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W Cats
11-03-2009, 08:14 PM
What is the most efficient footwork pattern to use when running around a backhand to hit a forehand, from the split step onward in the following 2 scenarios (right handed player).

1, Return of serve (second serve).

2, Backhand crosscourt exchange on ad court.

split-step
11-03-2009, 08:41 PM
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_CuXqNBr2c

Nellie
11-03-2009, 09:11 PM
The proper footwork is to turn sideways and to backpedal (along the baseline while staying sideways) The movement should be explosive so that you can get to the desired location early and have time to line up the shot with little steps.

If you run sideways and then turn to prepare for the shot, you will be out of balance and struggle.

xFullCourtTenniSx
11-04-2009, 12:28 AM
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_CuXqNBr2c

Looks like sidestep into a backpedal. Thought it was unit turn then backpedal. But not that I think about it, that's what I generally do too. It feels more natural, though we are taught to do unit turn then backpedal. I guess as your need to do it faster arises, you combine both into one and it becomes a sidestep into the backpedal (doing a unit turn while you sidestep), then boom.

The proper footwork is to turn sideways and to backpedal (along the baseline while staying sideways) The movement should be explosive so that you can get to the desired location early and have time to line up the shot with little steps.

If you run sideways and then turn to prepare for the shot, you will be out of balance and struggle.

Yeah, that's what I thought too. You do your unit turn asap as usual, then backpedal. Then I saw the video above and looked at the footwork more closely. :shock:

For the service return, you have to be at least 2 steps into your backhand side before they even make contact. You have to be well into the doubles ally before they make contact, and maybe even outside it when the ball is crossing the net.

W Cats
11-04-2009, 07:42 AM
Interesting video link. It appears to my eyes that he side steps to roughly his desired location then does his unit turn with adjustment steps and a majority of times actually hits off of his front foot unless he has ample time to set-up. Am I seeing this last part correctly about hitting "off his front foot"?

rk_sports
11-04-2009, 11:27 AM
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_CuXqNBr2c

LOL!! On a separate note. the most hilarious/crazy commentary I've heard.. from Mary I think .. @ 2:10

Djokovicfan4life
11-04-2009, 11:45 AM
LOL!! On a separate note. the most hilarious/crazy commentary I've heard.. from Mary I think .. @ 2:10

Ahahaha, tweety bird offense! An instant classic.

Her badminton rant cannot be topped though.