Doubles Footwork question for 2 right-handers

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Marc Beaty

Marc Beaty Asked 9 years ago

Hello Coaches,

My doubles partner and I are both RH (forehand dominant).  I found two footwork diagrams online (URL's follow):

I noticed that both diagrams show a counterclockwise pattern (except for after serving/receiving in one diagram).  Is there an advantage to counterclockwise circular motions as opposed to a clockwise circular motions?  My partner and I want to practice what works for us, but we don't want to pick up bad habits that we might regret later.  I watched several 2 RightHanders doubles on YouTube and I noticed that they will have clockwise, counterclockwise, and side to side motions in the same game? 

Is it unlikely to be able to stick to a given pattern?

Are there advantages/disadvantages for clockwise or counterclockwise patterns for 2RHs?

Thank you,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Marc,

The patterns depend on each ball.  In general it is easier to move counterclockwise if you are playing a forehand because that is the way that your momentum is taking you.  If you are playing a backhand then your momentum is going to the right.  It also depends on which way you have moved to the ball.  If they play you wide on your forehand, then it is best to move out and around clockwise.

So the bottom line is, that it is nice to think in patterns, but in reality, you need to take each ball as it comes and then move around depending on the stroke and your movement to the stroke.

My best advice for a right hander in doubles though, is to find a left handed partner.  It makes life a LOT easier.

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Marc Beaty

Marc Beaty Posted 9 years ago

Thank you for the quick and thorough response; this helps a lot. 

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 9 years ago

I generally find that when I am the server or receiver, I end up hitting backhands for most of the rally because I am stuck in the right corner.  I guess the key is to move in a circle and not just in-out. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

If you can move right around in a circle it will help you to both make stronger shots, but in most cases the ball is just moving too fast and faster than the players can move around.

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