You are only as fast on the court as you are on your first step. To move to the ball, your first step should be a thrust out with the foot closest to the ball. That also turns your hips and shoulders slightly and starts your racquet back. You drive off your far foot and move the center of your body toward the ball. If you lean with your head and shoulders first, your legs are always trying to catch up with your top half, and you’ll only be able to arm the ball. Another common mistake is to step back with the lead foot. If you do that, after two steps you’ve gone nowhere!
This lesson is an excerpt from Bring Your Racquet: Tennis Basics for Kids
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