I'm watching the most excellent 8 hour Ken Burns documentary about Muhammad Ali. After his 3 year ban, he lost his footwork. Lost his entire edge. Went from a 25 year old nimble butterfly who could dodge any punch, to a flat footed basher at age 28, and already past his prime, out of shape. Point is, even by age 28, it may be too late for adults to be light on their feet. Even pro boxers lose their footwork endurance cardio by age 28. This may be why almost no rec adult player learns to split step as habit. Just too tiring for regular people. They do it for the first few balls, and then stop and return to flat footed comfort.
Muhammad Ali brings to life the iconic heavyweight boxing champion who became an inspiration to people everywhere. All episodes now streaming.