After hitting regularly with my friend for the past 2 weeks, I've started to zero in on the biggest problems in my game. My friend is considerably better than me and I find myself never getting the chance to hit a solid shot, except on my backhand at times. I've realized that the two biggest reasons for this are: I don't track the ball up until contact I don't move well Problem 1: Eyes The problem is pretty simple to understand. Basically, as the ball is coming towards me... the closer it gets, the less I'm looking at it. By the time it's within 1-2 metres of me, I've lost direct contact and I'm tracking it with my peripherals, or not at all. The reason for this is because I like to keep a focus on my opponent and their movements. This is obviously wrong, and I'm becoming more aware of the problem. I know you should always keep contact on the ball before, during, and after (for at least the follow through)... and when I've tried doing this, I've gotten good results. So, how do I fix this? From what I assume, I should just always keep this in my mind when hitting and make sure that I'm doing it. At least until I break my old habit, and this becomes naturally ingrained in my game. Problem 2: Feet This seems like it will be the harder problem to fix. My movement is basically at where my level is, but that isn't enough. I've neglected it for far too long, and am dedicated to improving it now. There aren't any specific issues, it's pretty much an all-round improvement that is needed. I plan to look over FYB's footwork videos as a starting point, but my question is, how do I really start? Do you start off with simple rallies with slow-moderate balls and just work on footwork? Similar to the FYB videos on Modern Footwork. Then, as you progress, you move on bringing this into normal rallies? The split step is also something that I only do when I'm paying attention, but that fix seems like the same as my eyes. Just make sure I'm doing it, until it becomes second nature. But I would like some clarification on the split step. You want to jump around the time when you're opponent is about to make contact. What should your feet be like before the jump, flat or on the balls of your feet? How big is the jump, or "hop"? And lastly, fitness for footwork. Fitness in general is obviously important, but lets stick focusing on footwork for now. In another thread, I know someone mentioned HIIT, and USTA drills related to that. Looking at these two will be my starting point regarding this. http://www.intervaltraining.net/hiit.html http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/USTA...oc_437_269.pdf I'm not really sure what I'm looking for in terms of replies... any extra insight would be great: More sources of information, clarification, tips on how to proceed with this effectively (obviously it can't be done all at once), etc. As usual, any sort of feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.