Gravity Motion – Sloane Stephens

The Secret (as I tried to reveal years ago in my first VHS product – “The Secrets of World Class Footwork – Featuring Stefan Edberg) to moving quickly and easily was the gravity turn – a move where the outside foot nearest the ball UNWEIGHTS as the hips simultaneously turn toward the ball.

  • Edberg used this footwork
  • John McEnroe used (and still uses) this footwork – see below
  • Monica Seles used this footwork
  • Now we clearly see Kei Nishikori use this footwork – see below
  • And for sure Sloane Stephens uses this footwork to move quickly and easily

The gravity turn is counter intuitive – but it is a real move, not used by all players but generally you can see it with players who are QUICK


An old friend, Joe Dinoffer, from OnCourtOffCourt, has a product called the “flex trainer” that you can use on court for often shortening your strides can improve quickness –

If you think this is crazy, no problem – if you are open minded and want more proof I can send you an animation of an inverted pendulum – known as the stick balancer

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  • Bern

    Reply Reply October 17, 2017

    I agree with FedFan…it is just a matter of removing the support leg on the side of the ball and letting the body lean and turn as the outside leg pushes.
    This move you described was also called negative footwork used by players such as Edberg going for shots at net.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply October 24, 2017

      Bern – negative footwork is a good term, a friend John Gruberg also called it a “floating pivot”

  • FedFan

    Reply Reply October 17, 2017

    maybe you’re just exaggerating to show the idea, but I don’t think you have to INTENTIONALLY move the right foot to the left before the body goes to the right. coming down from the split step, if you want to go to the right, then just use only the left foot to support the weight while keeping the right foot in the air (or loosely touches the ground without supporting any body weight). when turning the body from this position, the loose right leg will automatically ‘drops in’.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply October 24, 2017

      FedFan – part of this was a visual demonstration – for certainly if unweighting this dynamic imbalance may occur – but for me to learn it when working with Don Kerr I originally exaggerated the movements

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