Scott Baker | Tennis4you
Forum | E-mail
You may ask yourself, "small steps? When do I need small steps?
I need to be fast". Small steps help you adjust to the ball once
you are in reach of the shot. Taking long strides when hitting
the ball is a disadvantage to you because when you are stretched
out to hit the ball it can cause you to be off balance which makes
it difficult to make small adjustments. Taking these small steps
to adjust to the ball can help not only your balance but help
you hit the ball in you comfort zone. I understand that sometimes
there may not be enough time to take small steps and you need
that extra stride to reach the ball. That extra stride is fine,
but if you have the time, use smaller steps to adjust to the ball's
spin and bounce. The small steps will help you be in a better
position, be better balanced and help you to hit a better shot.
Many times when the ball is hit right to someone that person
does not move their feet at all. Even if the ball is hit right
to you, you should take a number of small steps to move to the
side of the ball and get in a great position. A lot of mistakes
can be made if you do not move at all to hit the ball. You need
to be in a position and making small adjustments in case you misjudge
the ball or it takes a funny bounce.
When playing in windy conditions it is key that you move your
feet a lot and make small adjustments. The wind can play havoc
with the ball and it's location. By taking several small steps
as the ball gets closer you can avoid getting jammed or the ball
getting too far away from you. If the ball is to close or to far
away from you it makes it difficult to hit the ball in your strike
zone and your shot will most likely be far less effective than
it should be.
Keep your feet moving at all times. Small steps help make small
adjustments and help you stay balanced and hit better shots.
Good Luck on the Court!