Crossover step

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  1. Znak

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    I'm trying to better my footwork and recently to incorporate more crossover step into my game, but I'm getting conflicting messages from different sources. Right now the most common time I'll use it is on my approach shot. But I want to start using it more on my baseline attack. When's the right time to shuffle/ crossover/ run along the baseline? And to confirm, crossover step lets you cover more ground correct? Because I had a friend that was telling me you use it is for smaller movements? Do you have any good drills or scenarios to practice this out?

    Thanks as always.
     
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  2. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    BTW: when you wrote you use the crossover on your approach, are you sure you didn't mean cross-behind? I occasionally do a cross-behind with my slice BH. But not a cross-over/forward.

    I would generalize it to:
    - short distance, use shuffle
    - medium distance, use crossover
    - large distance, run

    Check out this great video:

     
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  3. Znak

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    Yes! I did mean that, apologies.

    Aha, okay that's what I thought. Thanks for the video I'll hopefully get some of that in my training!
     
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    On that vid, by the way, are the elements, that differentiate a player from a cottage goon thinking of being a player.

    The movement shows, if you have understood the requirements of the game and making shots from different parts of the court relative to your initial positioning.

    The different steps and shuffles lets you maintain good posture and readyness to swing the racket and make good shots. Stomping around will only allow hitting the ball.


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  5. Znak

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    So watching more vids, would you say the crossover is more a recovery step after you've hit or is it used to get out to the ball as well?
     
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  6. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    I think it's an "and" rather than an "or".

    It also depends on how far you have to move.
     
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  7. nytennisaddict

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    drills,.. have your friend hand feed you balls of varying distance from the center hash.. where you have to recover back to the center hash...
    you should experiment with the various footwork patterns to see when/where you should use each.
    it's gonna vary for every person, obviously, because everyone's speed, and stride are different.
     
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    As a righty, if I'm running around backhand to hit a forehand I usually do the karaoke step (same as crossover I think?). I dunno... It's not even necessarily something I think about. But my right foot comes behind my left one, then left foot steps over. It's faster and feels more natural than moving with the left foot first.
     
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