This is our first movie about the footwork in forehand. We think you should know four basic footworks. It’s neutral, open, semi open and the walking step. Follow me out on the tenniscourt, and I’ll show you. If you get a short ball, it is good to use the neutral stance. With a neutral stance you search up the ball. You take a big step towards the ball, to move your weight from your rear foot to the front foot while hitting the tennisball. Then you stop the rotation by using a big step in. The open stance is good to use if you get a ball and have to move very quickly to be able to hit a good tennisstroke. It can look like this. I stand on my outer foot and has weight on it. I hit the ball with my feet parallel to the baseline, and afterwards I can move quickly into the centre of the tenniscourt again. The semi open footwork, which is a variant of the open stance can be used when the player plays a ball with very good length. I take a step backwards like this, I stand in semi open stance and I hit my tennisstroke and move the weight forward like this. Walking step is a footwork that you can use when you return the serve. It’s also footwork you can use to pull up the pace in a tennisrally, when you do not have time to move into the tenniscourt. It looks like this, you have the weight on the outer foot and when you hit the tennisball you make a walking step and put up the pace in that way. If you learn theese four basic footworks, you can manage to play tennisballs that are in front of you when you need to go a little bit into the tenniscourt. You can play tennisballs from the side with the open stance. You’ll be able to move backwards, and still hit good tennisshots with the semi open footwork. And you can e.g. use the walking step in servicereturns. If you get a short ball you use the neutral stance with step in. If you move to the side and take the weight on your outer foot. You use the open stance. If you move back like this and move your bodyweight forward like this in the swing. Then you are using the semi open stance. At a servicereturn e.g. it can look like this. You put the weight on your outer foot and jump in during the stroke You´re using the walking step If these footwork’s are new are new for you. You should start practicing them without a ball. After a while you can start practicing with balls. And in the end using the different footwork while playing a match. If you want to be quicker on the tenniscourt. You should look at our next movie. It is not so easy to be quicker by practicing quickness. But most people can be quicker by moving more efficient on the tenniscourt. Our next movie is about that. The different foot works and how to move to and from the tennisball. To get faster on the tenniscourt.

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Dennis Veasley

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