Footwork Secrets -and the “Crazy Rich Asians” by Jon M Chu

There is a story here.

Some many years ago a talented high school senior filmed “The Secrets of World Class Footwork” (sowcf)

He had been a tennis student – and this was Jon M Chu

If you have seen Crazy Rich Asians you may know of him, of his vision, his talent – and for sure there will be much more to come with him over the years.

So for the fun of it I will upload some of the clips from SOWCF – but the story still resonates.

For the footwork of Stefan Edberg, featured in SOWCF, is truly identical to the starting moves of Kei Nishikori, Sloan Stephens and even Rafa Nadal.

The secret then (as now) has to do with which foot you lead with when moving very quickly to a wide ball.

Do you jab (meaning an initial shuffle step), crossover with the opposite leg, or turn the hips and take a negative step with the leg closest to the ball?

Otherwise known as a drop step, floating pivot or a gravity turn.

Here is another look.


  • Kevin Chung

    Reply Reply December 21, 2019

    Interesting concept!

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply December 21, 2019

      Thanks – also used in basketball and especially for open field runners in football

  • Donald McDonald

    Reply Reply October 10, 2019

    I agree, but you know you can do gravity steps sideways too. The question I have is, have you ever heard of keeping your feet extremely flat so you land on the front of your arch, not the ball of your feet? When I do my foot rolls to dead flat. I think this stabilizes me on every step. In any case, I play Tennis much better on the rare occasions I do so.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply October 10, 2019

      Don – I only know about this footwork when the hips are turning (that initiates the action) – as to your question about flat and landing I do not really know – sorry – Jim

  • Gordon Hodge

    Reply Reply October 9, 2019

    Thanks Jim
    Interesting thoughts…

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