Welcome to the Footwork Fundamentals section of FuzzyYellowBalls.com! Here you’ll learn the footwork patterns necessary to move around the court properly during a point.
|Introduction to the Footwork
This video introduces the footwork. How you move on a tennis court is arguably the most important part of the game. This video explains why.
|The Ready Position
The ready position is the position you want to be in when you wait for your opponent to hit you the tennis ball. It allows you to move in any direction as fast as possible, which is important because you don’t know where you opponent is going to hit the tennis ball.
The split step is a small hop you take from the ready position. It allows you to move more explosively around the tennis court than you otherwise would be able to.
|First Step Movement
The first step movement is the first step you take coming out of the split step. You may notice that it looks very similar to the pivot and shoulder turn, the very first step of either a forehand or backhand groundstroke. This step puts you in position to move properly out to the tennis ball.
|Move to the Ball
How you move to the ball depends on where you opponent hits it. This video explains the various ways you can move around a tennis court depending on where your opponent hits the ball.
|Bring Back Foot Up
After you hit the ball, you need to put yourself in position to move back to the middle of the tennis court. You need to do this both quickly and in a way that lets you change direction. This latter point is important because sometimes your opponent will try and wrong-foot you by hitting the ball behind you.
The side shuffle is a way of moving that lets you move in one direction, but stop and move in the other direction quickly if need be. In many respects, it is kind of like a moving ready position. This video explains why you want to side shuffle when you don’t know where your opponent is going to to hit the tennis ball.
The cross step is another way of starting your recovery back to the middle of the tennis court. This type of footwork is necessary when you have a lot of court to cover. You want to have completed your cross step and be back in the side shuffle before your opponent hits the ball.
|Complete Footwork Sequence / Summary
This video summarizes the footwork and looks at a couple typical footwork sequences during a point.