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The Essential Guide To Footwork Maestro

Last updated on July 20th, 2020 at 01:23 pm AEST (+10:00)

* This guide is written for the double footwork under the assumption the player is right handed.

During the course of my training, also back in 2018, I came across a coach who emphasised on footwork so understandably a large portion of each training session (probably 20 mins) was dedicated to footwork.

Here it is, my attempt to put all this training into words:

Basic elements

  • Hopping (left and right) 
    • Majority of the time we want to hop left: moving back diagonally to the left or moving back straight
    • The rest we hop right and land with right foot at the back
  • Rolling
  • Left foot in or right foot in
    • Left foot in to cover a short distance (straight) as it takes an even number of steps (2-4-6, etc)
    • Right foot in to cover a longer distance (diagonal) as it takes an odd number of steps (3-5-7, etc)
    • Aim for 1 or 2 steps (majority of the time) and a maximum of 3 (sometimes)

Front court

There are 2 variations:

  • Left foot in, right foot in, hit (both forehand and backhand)
  • Right foot in hit, right foot back 1 step, split step (square)

The triangles

Visualise in each quadrant of the court, there are 2 triangles, each can be navigated in 2 directions: clockwise and anti-clockwise. 

There will be 4 different variations as illustrated below:

To navigate we start at the smiley icon then follow the arrows. To go back we use the hopping and left or right foot in as per description above. 

To move sideway, we move to the centre and do a split step (square feet) and do the front footwork (1st variation)

Back hand

There are 4 variations:

  • Spin left, right foot in and hit
  • 1 hop left, spin left, right foot in and hit
  • 2 hop left, spin left, right foot in and hit
  • Right foot back 1 step, left foot back 1 step, spin left and hit

Hope that helps. Let me know your footwork tip in the comment section below!