Practice Your Tennis Split Step

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Practice Your Tennis Split Step

Why you should practice and develop your split step? Because your movement and balance will always help you with your first step in reacting to your opponent. In long rallies you can keep in the rally for much longer, it also helps you keep away from being on your heels, or being caught flat footed.

Practice Your Tennis Split Step

Before I give you a few tips I would like to explain what the Ready Position is. You should feel balanced with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and balanced on the balls of your feet. Hold your racket out in front of your body with both hands on the handle, and face toward your opponent.

Practice Your Tennis Split Step

The first thing you need to work on is to make sure that you are in the ready position when your opponent is preparing to hit the ball. You may have to run and concentrate very hard to achieve it, you then perform a small hop with both legs at the same time as your opponent is preparing to hit the ball.

Practice Your Tennis Split Step

If you become frustrated trying to co-ordinate yourself then hop lightly, you do not need to be extremely high off the ground a couple of inches would be ok. You can also hop twice before your opponent prepares to hit the ball, this will give you a feeling of how much time you have to make your split step.

Practicing is much harder than you might think; it will take you some time to put into match play. Create yourself some small goals such as playing with someone watching how you do it. Ask them to score on how well you did, to progress from there have another friend watch you play in a match. Again they could score your performance. Take your time in progressing; small achievable gaols will help. Train with desire and dedication, act upon feedback and do not forget to have some fun.

Best wishes,

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