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http://www.essentialtennis.com The split step is one of the very most important parts of tennis footwork around the court and yet it gets completely ignored …
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Great practice on Tuesday. Here’s a video illustrating the split step and
just how important it is. Super important to avoid cement shoes. Next
practice is Friday. We’ll meet in B113 right after school again.
I have yet found any coach teaches footwork for beginners. Why?
I’m shocked. I can’t believe there is video analysis and an in depth
explanation of such a simple concept.
If I were to shoot a ball out of a canon at you and you were expected to
catch it, how else would your footwork unfold? Would you be cross legged,
feet together, one foot it front of the other?
Obviously if you need to move in either direction you would have spread
legs to use your glutes and quads to push off in the direction you want to
go. On the balls of your feet as well.
If you can’t figure this out yourself through natural movement, instinct,
and common sense…you need to put down the racket and see a doctor.
Ian – great video series. This is so basic yet so often overlooked. I’m a
senior player and this has allowed me to extremely effective on the courts.
I hear a lot of older players complaining about not being able to get to
the ball and they attribute it to age. While its true that you don’t get
faster when you get older, you’re definitely not going to get to the ball
when you keep your heals glued to the court growing roots. In fact, I
would argue that it is even more important when you’re older because you
need every fraction of a second you can get when you move slower. By the
way, keeping your heals off the ground keeps your knees bent; lifting your
heals without bending your knees results in a face plant. Thanks for the
great videos! John
@tharrison1963 Thanks so much for the feedback, I appreciate it!
Can’t wait for the next video! I sometimes mess the split step up
completely on the return of serve. It’s has got better, but it’s not
optimal(yet) Since I started using the split step I feel like I’m
getting to a lot of the shots that used to be winners before. Thanks for
putting these up! Really helps =)
Great vid, and look forward to the other videos. A few months ago I was
looking for something explaining the split step and how its useful but
couldn’t find it. I do split step but sometimes lose my focus and stop
doing it so hopefully these vids will help me to get to the stage of just
naturally doing it without thinking.
Hi Ian This is a great piece of work, looking forward to the other videos.
I have been playing tennis for 2 years now and at the point where I know
what I should be doing even though I’m not doing it! Your approach is
always enthusiastic and very informative. I’ll be playing my next game with
your advice on the split step ringing in my ears.
My service returns have improved a lot since i started to split step before
Great explanation. Thank you!
@moonpatrol2 Thanks for watching. Video 2 and 3 will be out soon!
Ian, i jus wanted to tell you, that you spend an aweful lot of time talking
about alot of stuff before you get to the point in what you are saying in
alot of your videos on youtube. Pleze get to the point otherwise, if you
dont you wont get alot of peple. Im jus givin u advice.
I have a questiuon… When you say stay on the ball of your heels, does
that include while running and hitting? Does that mean that you dont plant
your feet before you swing? I have struggled with this question for years.
I use it in the beginning of a hitting session then sort of forget about it
toward the end…
Good explanation of the split step
I started implementing it a few months ago and I feel more confident on my
volleys because of it. I am able to move to the side more quickly when they
try and jam my feet on the return.
@SupremeTennis I can’t agree more, I too really appreciate and anticipate
your videos, and I am saying the same thing because we want you to have
more views and more videos. It is a little off topic most of the time and
not straight to point enough, hope you won’t mind the feedback
@JThorss0N You’re welcome
Turns out I’ve been doing a perfect step since I started playing a couple
@WooTennis Good question, I’ll be addressing that in video #2!
Best video I’ve watched… continuing on part 2 now… I’m rated 2 to 2.5
and have barely done split steps. I’ll be incorporating this into my game
from now on.
worth pointing out Murray is split stepping too.
thanks!! this is def useful as i am a rec player who lacks solid footwork.
my question is the split step only applicable to volleys or for open stance
players? and how would this work for hitting in a semi closed or closed
stance (i.e shoulder facing opponent)? I normally try and hit closed as i
was taught that open stance usually requires more timing something i have
to improve on
Thank you for the video, I benefited from listening to your podcasts too.
Keep up the good work, can’t wait for the next video!
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Clear explanation !
Man, this is so good. I am a very beginner. When I watched lot other videos
Some excellent points...liked the birds in background. Hope you do a kick
Thank you for your thoroughness. Making tennis fun again.
I wanna see your serve
GREAT SET OF TIPS AND NICE GOING THROUGH EACH STEP WITH DETAILS
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