Yeah, you make absolute sense and I also feel the more number of steps is an indication of how focussed and keen the player is. I could see this very clearly whenever my son plays his tennis fully focussed he moves faster and reaches more balls with a proper balance and positioning. If his focus levels are down he doesn’t reach all the balls and even if he does the balance missing. Thanks for stressing the importance of footwork
Stride is predicated on the distance you need to cover. Most players stride is too narrow because they play too upright. You’ll want to take less steps but bigger strides out to wide balls. Similarly, you’ll want a big recovery cross over. So I’m not fully in agreement with the approach. The bigger issue is rec players standing too upright and reading the ball late.
Hey Kyle, good points you make.. Jorge
Thank you for making and posting the video. All of you videos are so helpful.
Do pros have more than 12 steps betwent the shots because their opponents move the ball better compared to recreatioal players?
Lana, that is part of it, but the pros are in general way more fit and busy with their feet.
I love the idea of Promise To Myself. I love to watch your videos over and over. Your wife and daughter are beautiful and very much alike.
Just what I was lookinf for to measure the improvement, grrrracias, Jorge!!!
I remember this drill you had in a video quite some time ago! We use this in all our classes ages 8-adult. We have individual students count themselves and sometimes partner up where they count for each other and make it competitive. Love it!
Love it Heather!
Hey Jorge, Sanika here. LOVED the video, really helpful..
I’m sorry to be troubling you sooo much,but could you please send a video talking about footwork drills that u can at home too?
Would really appreciate it if you do…
I remember this tip, Jorge, and I still use it with my clients and my high school players. I’m also conscious of it when I play, but I’m 63 now and playing doubles exclusively, and if I move 6-8 steps between shots, that’s a lot for me! Gotta move around to try to create chaos on the other side, though. Standing still just won’t get it done. Great tip!
Excellent! Thanks so much. As a PS, I am one of those 60-70 year olds and my footwork number generally ranges around 12😊
Love the “sweat” quote!
Another great tip – many thanks Jorge. Using it with my HS students trying out for their team in a few weeks. And Happy New Year to you and yours!
Felicitaciones excelentes vídeos, típs para practicar con mi profesor Att Pedro Nel Ospina R Medellin Coñombia
Nice way to highlight footwork (or lack there of). I think the instructor has to count as the player becomes too distracted. I hope to see you at the PTR Symposium Feb 17-20 this year at Hilton Head Island.
I call a ball hit to the net man that is between an overhead and a forehand volley a “forehead”, and, as you said, treated as a forehand volley.
Karly is a star. I watch your videos to learn, but having such a beauty is a plus. Way to go Karly.
Very good drill. I have seen some good feedback from this drill. I have a tennis group that will be starting their program tomorrow and this will definitely be one of the measuring points. #3P Athletics
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