Split step which way your toes and foot be pointing?

2ndServe

Professional
Should they point straight ahead, or should they point slightly outwards. It seems you could get a better push if they point slightly outwards?
 
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1HBH-DownTheLine

Guest
as long as your split stepping and timing it right then that's the most important thing. i doubt too many player's feet will point directly at the net but rather at a 45 degree angle outwards. at least that's what mine do but i've been told i walk funny so take that for what it's worth lmao.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Don't believe that it matters all that much whether the feet land pointing at the net or point somewhat outward. Not really sure if they land with a 45 degree angle (outward) unless you have taken a lot of ballet or have a natural (duck foot) turnout. By landing straight or at a moderate angle, it might be somewhat easier to push off the inside (instep side) of one foot to take a step with the other foot (after landing the split step).

 
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I've never thought about it. I suppose my toes are pointing in parallel towards the player hitting the ball. Whether they are pointed inward or outward is probably a function of how you walk.
 

snvplayer

Hall of Fame
Most likely forward and maybe slightly outward. But, this can depend on your anatomy and other issues (tilted hip, hip - knee - ankle alignment, etc, unusually tight leg muscle, etc).
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Should they point straight ahead, or should they point slightly outwards. It seems you could get a better push if they point slightly outwards?
If your left foot is on the left side (same with right) of the middle service line you want them pointed straight. The more you move right, the more you can point left since you dont have to defend the right side as much.

Its all based on your position and where you think they are going with their shot.

Footwork is pretty natural, i dont understand people working on it. Just try harder when you play. Not towards you, just people who do footwork drills, popped in my head for some reason :)
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Don't worry about pointing your toes any more than you would walking or running, unless you're naturally pigeon-toed. Your feet come pre-lined-up and ready to point in a direction that more or less coincides with the direction of the flexion of your knees. That's what you want.
 

dlam

Semi-Pro
Don't believe that it matters all that much whether the feet land pointing at the net or point somewhat outward. Not really sure if they land with a 45 degree angle (outward) unless you have taken a lot of ballet or have a natural (duck foot) turnout. By landing straight or at a moderate angle, it might be somewhat easier to push off the inside (instep side) of one foot to take a step with the other foot (after landing the split step).

Interesting video
I generally like higher jump leaving the ground of my tippy toes when I'm at the BL and as I get closer to the net I like to feel like I'm hopping on my heels
 

GuyClinch

Legend
I have heard that they point towards the direction the ball is - if you figure that out in mid-air. :p I can't really verify that though. I wouldn't worry about it much.
 
It's about 5°out (I really don't know ;-)), but it's the step after which is almost equally important. You need to split to get tension on the legs and the step after , you need to point the foot to where the ball is going. So hip movement is also needed.
But for the split, don't worry on how your feet are standing : focus on the right timing.
 
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