7-Minute Footwork Drill

Good footwork is the foundation of a solid tennis stroke, whether it's your forehand, slice backhand, volley or overhead. Without it, your tennis stroke will fall apart. With it, you can improve your technique and win more matches.

These drills will help you dramatically speed up your footwork on the tennis court. You don't need any equipment. All you need is some chalk or tape in order to draw a four-square box.

The four boxes that make up the square should be about 2 feet all around. That means it's only about two standard ruler lengths. 

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Footwork Drill Tip: Try to start off slowly as you "burn" the pattern into your brain and then increase speed.

Increase the tempo until you're working as fast as possible.

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Try to do the drills two to three times a week for maximum benefit.

Altogether, the drills only take seven minutes to complete and can de done anywhere. (See sketch of square below). 

2-footed drills

Complete each one for 20 seconds

footwork box

  • Box 1-2
  • Box 1-2-3
  • Box 1-2-3-4
  • Box 1-3-2
  • Box 4-3-2
  • Box 4-3-2-1
  • Box 4-2-3

1-footed drills

Complete each one for 20 seconds. Start with the left leg. Then repeat with the right leg.

  • Box 1-2
  • Box 1-2-3
  • Box 1-2-3-4
  • Box 1-3-2
  • Box 4-3-2
  • Box 4-3-2-1
  • Box 4-2-3

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About the Author

Paul Gold has been involved in enhancing the performance of tennis players of all levels from beginners to touring professionals for more than 20 years.. For Paul's free mini-course footwork video, visit footwork4tennis.com.

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