Tennis Footwork Tips On The Approach Shots
In this video lesson, I am going to share very useful tennis footwork tips when it comes to the approach shots.
If you want to move efficiently for your forehand, double backhand and backhand slice approach shots, your footwork is super important. So, watch this video lesson and learn how the pros execute their footwork to attack the sitter or short ball.
Great Tennis Footwork Tips For Efficiency In Approach Shots
What are the common problems?
One of the most common problems for tennis players is when they see a sitter or short ball they tend to stop and hit.
They then need to generate the momentum to move up to the net. This kind of movement is completely inefficient. This is because when you stop and then advance forward, you incur more time and this gives your opponent time to hit a passing shot against you.
In this lesson, I will share two types of tennis footwork that you can use to gain momentum and move forward to the net efficiently.
The Hopping Step For Forehand Approach Shot.
The first footwork is called the ‘Hopping Step.’ This step is more for forehand approach shots or double backhand approach shots.
This is how you execute the hopping step. When you see a short ball coming near the service line, you move up and go into a neutral stance as shown in the image below. Then you hop in with the front leg as you contact the ball.
This hopping step will give you momentum to move forward after you contact the ball.
The Hopping Step For 2 Handed Backhand Approach Shot.
The hopping step is also used for two-handed backhand approach shot. When you see a short ball coming towards your backhand, go into a neutral stance first.
Then, prepare your weight to lean on the front leg. Thus, as you prepare to contact a ball, you do a hopping step as shown in the image below.
After you have contacted a ball this step will give you a momentum to move forward to the next.
The Carioca Step.
The next footwork is the carioca step. This step is very useful when you want to do a backhand slice approach shot.
As you encounter a short ball to your backhand side, one good tactic to use is to slice the ball and charge to the net. A well executed slice will make the ball stay low. You opponent will need to hit the ball up and this gives you the opportunity to poach the next ball. As you encounter a short ball to your backhand side, one good tactic to use is to slice the ball and charge to the net. Click To Tweet
So how to execute this move efficiently?
As you go to your backhand slice and your body should turn towards the side fence. When you prepare to contact the ball, your right leg (for lefties like me) should move back and your other leg should open up and then you continue to move.
If you are a right-handed player, then you can do this step vice-versa.
Take note that you have to maintain your hip position facing the side fence. If you turn towards the net too early, it may cause over-rotation and your backhand slice becomes an error.
I have shared two types of tennis footwork with you –
1. The Hopping step is great for the forehand approach or two-handed backhand approach shots.
2. The Carioca step is suitable for backhand slice approach shots.
Go ahead and try out these tennis footwork and let me know in the comment box how these helped you.
If you enjoyed this post, get updates. It’s FREE
5 Keys Be A Better Tennis Player and Coach
Sat Jan 13 2018
Tennis Forehand Tips: Are You Using The Legs ?
Wed Dec 13 2017
Tennis Drill To Improve Your Kick Serve and Toss
Fri Oct 27 2017
Tennis Rating: How Good Is Your Tennis?
Tue Oct 10 2017
How To Reduce Double Faults and Gain More Confidence For Your Tennis Serve
Wed Jul 19 2017
New to Tennis Coaching? Discover My Top 8 Lessons On Managing Your Teams
Sat May 20 2017
Tennis Footwork Tips On The Approach Shots
Sun May 07 2017
Tennis Groundstrokes Tips: How To Have Better Timing and Spacing
Sat Apr 22 2017
Tennis Two-Handed Backhand Tip: How To Stop Shanking The Ball
Mon Mar 27 2017
3 Powerful Mindset Tweaks To Overcome The Fear In Your Tennis
Sun Mar 19 2017
Tennis Forehand Tips: 2 Common Hitting Mistakes
Mon Mar 06 2017
5 Tennis Serve Drills To Help You Win Your Service Games
Sat Feb 11 2017
Tennis Kick Serve: Get More Kick With These 8 Tips
Thu Jan 19 2017
The Tennis Game Is Simple… Really?
Sun Dec 11 2016
How To Improve Your Court Positioning In Tennis
Thu Dec 01 2016
How To Use Mini Tennis To Improve Your Tennis
Thu Nov 10 2016
4 Steps To A Great Two-Handed Backhand
Sat Oct 15 2016
Tennis Grips Explained – How To Find The Grip Correctly And Play Your Best Shots
Thu Sep 29 2016
Tennis Forehand Tips: How To Hit Deep
Tue Sep 06 2016
Tennis Coaching: 9 Keys To Define A Successful Training Session
Sat Sep 03 2016
Avoid This Tennis Forehand Mistake If You Want To Play Better Topspin Shots
Sun Aug 21 2016
6 Reasons Why You Lose Tennis Matches And What To Do About Them
Sun Jul 31 2016
Ignore Chasing The Most Beautiful Tennis Groundstrokes And Develop Groundstrokes Flexibility Instead
Sun Jul 10 2016
How To Prepare Early for Your Groundstrokes So That You Can Hit With More Consistency
Mon Jun 20 2016
7 Tips To Help You and Your Friends Enjoy Playing Tennis More
Wed Jun 01 2016
3 Drills To Improve Anticipation Instantly
Sun Apr 24 2016
Tennis Beginners Tips : 6 Simple Ways To Win Your First Match
Sat Mar 19 2016
15 Random Thoughts On The Tennis Serve
Sun Feb 07 2016
Consistent Tennis Serve: Get Your Serve Toss Right
Fri Jan 22 2016
Why Can’t I Play Tennis Matches Like The Way I Practice?
Wed Jan 13 2016
3 Powerful Tips To Win Your Service Games
Fri Dec 25 2015
Learn How To Hit The Topspin With One-Handed Backhand (Part 1)
Sun Dec 13 2015
Improve Your Consistency Instantly With These Simple Tweaks
Sun Nov 15 2015
How To Beat The Damn Pusher In Your Next Match
Sun Nov 01 2015