Having a dynamic, confident first step is important if you want to develop fast movement around court. This doesn’t come easy to many players. In fact, it is the area that most players struggle with, even if they don’t realise it.
The way you start your movement dictates how effective you carry out the rest of the movement and the speed you do it at. If I had to choose 3 on court areas to focus on for any player,
I would choose -
Considering the majority of distances, we cover on court fall under 7metres per change of direction, we need rapid acceleration, controlled deceleration and quick response. This is a given.
The simple fact is, if we cannot improve these 3 areas we won’t improve our court movement. Due to the short distances...