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Tennis Footwork – Tips and Analysis For Tennis Feet Movement

October 9, 2019


– Hi, it’s Jeff Salzenstein,
founder of Tennis Evolution, former top 100 ATP player, and USTA High Performance Coach. And in this video we’re
gonna talk about footwork. We’re gonna watch a point here
and I’m going to break down some transition footwork,
some volley footwork, things that aren’t always
(chuckling) pointed out on TV when you watch the pros play. We’re really getting in
there and I’m really excited to show you this video. We’ve got a player on the opposite side, Mr. Heck, who has been sending me videos and also has his own YouTube channel. I want to thank Heck for
letting me use his material to really show you what
club players are doing and what they can do better
so that it helps you. All right, let’s get
into the video right now. And we’re going to forward it on here. So return his hit and we’re
just gonna play this point out. So the first thing I want you to notice is coming out of the serve, Heck, and I know he’s on the far side, so bear with me here, but he just turns and steps across one time. Now you’ll see Federer on this move. He’ll actually shuffle once and then step. Start to notice Federer’s footwork when you watch him play matches. So he’s able to use rhythm. Now that’s a two-handed backhand, but even Andy Murray shuffles across before he steps sometimes. Now you don’t have to do this, you can step across like Heck does here, but if you’re going to do that, you really need to swing
your back leg around and he doesn’t swing it around enough so isn’t able to get his
weight into the shot. Okay, got Dave on this side. We can’t see him right now. (coughing) Excuse me. So this is the shot that I
want you to pay attention to. He hits a nice forehand inside end that moves Heck to the forehand corner and what I want you to pay
attention to is this right here. This is your short ball. Okay, so he sees that his
opponent is stretched. It’s a short ball. And look what he does,
he really waits here. He waits behind the baseline and look where this ball
lands, and it wasn’t hit hard. He could have easily
taken a bigger first step with his front foot and then, kind of shuffled up to the ball where he’s standing in this position about two to three feet
inside the baseline. Instead he’s behind the baseline, see there’s his shuffle. He could have shuffled
up a little bit sooner. Okay and he could’ve
been another three feet into the baseline and
making contact right there. Now, this is a whole ‘nother issue with the forehand technique. We’re not going to talk
about this today, okay. But he could have been
another two to three feet in and see how the ball is dropping? So this is a ball that he
could have gotten right… There! Look at that. That’s another two to three
feet inside the baseline he could be making contact, taking time away from his opponent. And I see this with club players. Club players are letting
the ball drop too much. Watch how this ball drops. See, it drops a good three to four inches. And when he’s hitting it, notice how he steps through
with this right leg. I see this a lot with club players. This should be a classic lift and land which I have in all of my mastery courses and I have in my
transition footwork course. But you want to push off this front leg and do a lift and land like Roger Federer and not swing the leg around. He hits a great shot, but he’s hitting it from two
to three feet further back. He’s not taking it as early. And he’s not getting enough
of his momentum going forward as he hits the shot to get into volley. So now he hits it. He waits, he waits… then he goes. So an accomplished player
would have been again, another four to five
feet closer to the net. Now, ball is struck here. He’s in the air for the split. So that’s pretty good
timing with the split. You don’t see that a
lot with club players. Great job with the split,
but watch what happens with the backhand volley. This is a low volley, okay? Low volley, a very difficult volley. He actually gets down
for this pretty well. But notice what he does
with his back leg here. You see how he steps through? It’s pretty good again. For a club player, it’s pretty good, but we need to have this step right here. First of all, he could have stepped bigger with his front foot out
to the ball right here. Still pretty good, but this foot needs to step through even bigger. Why? He’ll cover more ground and he’ll be closer to
the net when he’s done. So we need a bigger step through. A lot of people volley right here and they just stop their back leg. Again, Dave does a good
job of stepping through, but he could have stepped
through even more. Okay, and so it was that… So, it’s that two shot combo. The approach shot and the volley, where his footwork could have been, I’d say, 25% more efficient and that’s going to take
his game to another level. Recognizing that ball, taking it early, using the lift and land and then stepping through
more on that backhand volley. Yes, there are skills with his hands that he must improve with his technique and what he does with that
volley and where he aims it. But the footwork is what
we’re focusing on here. So I hope you enjoyed this video. If you liked it, give us a thumbs up. Make sure you’re subscribed to the channel and your notifications
(dinging) are turned on. Now, I’ve got a free gift for you. Footwork myths that
club players are making and other players for that matter. Footwork is very misunderstood. I’m going to give you that free gift. All you have to do is click the link in the description below
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