I had my first ever private lesson with a club pro that, tbh I've always wanted to work with. He is a very nice guy, played Davis Cup at some point in his life (about 25 yrs ago) and he is as smooth as it gets, I'm talking about his strokes. But, as we all know, wether a persons is good or not to play has little to do with how good a teacher they are. About me: I'm a self rated 4.5 player (maybe would be a 4.0 rated, according to an american friend who I play against often and IS officially rated), been playing for almost 20 yrs now, I think I have very sound strokes, semiwestern fh, 2hbh (maybe my best stroke), ok serve, ok volleys, sub-par overhead, good slice, good dropshot, good overall touch and feel I'm very unpredictable, and have highs and lows, in my opinion too extreme sometimes, on a bad day I might play HORRIBLY bad, I sometimes dont even recognize e, while on a good day I might feel like a 5.0 or even higher, and feel almost unbeatable. I want to maximize my abilities and make those bad days not as terrible, be more consistent. It frustrates the heck outta me to have those terrible days, and I fall out of matches mentally, when, maybe if I grinded I would win. These are the main reasons I wanna train regularly. Ok, about the lesson: a couple of years ago, maybe last year, I was chatting about tennis with this pro, and he was talking a whole lot about eye dominance and how important it is to recognize it when youre working on your game. Im cross-dominant, right handed, left footed, and turns out my left eye is the dominant one. This is why, he says, my backhand is so good and even better, more consistent, than my fh. It made sense, but at the time I didnt particularly thought it was that big of an issue. Now, yesterday, first thing he did was bring this up again (Im sure he doesnt remember our previous chat), he told me that my fh is so unreliable, im part, because Im left eye dominant, and when I open up with my stance/chest, Im loosing sight of the ball. I know one of the mistakes I tend to make is open up early when hitting a fh, this causes me problems when I wanna go crosscourt, and Ive been working on staying still, closing my stance a bit and not opening up while hitting, while I keep my eye on the ball. Heres the interesting part: he insisted that, when I go for a forehand, based on my left-eye/left foot dominance, I SHOULD split step, step forward diagonally with my right foot, then bring my left foot forward of my right foot (leaving me with a semi open stance, but closing my stance with my shoulders), hit and pivot with my left foot (sounds just about right), bringing my right foot in front, and then return to my initial position making a cross step with my right foot in front and across my left leg, while going back. Okay, I see the point: I tend to go for that same forehand stepping with my left foot first, this would make use an extra step, or half a step to get to the same ball. But apparently I've been doing this forever, and I do this because I step with my left leg first, I start running with my strongest, left leg. I consider that my footwork is one of my strenghts, Ive been playing sports my whole life, I played soccer since I was a little kid, played a lot of basketball during my teens, and was fairly good at both, I do cross step when Im pulled out wide to return to the court, and I never considered this a difficult thing to do. Im very fast with my feet. My point is: I'm 37, I wanna make the BEST out of my strokes, working on repetitions, racquet head speed, tinkering with technical errors I might have, using leg power more, etc etc.... Whats the point on teaching me how to move my feet "correctly"? Im not a big believer on workin on footwork at such high detail (I do believe its necessary for people who have TERRIBLE footwork, who arent very athletic and dont have much sports background), I believe that an ATHLETE (yes, Im considering myself as an athlete) just moves great naturally, I think that, making me move a certain leg at certain times in a certain way just ADDS information to the equation, and maybe even useless information! After hitting hand fed balls, I was rallying crosscout with someone, and it was very hard, just one more thing to think about while trying to hit. Still not sure, of course it was the first lesson, I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt of course, be a good student and listen, and try new things, but I dont know, to me, working on footwork is not that important, or at least in a manner where youre trying to teach yourself what foot to move first and how. Working on footwork, to me, should be about doing speed excercises (step-in/step out...) etc. What do you guys think? Am I being short sighted?