- ETI 016 Positioning for the Hit - Moving in Twos
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Take your time with this one. As regards movement, balance, and dance steps to the ball, nearly all of this material comes from my work with Tom Stow.
And I believe that the following lesson directly addresses the following comments, made after a first round loss at Roland Garros, “My first step is so bad on this stuff, I feel like I am always shuffling or hopping or not stopping or something.” Read on!
Hopefully you have seen and worked through the podcast entitled Weighting and Waiting.
And as a subtle review, baseball batters “wait” on the pitch with their “weight” back. Similarly, pitchers and quarterbacks start their throwing motion with their “weight” back.
But somehow in tennis, many players shift onto the front foot when “waiting” and in these instances they lose power and rhythm.
Which also explains why so many of us prefer to play with someone who hits the ball firmly, not overpowering necessarily, but firmly enough to help us establish our own rhythm.
Moving in twos addresses this scenario, with a specific footwork drill, where steps to the ball are always (when possible) in multiples of two. But, only if the first step in the two step sequence is with the front foot.
Check it out, practice a bit before your next match, if not in your backyard, and your rhythm will be the better for it.
Let me know what you think…