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Djokovicfan4life
01-08-2009, 05:28 PM
I've heard this a few times on here, but I don't really have a clue what it means at all. It sounds like a step you take because your body is already leaning in that direction, but I'm probably way off on this one.

What is this technique exactly?

dennis10is
01-08-2009, 05:51 PM
SystemicAnomaly will hopefully show up and explain it.

CoachingMastery
01-08-2009, 06:14 PM
gravity step is where a player who is moving in one direction will bring the leg that is towards that direction in under the body. This bending of the knee and bringing the leg inward causes the body to literally "fall" in the direction the person wants to move. This has been shown to actually be the fastest way to get the body at rest to move in the direction of desire. The other steps are a "jab" step where instead of bringing that same leg in, the person steps out in the direction of desired travel.

The other step is a cross-over step, where the opposite leg steps across the body in the direction of desired travel. (Although, this step usually is used to follow a gravity step.)

Watch in slow motion most pros movement and you will detect the gravity step usually immediately following their split-step.

Nellie
01-08-2009, 09:04 PM
I will give you an example. Let's say you are in a neutral stance (feet pointed at the net) and need to move to get to a wide ball far to your right.

You can:

1) step right first with your left leg, thereby crossing the right leg and causing your body rotate

2). Take a short right step and then doing a crossover step (1).

3) do a gravity step by bringing your right foot back and to the left to turn your shoulders so that your next step with the left is straight and down the line.

Solat
01-09-2009, 05:11 AM
gravity step is where a player who is moving in one direction will bring the leg that is towards that direction in under the body. This bending of the knee and bringing the leg inward causes the body to literally "fall" in the direction the person wants to move. This has been shown to actually be the fastest way to get the body at rest to move in the direction of desire. The other steps are a "jab" step where instead of bringing that same leg in, the person steps out in the direction of desired travel.

The other step is a cross-over step, where the opposite leg steps across the body in the direction of desired travel. (Although, this step usually is used to follow a gravity step.)

Watch in slow motion most pros movement and you will detect the gravity step usually immediately following their split-step.

so do you actively teach this movement? if so can you share how you set it up? cheers

SystemicAnomaly
01-09-2009, 05:37 AM
SystemicAnomaly will hopefully show up and explain it.

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CoachingMastery
01-09-2009, 06:01 AM
so do you actively teach this movement? if so can you share how you set it up? cheers

We teach all the steps for appropriate situations. While the gravity step is somewhat natural in its use, we do involve players in actively using this movement by simply getting them to feel the gravity step followed by the crossover step in various drills.

smoothtennis
01-09-2009, 06:14 AM
I will give you an example. Let's say you are in a neutral stance (feet pointed at the net) and need to move to get to a wide ball far to your right.

You can:

1) step right first with your left leg, thereby crossing the right leg and causing your body rotate

2). Take a short right step and then doing a crossover step (1).

3) do a gravity step by bringing your right foot back and to the left to turn your shoulders so that your next step with the left is straight and down the line.

Number 2 is also what we call the STEP OUT? Confirm?

I use the step out a lot. I just played with these number 2 and 3, and while both work quite well, they seem fundamentally so different. Does this come natural once you actively work on both methods?

CoachingMastery
01-09-2009, 09:11 AM
Number 2 is also what we call the STEP OUT? Confirm?

I use the step out a lot. I just played with these number 2 and 3, and while both work quite well, they seem fundamentally so different. Does this come natural once you actively work on both methods?

Most call it a "Jab" step.

SystemicAnomaly
01-09-2009, 01:01 PM
Below are links to an in-depth discussion of the gravity step in a badminton forum I had initiated in 2001:

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SystemicAnomaly
01-09-2009, 01:14 PM
Rafa employing the a gravity step for a quicker recovery: