I recently missed about 15 f/hand loops in a row, despite thinking my stroke was fine. I then looked down at my feet, and found the right foot (I'm a right-hander) was about 1/2->1 foot too far left of the ball. I needed to make a slight 1/2 step to the right to be in position to loop properly. I kept telling myself to move my feet, but they stayed rooted to the spot. The result has been mistakes but with the pro of getting some inswing on the ball, which troubles opponents. But I want to be consistent and play the right shot.
More recently, a coach saw me play and he told me the same thing: I need to make an extra 1/2 step before looping.
I'm wondering how to fix this. A Chinese coach says it's important to keep moving your body even if only a jiggle between shots. That could be the answer, but I have poor stamina, and cannot afford to waste energy this way. Presently, I already have long delays between points to get my breathing back.
I guess I could do side shuffles, although I think I'd get tired that way too. Maybe if I lowered my body some more I may be able to save energy and still get the footwork right. My feet are planted too heavily too, which doesn't help.
Is there any quick fix? Perhaps I should be thinking something during play to help move my feet?
and Alois Rosario said...
Perhaps if you focus on the balance of your body it will give you some cues to follow. When you are not talking that half step your body will feel like it is on a bit of a lean when you contact the ball. It needs to feel like everything is lined up and your wight is on both feet evenly. Focus on this while you are hitting and see if it helps.
Other than that it sounds like it is more footwork training to get the right feelings when you are moving.