Last updated 11 years ago
Hi Alois and Jeff,
I had a match today and someone pointed out to me that my footwork seemed forced and unnatural. After checking out your master class videos relating to footwork, I think I find out what my problem is.
I tried to use jumping steps for nearly every movement, reserving the cross-over step for the really wide balls. Side shuffle is not used at all. I think this is my own misinterpretation.
So I want to ask you if my new assumption about footwork steps is correct:
Short movement coupled with fast ball -> jumping step
Wide balls -> cross-over step
The rest -> side shuffle
That is a reasonable summary. You can use the jumping in most cases because most movements are able to be reached in one jump.
The shuffle step can be used in most other cases. You should only use the cross over step when absolutely because it will leave you in a vulnerable position for the next ball.
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