Footwork patterns

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  1. Mladen

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    Footwork is very important part of a game. I heard many times that good footwork is like a dance: you need to know an egzact footwork patterns for specific shots. Does somebody may describe proper footwork, on any way, for example:

    - short distance onehanded BH: split, L, RL(shuffle), R, hit
    - long distance onehanded BH: split, L, R, L, R, hit
    - insideout forehand: split, L, RL(shuffle), RL(shuffle), hit
    - short distance openstance forehand: ...
    - long distance openstance forehand: ...

    On revolutionarytennis.com you may see great diagrams on footwork, but based on forward stance and linear momentum. I'm interested in open stance and rotation as a power source. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks for this post !
    Soo many players dont consider how important proper footwork and hitting stances mean to advanced tennis.
    A few things to consider in optimizing your footwork :
    Shuffling is only efficient for short distance.
    Man was built to run, not shuffle.
    Best movement is performed on the balls of your feet.
    Light quick steps are best for balance, timing and stroking.
    Look at Federer today and Connors from yesterday for court mvmt.
    Its not just footwork but how you carry your racket and incorporate your windups and followthru's while on the run ...
    This is a topic for a much more detailed report ...
     
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  4. tom-selleck

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    yeah, i think this is an area where there isn't enough material out there.

    during U.S. open during a hewitt match, they mentioned how he's practically doing recovery steps as he hits the ball. i think this is absolutely critical especially at higher levels but nothing i'd thought about specifically.

    would love any content, especially recovery steps.
     
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    footwork is very important, but what is even more important is your positioning to the ball, and you need good footwork to position yourself well.
    for an open stance forehand (if you're right handed), your right leg goes first for balance and then you step in with your left as you're about to hit the ball.
    for inside out forehands you have to remember to to step back with your right foot(if you're righty) and then use an open stance when you're about to hit the ball; remember to go around the ball.
    i believe that a closed stance is better for short balls than an open stance but some people prefer open stance
     
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    I found some links on footwork by searching for "gravity step"+tennis on Google. :) I read the term bandied about on other tennis and badminton instructional forums and wanted to find out what it meant. As far as I can tell, gravity steps can be used to enable faster movement to the ball, and faster recovery as well.

    http://www.darrylcummings.com/darryl's%20writings/tennismoves.htm

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1982
    Even though the original poster has already seen the Revolutionary Tennis sections on footwork, it may still bear some interest for other people viewing this thread.
    http://www.revolutionarytennis.com/step2.html
     
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    This can be done both in front and at the back of the other leg (check Federer on recovery from sides). Some call it then "cross behind."
     
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  8. Marius_Hancu

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    Gravity Step

    I think this should be changed to:

    gravity step: Dropping the foot closest to the ball in order to create the opportunity to step across faster with the other foot.

    Thus if the ball is coming to your left, you drop (when landing from split-step) your left foot under you and cross over quickly (over the left foot) in front with the right foot. The fact that your left foot as well as your gravity center is lower facilitates a faster crossover.

    Those with a subscription at tennisplayer.net should check

    First Two Steps:
    The Key to Quickness
    By Michael Friedman

    which contains a section and a clip on Sampras doing the gravity step.
     
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  9. Mladen

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    Very true. Especially on 'uncomfortable' shots (deep, wide, time pressure...) manuevring the racket in a proper and efficient manner is the crucial.
     
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