Why do more advanced players adopt this position?


There are many reasons. For example, while moving very fast on court and having to get to difficult shots, the player doesn’t want to lose concentration on calculating which step to take in order to eventually arrive with the correct foot. The player also doesn’t always have the time to shuffle feet to get things right. He therefore, has to learn to play very well off both feet. When a player starts his movement from the T, things are less complicated, but when he is out of position and has to chase a difficult ball, he may find himself arriving with the other foot.   play video.


Very often though, the player adopts such positions voluntarily to gain certain advantages. Consider the example of a player who reaches across the court to take the ball early. This way, he saves time and energy, both to get onto the ball and back to the T. He doesn’t have to lift the left leg and bring it all the way to the other side. When the ball is within easy reach the, advantage is evident. The video action demonstrates how quick the player can be when using the other foot as opposed to the correct one. It is also evident that when the ball is close to the sidewall, the player reaches the ball better when using the correct foot (due to the number of steps required when starting off from the T). Note that in the example in which the other foot is used, the ball is not very far from the T, hence, rendering the right foot functional. A different reason is explained below.






The photo sequence above demonstrates how a player who instinctively brings his leg across too early while preparing his racket (top right), may often find himself too close to the ball. He is obliged to take a step back (bottom right) and does not position himself, as he would like to.