So I'm a relatively new player and I have a question... I'm not into the whole ranking thing yet, but I can hit the ball pretty well considering I've only been playing about 2 times a week for the past 6 months. I can hit back 50+ shots in a row against the wall or ball machine without missing, forehand and backhand, etc. etc. The problem starts when I try to rally with a few of my friends who are about equal in skill (or lack thereof!) as me. We just can't seem to rally as long as I would expect, even if we are both just trying to keep the ball in play. Bottom line is that after a few shots back and forth one of us is usually out of position and misses a relatively easy shot. I think it boils down to the fact that neither of us is good enough to hit the ball back consistent enough for the other person. When I watch good players rally they hit with pretty consistent pace and depth. We can't really do that yet. As soon as one of us returns a ball with anything other than ideal "rally" pace or depth, the other guy has to start moving a lot, hitting on the run, etc. and it usually goes downhill from there. On the other hand like I said I can hit back 50+ shots in a row off a ball machine pretty consistently. Same thing if I hit with a really good player or teaching pro. If I don't have to hit on the run and constantly move forward and backwards I can hit it back consistently. Is this strictly a footwork issue on both sides? I assume this has got to be normal when 2 newbies are trying to rally right? Is it doing more harm than good hitting with someone like this? Should I focus 100% on taking lessons, rallying with better players and working on my footwork?