Different game situations require different solutions and decisions and this is no different when it comes to footwork.
In today's video
we explore the 'even split' (when feet land together) and the movement options from it.View this post on Instagram
Still with the ‘S’ in R.E.S.P.E.C.T today and more on the Split step. From an ‘even’ split I have three options. A ‘shift’, a ‘step out’ (in all directions and often with an opposite force step which I don’t show and will explore tomorrow), and finally a ‘drop step’ when initiating a sprint or when wrong footed. Why don’t you try a few of these today either just shadowing or get a family member to feed u a few balls! @everyballtennis @haltonuk @prov3_halton #hometennis #improveskills #footwork #stayhome #staysafe #everyball #tennis #sport #fitness
So off an 'even split' we can choose to:
1) Shift our weight onto one foot and move (perhaps more often on 'easier' balls in close proximity)
2) Step out in any direction - very often with an 'opposite force' step (not shown today but will explore this tomorrow) - where a more urgent movement is required in any direction
3) Drop step and move (drop a foot under our centre of gravity to initiate a sprint or when we've been wrong footed)
Have a go practicing these at home today, in the kitchen, garden, drive-way - wherever! Either shadows with or without a racket, or grab a family member to feed you a few balls!