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Published: 23 Jan 2013 - 07:08 by Ahmed

Updated: 26 Jan 2013 - 08:00

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 Hello everyone,

I have tried too hard to make my first take off from the t to the ball to be as fluid as possible but little or no progress at all. I heared about the slpit step but actually did not work that much, I tried to improve my anticipation but I found the pace of play too fast for me to build up my anticipation, I tried to be standing on my foot balls or toes and this was somehow effective but not as expected. any valuable advise?

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From rippa rit - 26 Jan 2013 - 07:58   -   Updated: 26 Jan 2013 - 08:00

Just a few little tips about movement.  We are looking for a sort of gliding movement around the court which can be achieved by taking a lower centre of gravity (longer steps and bent knees), always move in strides and never bring your feet together ('cos then you will be standing up straight).  If you keep standing up straight your movement will be like a kangaroo and "bobbing around" the court. How does a sprinter take off in a race? Not from a dead start is my point.

Experiened players can anticipate since they take in many clues when watching the ball and opponent during the rally.  The squahsgame library on footwork/movement will have some tips for you.

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From sloejp - 24 Jan 2013 - 14:41

how long have you been trying? are you working with a coach or taking some lessons? are you doing sprint drills?

the simple answer is to be more patient. it can take a long time to improve.

ghosting and star drills work well, but it takes time to increase your reaction time and develop more fluid footwork.

footwork is like dancing. some people have a natural ability. others have two left feet and need to practice more.

save the split step for later. first work on making sure you're taking off on the correct foot and and placing you're weight on the correct foot going into the shot. once you've got that, then you can start thinking about hitting off the "wrong" foot and about the split step.

spend a lot of time watching videos on footwork and watching the pros play. yo should be able to finda style that suits you.


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