We all know the simple fact that the human body is lazy by nature... using the least amount of energy and only when necessary will we take one or more steps to move to the ball. We reach-out with our arms, hands and the racquet towards the ball that is hit away from us. This action is the reverse of the way the Pros play this game. Pros initiate movement with the feet, moving in a relatively balanced motion. On average, the typical Pro takes about 10-12 steps between each shot, while a typical club player takes about 4-5 steps between each shot. The difference in footwork pattern can point to one of the reasons club players can be so inconsistent.
Many players, even those who have been taught proper stroke mechanics, still find themselves hitting balls from poor positions, poor balance and poor footwork. The cause of this is the simple fact that these players only rarely get into the optimum position to hit the ball well. The trick is to move quickly into the optimum position to strike the ball well with balance every time. When proper footwork occurs, the complexity of the stroke is simplified because the player is in a balanced position. Next time you get out to play, work more consciously on moving to the ball more quickly and with balance to put yourself in the best position to strike the ball clean. And soon, you will see your game elevate to higher levels with more control and consistency.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy Healthy New Year... 2014.