Whenever you stretch or work out lifting weights it is important to put your ‘Feeling Attention’ on the muscle group you want to target i.e. isolate the area you wish to work on and concentrate on working with good form and technique. It is the same when learning to move your feet.
With The Bailey Method, I like my clients to come to the lesson and know that their feeling attention is on their balance, agility, movement and footwork, and that the lesson is all about developing the tennis athlete and specifically targeting tennis fitness.
Yes…..I certainly will work on tactics and contact points and swing lines, but thinking about too many things leads to “paralysis by analysis” and confused muscle memory. Thus I insist that the “feeling attention” be mainly on the feet, contact moves and how to position yourself on the court!
It is important that at least a couple times a week that you spend from 20 minutes to 1 hour just focusing your “feeling attention” specifically on your movement!