Effective tennis footwork doesn’t just happen. There are athletes who have more natural movement and co-ordination than others.
Take Lleyton Hewitt for example. I remember asking him one day if he ever did any tennis footwork drills when he was young, he said never.
It just came naturally to him. For most players, during their developmental phases, their footspeed and lower body coordination seem way off.
I cannot count the number of times I have heard a parent or coach say, their kid is slow to react, their footwork is bad and their coordination is out.
They look lazy on the court. Seen or heard that before?
If you are reading this thinking, yep that’s my kid or kids, you are not alone. To briefly explain this, it comes down to a few things;
Bones, muscle tissue, connective tissue, and neural pathways are developing. We cannot expect a half-built race car to fly around the track.
Most young players do not work at high enough intensities to encourage quick coordination...
Most people struggle to improve on a consistent basis, with their tennis and tennis training program. They get to a point where things plateau or even worse tennis injuries occur. Is that you? Maybe you have been there before.
This can be due to a number of factors (coaching, motivation, knowledge, application, attitude). I have found that when some simple questions are asked, players know at least 3 things that they can do better straight away to help them improve instantly.
Finding these 3 things can get players going, boost their motivation and push them forward. They are often simple things (you don’t want to get too complicated). It’s the realization that they can create change instantly, that is enough to shift their thoughts and will get them seeing things differently, and then the motivation kicks in.
Here is run down of how it should work.
1. What are 3 things you could do right now to improve yourself and your tennis? Don’t think to hard, keep it simple...
Roger Federer never looks like he is moving very fast, yet he’s always in the right position. People say he glides on the court. He’s incredibly efficient player. Not everyone has Roger’s sense of anticipation, so tennis footwork drills and strength tennis exercises; are a good way to help develop foot speed, leg strength and increase efficiency around the court.
Try performing these foot speed drills and leg strength tennis exercises, a couple of times a week. You can even incorporate some of these drills before practice or playing. Who knows you might even impress your coach or hitting partner with some dynamic foot work.
With all foot speed drills ensure you’re in a ‘ready stance position’, up on the balls of your feet, heels off the ground and that each step you are light on your feet, the least amount of contact with the ground means faster movement.
Watch this video for tennis exercises to move like Federer