Originally Posted by 5263
....but in this context-
"As a beginner
you can learn the basic stroke just standing there facing the net with someone feeding you an easy ball. Gradually the body will adjust by itself.
Eventually, learning to lose your balance develops speed around the court.
There is no need to consciously teach “footwork”."
That makes a big difference to me.
One of my earlier coaches taught me to step out always with the outside foot. So on a fh always the right foot first. Then its either shuffle or cross over step depending on the distance needed to end up hitting open stance. I found I can cover the whole right side within 3 steps this way. Is this still the current thinking?
I do this on both sides of the court.
His thinking was 1 big step with the outside foot and your halfway to the singles line. Another 2 and your beyond the doubles alley.