Perhaps the MOST NEGLECTED part of improving your game is the most important part-- FOOTWORK! No matter how great your dinks, volleys, and groundstrokes, lazy/sluggish/slow/sloppy footwork will frequently result in loss of the point, and ultimately keep you “stuck” at your current skill level.
Making less errors and hitting with power is predicated on your body being in a balanced stance and positioned to hit the ball in your power/comfort zone, which is one foot in front and no farther than one foot to either side.
Use the following for getting your feet moving efficiently.
TIP: Taking a step ‘while’ hitting a shot or ‘stepping across your body’ to play a ball complicates the shot by adding unnecessary motion (of the feet and shoulders). This extra motion requires recovery time and takes you out of position for the next shot.
The following drill is very effective for improving footwork at the 7-foot line:
DRILL: To train your feet for smaller steps; with knees bent, do 30 steps in place in 10 seconds. Then try the same drill with lateral steps, back and forth at the 7 ft. line on the court, or this can also be practiced at home.
TIP: Next time you are on the court, listen to your feet; make sure they are moving at the rate of 3 steps per second during a point. You’ll be amazed at how much quicker you are moving, and how much easier each shot becomes.
THE BEST NEWS OF ALL,active footwork improves physical conditioning and weight loss- you’ll get to shop for a smaller wardrobe!
You have much more time than you think to get to that shot. Moving your feet and refusing to give up on the shot until the ball has bounced a second time will reveal to you that you can get to far more shots than you thought.