footwork solution from "on court with USPTA"

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  1. tonygao

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    hi guys,

    I have watched the preview of some episodes from " on court with USPTA" series, especially the footwork solution part, I think it's just great.

    there are so many episodes and it's kinda expensive, I am just wondering if someone has purchased it and is willing to share with me?

    thanks.
     
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  2. tonygao

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    rarely, one gets zero response to his post. seems happening to me now........
     
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    because there are no free lunches in life.
     
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  4. OTMPut

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    you eventually pay for even food stamps.
     
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  5. scotus

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    You can watch it on the Tennis Channel. No need to purchase the disc.

    Do you have a friend who subscribe to the Tennis Channel?
     
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    I don't know about you but I pay for content.

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    why dont you try to get the bank to share its vault money with you while your at it?
     
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  8. papa

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    Well, depending on what section your in, some areas do have librarys where you can check these out - USPTA sections. Wish ours did but no such luck so we have to buy the stuff for educational upgrades.
     
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  9. tonygao

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    thanks.but I am not in the US.....
     
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  10. SFrazeur

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    Oh, so you wanted someone to commit international piracy.

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  11. Larrysümmers

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    the only thing you need to know about footwork-dont stop moving your feet.
     
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  12. papa

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    Well, thats not exactly true but keeping the feet moving is "generally" a good sign. Some have happy feet and are all over the place but that's another story.
     
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  13. Larrysümmers

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    ^okay if anything, stay on the balls of your feet and keep them moving. watch the ball and move your feet.
    op do you have a teaching pro around? i would invest in a pro for some footwork lessons. teaching and learning footwork, imo, is so much easier in person.
     
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    Larry, what I met by my comment was that certain footwork is instinctive, while other steps/moves need explanation. For instance, moving the foot closest to the ball first and using a crossover type step going back for overheads (certainly many examples). In most instances those have to be taught so its done with maximun effeciency. Another that came to mind because of drills we were running yesterday is to go on a diagonal on a poach rather that shuffle laterarlly which many do instinctively - just those kinds of things but you know what I mean anyway.
     
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  15. Larrysümmers

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    i know what you mean. thats why i suggested a pro lesson. you have to drill good footwork. a cross over, shuffle step, split step, etc. wont do you anygood if you cant perform them correctly. and its just one of those things, much like the serve, that its best to have a coach around to help you out.
    i know, ive spent hours, probably days, running around cones and whatnot.
     
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  16. tonygao

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    hi, I have a specific question. when dealing with deep ball to he fh, I heard from the preview of the video that when hitting, you should keep your front leg in front of your body a bit longer while turning your shoulders to face the net, this can increase stability. I am not curious about handling this particular shot and this tip seems very insightful. but i can't hear the complete part to really understand the point, can you help me?
     
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  18. user92626

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    What do you mean? There's a whole board of free tennis tips and instructions here!
     
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  19. papa

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    This is a very good question and one that confuses lots of players. Most of the time, if we can help it, when going wide we want to hit on the odd step (1,3,5,7) in order to strike the ball in an open (vs closed or neutral stance) stance. We do this for several reasons but the two primary ones are that we can rotate into the ball and we're in a much better recovery position after the hit. It doesn't mean that we should do this at all cost and in some situations you either can't or its advantagous to hit out of a neutral position.

    Another important point is that if the ball travels in front of you prior to the hit, its much easier to send it back to where it came from - basic directionals. So, depending on the situation, if your moving lets say to your right and the ball (more than likely) travels in front of you, your high percentage shot is back to where it came from. If your in a neutral or closed stance, its difficult to do.

    As you know, in a high percentage of forehands (even at the HS level) the back foot ends up being the front foot (being in front of) the original front foot which help us recover quickly.

    If this isn't in enough detail just ask for more.
     
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    And for the most part you get what you pay for.

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  21. tonygao

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    actually I was talking about the body position in the below picture:
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    is the girl doing it correctly? when returning a deep ball to the FH, should we intentionally keep the front leg in front longer?
     
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  22. peoplespeace

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    she does this for balance, if u need ur leg there for balance u bring it there, if u need it less in front or even further so be it. If u imagine her with this position in the air, if not far of from a scissor kick position as a still pic, and what is the purpose of a scissor kick, gererally to have balance and more specifically to avoid that ur torso turns too much and prevents ur from hitting through the ball and instead mishit or send the ball out to the left off the court.
     
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  23. papa

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    The idea here is that the "push" off the plant leg (right in this instance) begins the rotation into the ball. It might look awkward but it really isn't. After she has hit the shot, she is in a much better recovery position plus she has been able to hit through the ball for considerable power.
     
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  24. papa

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    Yeah, balance is of course a key element in tennis. Scissors kicks are normally associated with overheads but the movement has simalarities.
     
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  25. peoplespeace

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    i guess it depends who is associating :) the scissor kick is a very used movement for top players (Tsonge, Federer etc) to hit high deep forehands on the run. U do the scissor kick or in the case of the girl, lifts her left leg out in from for balance in situations where ur momentum prior to hitting or sometimes even while hitting is moving backwards. Her position is not a standard position for someone who was in good balance prior to hitting the ball.
     
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  26. r2473

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    I don't think the series is that good. Certainly not worth paying for (but I DVR them for free off Tennis Channel).

    Nick Bollettieri's instruction series is much better IMO. For footwork as well as strokes (and more).
     
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  27. tonygao

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    hi R2473,

    does Nick have an episode specifically about footwork?
     
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