The Overview

The Split-Step: is one of the most used footwork techniques in the game. This one movement alone can set you up for success by being prepared to attack a variety of shots from groundstrokes to volleys...A split-step should be the first movement before your forehand, backhand and volleys. It is a basic, but vital part of succes in tennis, just execute a little hop-step and then land on both feet, which should be spaced about shoulder width apart upon landing. This move prepares the player to move in an instant in either direction, it also activates the legs and prepares them for maximum explosion forward and into the direction of the incoming ball, which provides additional power to your strokes.