Tennis Lesson: Groundstrokes Footwork Patterns and Weight Transfer
Tennis Lesson: Groundstrokes Footwork Patterns and Weight Transfer

– Hey welcome to “Unleash Your Tennis.” My name’s Joel, and my mission is to share my tennis knowledge with you, so that you can improve your game and play your best tennis ever. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about the problem that is posted from the tennis community. The player asked, “My problem is the footwork “’cause I often hit the
ball out of balance. “I always get in trouble when hitting “’cause I don’t know “when to use open or closed stance. “And I also find it difficult “to make the weight transfer
during the hitting.” All right so without further ado, let’s dive in the question right now. Now first thing, the player is correct to point out that balance is important in the shot making. Generally, the more balanced you are the better your shots will be. So let’s talk about the different stances and when should you use them. We start with the forehand first. Generally speaking, when
it comes to forehand if the shot’s coming
to me within my range, I will be using either a neutral stance or a semi-open stance. So I’ll be hitting this way or… This way. And do note that this is crucial to have a strong base, meaning to say the base must be wide enough. How wide is this? Generally, this is slightly wider than shoulder width. A lot of times players tend to stand in a narrow base, and when you are in a narrow base you are not balanced. Shots within my range, I’ll be using a semi-open stance or perhaps a neutral stance, if the balls are within my range. The next thing is, it is natural for you to bring your weight forward. For example, if I’m striking
in a semi-open stance, it is natural for me to bring
this back leg forward… Because of the momentum
and the weight transfer. All right now, think of the weight transfer as holding a heavy medicine ball, and you are throwing
this ball from the side. So very naturally, the weight of the ball will pull you forward and
this leg will come up. So that is the weight transfer part. Okay so think of a heavy ball carrying from the side, and you want to throw the ball forward. The weight will bring me forward, and this back leg will come up. Now next if the shots are out of my range, I have to run to strike the ball. Then generally, I’ll be
using the open stance to keep myself balanced and also to help me in the recovery. All right let me show you. Now if I’m on the run, I’ll time the back swing. All right, this outer leg is critical because it
helps me in the balance. Okay so this leg will
help me in the balance, I strike and I’ll come into this position to help me in the recovery. So in the open stance
the outer leg is critical to help you to maintain the balance. You should feel the weight resting on the outer leg, okay. So let me show you again. On the run, feel the weight here, strike, and remain balanced, and you recover. All right so, that’s the forehand part. If you are a two-handed backhand player, all right like me, myself, okay first thing, if the balls are within my range, I’ll be adopting the neutral stance. So from here, I’ll be
adopting a neutral stance. All right make sure maintain good balance before I strike the ball. Okay and also because
of the weight transfer it is natural for the back leg to come up. I’ve seen a lot of players doing this. They strike the ball, and then they pull back
this front leg, back. Okay so it becomes like this. This is not a good thing to do because you are going to be off-balance, if you are going to step back. It is better for you to step forward, bring the back leg forward so that you are in a better position for the recovery, and you are also doing the weight transfer for the ball to go through. All right so, within my range, if the balls are within
my range for my backhand, I’ll be going to this neutral position. Strike the ball, and bring this back leg up for my recovery for the next shot. If I’m being pulled out wide, for a double backhand player, pull out wide I can go into this position. All right strike the ball. Same thing, back leg come up to balance and go for the recovery, okay. Or, I can also go for open stance. All right open stance backhand. And strike the ball. So there are two ways, one is to go into neutral stance or open stance for the
two-handed backhand. Now if you are a single backhanded player, okay shots within the range, you will go into this position. All right sometimes this is neutral, sometimes it’s even a closed stance. So after you strike the ball, be sure to same thing, push this back leg forward… So that you are in a balanced position. Okay do not ever do this, and step back. You’ll find that when I step back, I’m not in a balanced position anymore. So if you are adopting the correct weight transfer the back leg will come up. If you are being pulled
out further, okay so, I’ll go into a more closed stance now. All right my shoulder is
almost facing the opponent, so strike here. Be sure to bring this leg forward. And you can see that
I’m performing a split. From here… Okay close, a split stance and I go back to the recovery position. So the key thing is, weight transfer. You will find that the back leg is always coming forward. And do not step back from the front leg. I hope you find today’s lesson useful and applicable to your tennis game. If you have any questions or feedback, leave them in the comment section below. If you like this video, do give me a thumbs up, and hit the red button to subscribe to “Unleash
Your Tennis” channel. That’s all for me today. See you next time, happy playing.

5 thoughts on “Tennis Lesson: Groundstrokes Footwork Patterns and Weight Transfer”

  1. MisterTracks says:

    amazing stuff

  2. Trap Drip says:

    Nice content! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? :]

  3. Trap Drip says:

    I enjoyed the video! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? :]

  4. FairwayJack says:

    are you in Hong Kong ??

  5. Wally Friend says:

    I use a single handed backhand and I use to play exactly the way you recommended which is the closed stance on wide balls. But I changed to the open stance for 80% of my shots now. The open stance gives you the same power as the closed stance but you see the court better, you can hit the ball late, you can hit high balls and you recover better. I really don’t understand why the closed stance is used on the backhand. You always need an extra step to stop your momentum. There are no advantages that I can see with it. Thanks for the video.

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