Using smaller steps

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by 0.2RatedPlayer, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. 0.2RatedPlayer

    0.2RatedPlayer Rookie

    Feb 10, 2005
    What is the best way to incorporate smaller steps for footwork? For balls that are only a few feet away from me, I feel that my steps are too big and I end up jamming myself even if I use my opposite arm as a spacer. The problem might be a lack of ball awareness, but I would think its a footwork issue as well.
  2. Thomas Bird-Itch

    Thomas Bird-Itch Semi-Pro

    Feb 27, 2007
    Possibly, you're late preparing for the shot to begin with, so you rush to the ball and overrun it. Get your racquet back early, get your body near where the ball will be, and step CLOSER as you adjust. It's better to move toward the ball than move back away. Also, keep your weight on the balls of your feet to keep yourself balanced. If your heels are on the ground, it's harder to make those small adjustment steps.
  3. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    The normal progression of events goes something like this.

    You WATCH the ball fron the moment you hit it angd fo;;ow it as it travels across the net. You have chosen to hit exactly that shot and you already know what the probable return options might be.

    Knowing that, you position yourself quickly (larger steps) for the most probable return.

    You meanwhile, watch the ball leave the opponent's racket and begin adjusting so that you are poised in the best position to hit the ball cleanly and powerfully (make these adjustments with tiny, mincing steps).

    Strike the ball with a specific placement in mind and repeat the above steps.
  4. Voltron

    Voltron Hall of Fame

    Sep 18, 2006
    Pffft, like I'd know
    In practice, count your steps between shots, it should be at least 10 steps.

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