The Bailey Method identifies and provides solutions to more than 50 of most common problems associated with movement, footwork and balance when playing tennis.
The Method is designed around the concept of the "5 R's" and “Completing the Circle” every time you hit the ball. A player is taught how to get Ready, Read, React, Respond, and Recover on every ball. The training program then choreographs the "5 R's" to suit the players’ age, ability, playing style and athleticism with great results.
The Method incorporates the learning and development of various multi-directional footwork, movement, balance and shot selection skills, taught whilst hitting balls to targets on the court that progressively get more challenging.
The program is clearly structured and is personalize to the strengths of the individual player.
The Method incorporates a clear and simple assessment system, so that players can quickly discover what steps, stances, Contact Moves and Patterns of Play work best for them.
Once this is discovered, the program is tailored to the player's strengths - rapidly improving their on court movement and their match play performance.
The end result is that player's have a set of adaptive "Tactical Movement Plans", that are implemented with great success under tournament conditions.
There are 4 progressive stages in the training program, with 7 levels of proficiency, from initial introduction through to innate and fluid delivery of personalized “tournament adaptive” play books.
Dave Bailey is the world’s leading expert in Tennis Movement & Footwork.
He has spent 30 years studying the footwork and movement patterns of the top tennis professionals, viewing over 18,000 video clips of professional players in action – carefully observing and documenting their precise movements.
Dave has been the footwork and movement trainer to over 21 professional Grand Slam players, including:
Monica Seles, Jelena Dokic, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Johanna Konta, Shaui Zhang, Vince Spadea, Jarmila Wolfe, Misaki Doi, Catalina Castano, Anne Keothavong and Andrew Ilie
"Research is presenting to the world what you have discovered without bias. Research is simply observation, perseverance to record and a passion to share” David Bailey
"Dave is a pioneer. He has developed a language and a method that is cutting edge. In the last 20 years, footwork has been very generalized and not tapped into in the way that Dave has done it. He’s taken it to a completely new level. My business is about helping players maximize their potential. Incorporating “The Bailey Method” into my coaching has had far reaching benefits"
Simon Walsh, Professional WTA Coach