hitting stance - do you move your feet?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by nytennis-74, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. nytennis-74

    nytennis-74 Rookie

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    I took a couple of lessons from a new pro. He told me that as I hit, I should keep my feet on the ground (not move them), finish the stroke and don't move until the ball bounces on his side of the court (like a catapult or a swingset). On my forehand, this does not feel natural as my instinct is to lift and slightly drag my right foot (on the toes) as the weight transfers to the left foot and I complete my swing. Any thoughts? Should I do what he says? I am a 3.5 player serious on moving up. Just want to make sure I am not relearning things incorrectly.
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  2. andrehanderson

    andrehanderson Semi-Pro

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    I don't think it is a strict rule--more something he thinks you need to focus on because perhaps you are losing power or control when you take an unnecessary step. I think ideally you want to have your feet planted throughout the shot, though I dont think you need to the cue of moving once the ball bounces on the other side. Any step that the pros do is probably a necessary movement to position themselves for the immediate return of their shot, but for general groundstrokes at the baseline they are generally firmly planted with both feet.
     
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  3. 86golf

    86golf Semi-Pro

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    For most baseline exchanges, this is true and your pro is right. You want to hit with your weight on your outside foot. And swing around that pivot point. Now if you move into the court, you will be more neutral stance, and whip your whole body around so you can move in behind your approach shot.
     
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  4. nytennis-74

    nytennis-74 Rookie

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    Thanks. As I pivot, is it ok to lift the heel of the right foot?
     
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  5. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    This is definitely correct. The more stable your core is and the better balance you have, the more consistent you'll be able to keep your ground strokes.
     
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  6. nytennis-74

    nytennis-74 Rookie

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    This really tells you a lot about tennis pros. I took lessons with 5 other pros over the past 7 months. He is the first guy who cares enough to have me focus on this. The rest of the guys just told me to "bend my knees" and " "not go back with my body".
     
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