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Old 10-11-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by 2ndServe View Post
I'm sure a decent percentage is innate, but to the trained eye what ingredients would make for a fluid easy mover? I weigh 150-155 lbs and should be moving much easier but I don't, I'm a heavy stepper especially considering my lightweight. I could live without being quick but the heavy stepping is taking it's toll on my lower body. Plus the last heavy step into my shot makes my recovery or transition to the next shot a little worse. I noticed people who constantly on their toes and have played soccer are much easier movers, the other factors I don't know.
Soccer players have to be in constant balance all the time, especially on defense.

They have to be able to zig when their oppennent zigs, and zag when their opponent zags. [Basketball players do the same thing on defense.]

Again, the key is constant balance of their upper body over their legs.

If you look closely, all good soccer players and tennis players have the same posture, with their knees slightly bent, slightly bent at the waist, and their legs apart.

This allows their upper body to seemingly float around without bouncing a lot, even as their legs under them are spinning like mad.

Here is a video explaining the athletic posture, how you should look on the court so you can look like a soccer player and the better tennis players:

Athletic Position

Pat Dougherty is not only the Bolletierri Camp "tennis doctor", but also is a great student of the game of tennis, and not just a "serve doctor".

Watch this video, seemingly made just for you, paying close attention to how to stand, split step, and your first acceleration step:

Are you a Tennis Athlete? 3 tests to find out

[Forget the AP belt; its just a training aid and there is nothing magic about it.]

Ian from essential tennis made this series on the split step for everyone like you who is looking to move better. (And yes, every tennis player moves out of a split step, timing the split step to every time their opponent hits the ball.)

Tennis Footwork Split Step Lesson, 1 of 3: Technique

[Follow the links on the same page as the above video to watch lessons 2 and 3. I assure you Ian would not steal you wrong, and provides some real insights into movement out of the split step.]

If you've watched the above videos, you should now have a better appreciation of how the pros and all the better players move.
Here is just one example of a pro, Tommie Haas, practicing - noticing how his split step and recovery is so engrained he NEVER takes it easy, but is in constant motion split stepping, moving and recovering.
07 26 09 Tommy Haas practice AAA

This is the real key for YOU to move like Tommy Haas. Move like him whenever you practice or play ALL THE TIME.
[It is far better to at first take frequent breaks so you can be intense in your movement training when you continue on during your hitting session.]
(We are all human, and at first this will seem hard and over-tiring. But if you keep at it, you will develop the intense satisfaction that YOU are a great mover. It will feel great to really be in great condition, and have others marvel at your quickness and balance!)
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