Had a doubles clinic yesterday. Three players (ages 57, 48 and 48 ). We played actual games for about 90 minutes of a 2-hour class (unusual for us, as we usually spend the time drilling and then play games for just 20 minutes or not at all). As usual, pro kept begging us to move our feet, do our split-step, move closer to the ball rather than reach, step into our volleys. As usual, we did the best we could. We are making progress, especially given how difficult our mission is: S&V on every point and follow every return to net. Afterward, we students were licking our wounds and lamenting how badly we play once we are out of a drill situation and are playing doubles. Pro directed our attention to players on another court, which was across the aisle from us and separated by an opaque curtain. The curtain had a cut-out at the bottom, so all we could see were the ankles and feet of the two doubles player nearest us. (They must have been playing two back or doing a drill because we could see two sets of feet). He told us to just watch for a minute. Sure enough, there was no footwork going on. You saw no splitstep from either of them. If one started moving her feet to play the ball, the other stood flat-footed and completely still, staying that way until the ball happened to come to her. Then he pointed to two younger women who were rallying two courts away, asking us to watch the one who had better footwork. She never stopped moving if the ball was in play. She began to recover as soon as she hit her shot rather than admiring it. She split when her opponent was about to hit, but her split was so imperceptible that I initially thought she wasn't doing one. In short, she was doing things correctly. Then the pro asked us why we move like the first set of feet instead of the second. One of the students asked, "Aren't there drills and stuff that people do to get better footwork?" He said yes. And he kind of paused and said, "Do you guys want to do that?" Me, I didn't say anything. 'Cause I'm not sure. Honestly, if you make me sidestep through a ladder, I just might fall and break something. I think the pro hasn't proposed such drills with us in the past because most ladies who take clinics want to hit a lot of balls -- period. Also, I suspect he believes the problem isn't a lack of ability, and he may be right. We all *could* do a split step and *could* recover quickly, but I think he believes that we are simply being lazy and choosing not to do these things. He might well be right. Those of you who teach: Do you ever run pure footwork/agility drills for students who are 50-ish? Is that the best way to improve the footwork of a group of older women? Is our lack of footwork in doubles play mostly just laziness?