Coaches and Tennis Enthusiasts, I think we can all agree that the split step is one of the most important aspects of a tennis players footwork. In the recreational level, the split step is almost non-existent, most likely due to lack of training. While teaching this level, I have found that the more I work on footwork and in particular split stepping the quicker my students see improvement.
In the above clip, I use a step stool to create the feeling of the split step. By over exaggerating the actual split step my players have an easier time with the muscle memory and in addition they get to use the foot stool as a visual. Win Win!
And remember… you don’t have to be a pro to train like a pro!