3 “Steps” to Remember Before the Lock and Roll Movement

February 2013 Newsletter

With the exception of the serve, every shot starts with the split-step, adjusting step and push-off step. Any player who is serious about their game and wants to compete, these “steps” are a must.

  1. Split Step
    Often times players think that applying the tennis split-step will make them more tired. This is a misconception. The split-step will actually make you less tired when moving. First, the player will be more prepared for the next shot. It is much easier to move your feet after you have landed from mid-air as opposed to trying to move when your feet are already planted on the ground. Second, the player can relax and take a breather in between shots. This helps you relax the body. Instead of keeping your muscles tight throughout the whole point or rally, it is beneficial to relax before every shot. Third, the split step will help you keep your feet light and on your toes. Too often I see players flat footed with their heels touching the ground.
  2. Adjusting Step (or Steps)
    It can be many steps or as little as one step. The adjusting step is crucial for a player to set up their body at a proper distance from the tennis ball. Players often set up either too close or too far from their proper contact point without correct adjusting steps.
  3. Push-Off Step
    This is the last step before hitting the ball. The better you push-off, the more explosive your shot will be. However, some shots require more push-off than others. For example, a smash overhead will usually apply more push-off than volleys. Make sure to use the proper amount of push-off for each shot. As you do this, balance is key. Without balance, you will be wasting a lot of energy!

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