The Golden Move #1: The Step Down

The Golden Move #1:
The Step Down

David Bailey

When you want to take time away from your opponent, take the ball early, or hit a ball that bounces low, the key footwork pattern--or contact move-- is the Step Down. In this article David shows you the patterns of steps to move to, hit, and recover from a step down on the forehand—including forehands hit inside out and inside in—and both the two-handed and one handed backhand. Your distance from the ball dictates the first step and the following step movement patterns.

Executing these is critical for moving well to anywhere on the court. Hitting stances should also vary with distance to the ball and with the stroke itself. See it all in this incredible article based on David’s decades of study of the footwork of the best players in the world.

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David Bailey is a native Australian who has spent 15 years studying tennis at the professional level. He has developed a new language for one of the most complex and misunderstood aspects of the game, footwork and court movement. David has worked with world class players and coaches, national tennis associations and top academies, and has presented at coaching seminars around the world. His teaching system, the Bailey Method, has become a regular part of the coaching curriculum at the Nick Bollettierri Tennis Academy, where it is personally endorsed by Nick

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