Footwork + Reaction Time

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by blitzmage_89, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. blitzmage_89

    blitzmage_89 Rookie

    Jul 29, 2007
    I noticed how the two are very much related with each other. When you have better reaction time , you have more time to get to the ball. Do you guys know any drills (outside the tennis court) for footwork? We have a halfcourt-size penthouse.
  2. Undrayon

    Undrayon New User

    May 10, 2007
    Do I know any non-tennis court footspeed drills? Of course!

    1. Jump rope (look up different rope drills online)
    2. (my personal favorite) Ladder drills. Go to your local athletic store and ask them for an athletic ladder. I'm not sure of the exact name. It's a rope ladder that lays on the ground.

    The purpose of the ladder is that there are tons of different drills you can do such as starting at one end of the ladder and simply running to the other end while putting both feet into each square.

    Heck, you could even use spraypaint to make your own ladder on the ground but I prefer rope as when you screw up you know it.

    If you're interested I can type up a pretty fair list of rope ladder drills for you.
  3. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    If you have a penthouse, then you have stairs. Use them. Run up, skipping every other stair. Use every stair, but go from the far right of one to the far left of the next. Invent other patterns that mimic tennis-type steps.
  4. VaBeachTennis

    VaBeachTennis Semi-Pro

    Dec 9, 2006
    Sunny Va Beach
  5. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    Most folks with poor footwork have perfectly fine footspeed. What they are missing is the motivation to move their feet to get into perfect position. They are usually good enough, stroke-wise to get the ball over the net with imperfect position, so they get lazy and reach over to the ball because they can. Once I got the idea through my head that it is worth all of the effort to get into perfect position, then the rest (hitting the ball) is very easy. That is a majority of the way the Pros "make it look easy" is because it actually is pretty easy to hit strokes when you are in perfect position.
  6. RedWeb

    RedWeb Semi-Pro

    Aug 8, 2006
    Footwork is one of my biggest issues. I'm in good shape and don't think I'm lazy but it seems I have to constantly reinforce to myself that I have to move my feet and if i don't then I sink back into bad habits. It is definitely more challenging to move your feet that extra bit than it is to make adjustments in your arms and shoulders but its worth it.
  7. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    I didn't mean the word "lazy" in the conventional sense, but more in the sense that since you can get the ball over the net without making microadjustments, many folks will just not put in the effort to make it perfect.
  8. babar

    babar Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    One issue that plagued me for years was that my footwork would mirror the speed of the ball. The faster the rally, the better my footwork; the slower the rally, the more lazy my footwork. I spent a lot of last year just trying to make myself move my feet regardless of the speed of the ball and it has made me a more aggressive player and helped me to become a better attacking player up to net.

    I saw a pattern of losing to players who hit slower or pushed the ball, but I would hold my own against players who hit-out more. My wife made the observation that I was being lazy with my feet and waiting for the ball too much against these slower/pusher type players. she video-taped me over the course of a couple of weeks and after watching the tape, I noticed that she was correct.

    Anyway, it might just be a case of having to train yourself to move more aggressively and with more purpose instead ofyour feet just reacting to the ball.

    Good Luck!
  9. WBF

    WBF Hall of Fame

    Jul 18, 2007
    Somewhere in NY
    babar: I had that exact problem.

    I've been hitting with a newbie nearly every day for a bit over a year now, and doing so has helped immensely.

    Still to out of shape to use the footwork I'm capable of throughout a match though
  10. Mowgli

    Mowgli New User

    Aug 23, 2007
    Santa Clara, CA
    Soccer is good for footwork. It is not a coincidence that Federer
    played soccer. There was also a recent video from US Open showing
    Nadal doing some amazing foot-juggling with a tennis ball. Alpine and
    cross-country skiing may also be beneficial for good footwork,
    balance and coordination.
  11. BeHappy

    BeHappy Hall of Fame

    Aug 24, 2007
  12. bluestreak711

    bluestreak711 Rookie

    Mar 15, 2007
    North Carolina
    i do drills that were made to do on the court but the truth is you can do them anywhere

    i like suicides

    when you remember where the lines would be you can do them on any flat surface

    you can do it in your front yard just rember where the lines would be

    or running and kicking with a soccer ball or compete for fun in a soccer game if you ever have friends over
    that helps footwork

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