Best Footwork Tip


This video shows a great tip to improve a player’s footwork.

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    January 24, 2020 at 1:12 am · Reply

    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

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 27, 2020 at 2:18 am · Reply


  2. Kyle
    January 23, 2020 at 2:50 pm · Reply

    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.

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 27, 2020 at 2:18 am · Reply

      Hey Kyle, good points you make.. Jorge

  3. Lana
    April 16, 2019 at 6:26 am · Reply

    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?

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 27, 2019 at 1:21 am · Reply

      Lana, that is part of it, but the pros are in general way more fit and busy with their feet.

  4. Dottie Wiencek
    June 17, 2018 at 12:51 am · Reply

    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.

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 20, 2018 at 5:01 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dottie

  5. Maggie
    May 29, 2018 at 3:07 am · Reply

    Just what I was lookinf for to measure the improvement, grrrracias, Jorge!!!

  6. Heather Diegan
    May 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm · Reply

    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!

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 2, 2018 at 3:41 pm · Reply

      Love it Heather!

  7. Sanika
    May 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm · Reply

    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…

  8. Allen White
    May 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm · Reply

    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!

  9. DCP
    March 5, 2018 at 7:47 pm · Reply

    Excellent! Thanks so much. As a PS, I am one of those 60-70 year olds and my footwork number generally ranges around 12😊

  10. Mike
    January 5, 2016 at 4:23 am · Reply

    Love the “sweat” quote!

  11. Paul Lee
    January 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm · Reply

    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!

  12. Pedro Nel Ospina R
    January 3, 2016 at 2:12 am · Reply

    Felicitaciones excelentes vídeos, típs para practicar con mi profesor Att Pedro Nel Ospina R Medellin Coñombia

  13. Don Hemingway from NM
    January 2, 2016 at 6:59 pm · Reply

    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.

  14. Bruce Caton
    September 22, 2015 at 3:49 am · Reply

    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.

  15. Clay Mize
    May 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm · Reply

    Karly is a star. I watch your videos to learn, but having such a beauty is a plus. Way to go Karly.

  16. Champ
    May 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm · Reply

    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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