On-Court Movement and Footwork


Tennis is a game of Movement.  The better you move the better you play.  But footwork is much more than moving fast.  Footwork in tennis refers to the ability of the players to move efficiently on the court allowing them to hit more balls in balance and with optimal technique. It definitely includes the ability to run fast, and change directions quickly and powerfully but also the ability to optimally load the body to allow the players to accelerate the racquet head with ideal speed.In this section you will find drills and instruction to help your players optimize their ability to cover the court.
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Shadow Swings with Resistance

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo     A resistance elestic band is an excellent way to overload the muslces while the player performs his/her normal movement pattern. In ...

Working on Recovering Efficiently

Stopping your momentum and recovering in one fluid efficient movement pattern is one of the most important skills for a tennis player. The goal is to move efficiently without wasting steps. In this video you will understand the theory an...

Understanding the Split Step

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Tennis is a game of constant starting, stopping and changes of direction. In order to change directions quickly and effectively you need...

Recover with a Sense of Urgency

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Recovering towards the middle of the court effectively after each shot can make a huge difference on your ability to cover the court. Us...

Use The open Stance on Wide Balls

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo In terms of footwork, an open stance is more efficient when moving to wide balls because it allows the player to return towards the midd...

Move Diagonally Towards the Ball

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Moving diagonally towards the ball is much more efficient than moving parallel to the baseline. Not only will you have shorter running d...

Recovery

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo A common mistake on the court is to fail to recover immediately after hitting the shot. The following drill will emphasize just that.Thi...

Improving your First Step

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo A quick first step is essential for an effective footwork. The following progression will show you how to work on exploding out of the s...

Working on the Split Step

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Here is a good progression to work on the split step, starting with throwing and catching and then incorporating the racquet.This post i...

Experiencing the Movement Cycle

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo The best way to get the feel for the movement cycle is to shadow moving in different directions. Here is an example of a shadowing drill...

Coordination – Sliding

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Here, we have combined a sprint to the outside with a slide in the open stance. The players can first develop a feel for sliding, stopping, pushing off and doing the cross-over step, before they later implement this on court. The coach h...

The Movement Cycle

If one compares tennis now a day with the game 20 years ago, one will discover many changes in the athleticism of the players, and this is clearly reflected on footwork. Let’s take a look at the basic components of effective footwork: ...

How to Slide on Clay

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Sliding on clay is one of the most important skills to improve your movement on that surface. Here are a few concepts that will help you...

Just Move!

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Tennis is a game of movement. The better you move the better you play and great movement requires quick reaction. On court you have to b...

Always Start Fast then Slow Down

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo The key to hitting your shots in balance is to get to the ball with enough time to set up before you hit. If you are rushed as you are h...

Stop your Momentum for Better Movement

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Avoiding extra lateral steps when running for wide balls will make a huge difference on your ability to cover the court. Rotating the hi...