a left-handed one

I saw it. It was a quick one after JJ tried to lob her (more like a block-looking smash with the left hand).

miffedmax
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:18 PM
Well then, aren't we feeling extra smart-assey and clever today?

What are you talking about....?
do you play tennis? Do you know how awkward and ridiculous a left-handed overhead would be?

The appropriate play is to try a backhand smash or wait for the bounce and try to put away the backhand. Or just reposition yourself for a forehand overhead.

Hem because players are mostly right-handed.

video please. it sounds ridiculous, most girls could barely hit a good right-handed overhead, let alone a left-handed one

Apparently I'm not the only one. Most players hit shots with their dominant hand... because it's their dominant hand.

Players like TOB and Petko are the exception, not the rule.

darrinbaker00
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:27 PM
Yeah Sharapova doesn't hit overheads anymore, even obvious ones close to the net. It looks so bizarre but I suppose it's because of her shoulder.

She didn't hit overheads before her injury. She just plain can't do it, which makes no sense to me whatsoever.

danieln1
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Martina Hingis did an amazing left-handed overhead against Shuai Peng in the US Open 2006 1st round, they showed yesterday on TV!

n1_and_uh_noone
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Yeah Sharapova doesn't hit overheads anymore, even obvious ones close to the net. It looks so bizarre but I suppose it's because of her shoulder.

And I always wonder why... Its not like the overhead motion is different from a serve. In fact, there is more court to hit into, you can sacrifice pace for placement, choose whether to hit it before or after bouncing, and not have to worry about tossing the ball :lol:. And the theory supposedly is that it is the take-back motion that places stress on the shoulder (hence the abbreviated one etc.), which is not necessary on an overhead.

It is all mental.

Vikapower
Mar 30th, 2011, 05:59 PM
^^ You dudes say anything, Maria prefers swinging volleys this is her signature shot in the forth-court and this has nothing to do with shoulder [...]

The Witch-king
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:04 PM
Masha has that shot in her repertoire.
She has won many points with her lefty shots.

http://thepqnation.com/livingwicked/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/polar-bear-face-palm_thumbnail.jpg

mmm no.

GoofyDuck
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:23 PM
Because most people are right-handed.

gc-spurs
Mar 30th, 2011, 09:26 PM
pfffft, overhead smashes. Just swinging volley that shit!! :devil:

Speaking of, Maria actually managed to put a ball away with an overhead in that last match. You just have to give her 3.5hrs and she'll manage to do one.

Veesus
Mar 30th, 2011, 11:06 PM
Isn't she left handed? :o And, if so, shouldn't we expect her to be able to hit an overhead smash with her left hand? Call me up when she starts hitting over-head smashes with her right hand.

young_gunner913
Mar 30th, 2011, 11:09 PM
pfffft, overhead smashes. Just swinging volley that shit!! :devil:

Speaking of, Maria actually managed to put a ball away with an overhead in that last match. You just have to give her 3.5hrs and she'll manage to do one.

That shot is becoming one of the deaths of women's tennis.

Craig.
Mar 30th, 2011, 11:13 PM
She didn't hit overheads before her injury. She just plain can't do it, which makes no sense to me whatsoever.

I don't think it's cause she CAN'T, she just doesn't want to/seems more comfortable hitting a swinging volley :shrug:

austennis
Mar 30th, 2011, 11:22 PM
Hmm if u can do it then its great...if ur not confident then it could seriously backfire

Personally, im a lefty but often use my right hand for volleys or drive volleys.

DefyingGravity
Mar 30th, 2011, 11:26 PM
I think Evgenia Koulikovskaya (sp?) could do one. She was completely ambidextrous from what I saw in the Columbus challenger in 2001. I think she even served both hands.

chuvack
Apr 1st, 2011, 01:53 PM
I think Evgenia Koulikovskaya (sp?) could do one. She was completely ambidextrous from what I saw in the Columbus challenger in 2001. I think she even served both hands.


A fun player and actually a friend of mine, though I haven't met her in probably 8 or 9 years, since before she was married (to Misha Youzhniy's twin brother Andrey). Yevgeniya is quite a little girl but she could pop her left-handed serve at 120 mph! She was left-handed, but for some reason she had learned to play tennis by switching to a right-handed forehand, holding the raquet far up the grip, instead of a lefty backhand. It was quite amazing to watch this, but in the end, I think she couldn't make the switch fast enough, and with a conventional backhand she might have become a better player.

btw, LOL to all the clowns that came into this thread and said right-handed players can't learn a left-handed overhead (or vice versa). Many players could learn the shot if they were coached to learn it. Maybe there is some strategic reason why it is not used.

Mightymirza
Apr 1st, 2011, 01:54 PM
a BH smash will be more reliable than left handed FH smash :lol: But again most WTA can barely hit FH smashes with their right hand :lol:

miffedmax
Apr 1st, 2011, 02:11 PM
A fun player and actually a friend of mine, though I haven't met her in probably 8 or 9 years, since before she was married (to Misha Youzhniy's twin brother Andrey). Yevgeniya is quite a little girl but she could pop her left-handed serve at 120 mph! She was left-handed, but for some reason she had learned to play tennis by switching to a right-handed forehand, holding the raquet far up the grip, instead of a lefty backhand. It was quite amazing to watch this, but in the end, I think she couldn't make the switch fast enough, and with a conventional backhand she might have become a better player.

btw, LOL to all the clowns that came into this thread and said right-handed players can't learn a left-handed overhead (or vice versa). Many players could learn the shot if they were coached to learn it. Maybe there is some strategic reason why it is not used.

Yeah. The strategic reason would be that while handed dominance varies from person to person, for the majority of players it makes no sense waste time trying to develop a shot they'll rarely use and even more rarely make with their less dominant hand. It really is that simple.

By your logic, why does a player ever hit a backhand?