View Full Version : Stepping into your shot = putting weight on front foot?

08-29-2007, 02:41 PM
I'm confused a bit about what "stepping into" means. Does it mean shifting weight into your front foot?

08-29-2007, 03:45 PM
Yes. You want your weight to be moving forward into the shot. You should be transferring your weight to your front foot a split second before you make contact with the shot. The swing is kind of a follow-through to the step. Step then swing.

08-29-2007, 05:16 PM
You first load your right leg if you are a rightly (opposite for a lefty), and tranfer you weight forward, like if you were in the outfield throwing a ball to home plate.

08-29-2007, 08:21 PM

Find a mirror or a large picture window and observe yourself as you practice your stroke.

Most likely, you will see something like this- when you begin the stroke, most of your weight is on the rearmost foot. As your racket moves foreward, so does your weight. Watch your knees- they begin to sort of ratchet, working in unison, smoothly shifting your center of gravity forward until at the point of impact virtually all of your weight rests on the forward foot- to the point where, if you did not correct and rebalance yourself, you would tip forward.

The same is basically true forehand or backhand.