Tag Archives: bailey tennis footwork

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The mosquito philosophy!

  • by wpadmin
  • May 18, 2018
  In my mind I keep a philosophy of commitment, desire and dedication. There has to be a bench mark set. If a client COMMITS to a fitness class designed for full time tennis players – let’s say a beach run and work out every Saturday morning. All the attendees MUST understand it is a group thing that relies on group […]Read More >>
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Float like a Butterfly and you’ll Sting like a Bee

  • by wpadmin
  This was a question asked to Julius Menendez, Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Coach by Bud Winter, author of his fantastic book called ‘Relax and Win’: Question:      Did Ali have any special exercise or tricks to get relaxed, or was he mostly born with the ability to relax? Answer:     Well, I am not […]Read More >>
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Act Quickly (But Don’t Hurry)

  • by wpadmin
One of my most influential mentors is a very famous legendary Basketball coach called John Wooden he would say to his players – ” When you hurry, you tend to make mistakes. On the other hand, if you can’t execute quickly, you may be too late to accomplish your tasks. It’s a delicate but crucial balance” I […]Read More >>
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Being ‘Up Tight’ is horrible for tennis!

  • by wpadmin
My definition of Up Tight is being angry with yourself and this not only effects your movement but also your strategy, racket head speed and concentration levels. It is just that…. Being Up and Being Tight. You need to be ‘Down and Relaxed’. If you are UP…. then you jump and use no lower body […]Read More >>
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Shaui Zhang – Rally Moves Drill on court with Dave Bailey

  • by wpadmin
  • December 4, 2017
  Watch Zhang Shaui WTA world number 24 and Australian Open Quarter Finalist hitting tennis balls on court using Rallying  Contact Moves with David Bailey. Rallying moves  like the 2 Foot Pivot, 1 Foot pivot, FH lateral Hop and BH Closed pivot are all about building the point by hitting cross court or angles, to […]Read More >>
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Zhang Shaui Attacking Contact Moves

  • by wpadmin
  • November 9, 2017
Watch Zhang Shaui WTA world number 24 and Australian Open Quarter Finalist hitting tennis balls on court using Attacking  Contact Moves with David Bailey. Attacking moves like the Loaded Transfer, Step Down, Front Foot Hop and Low Spin are all about taking time away from you opponent by using a neutral stance or hitting with […]Read More >>
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Bonus – Video of Serve, Return, Volley and Approach Footwork

  • by wpadmin
  • August 15, 2017
The Video above shows service footwork patterns and return of serve, approach and volley contact moves. Please download and refer to the documents below the video with the full explanation of the sequences in the video. Download The Return of Serve Contact Moves The Serve Footwork The Approach Shot Article The Volley Contact Moves Article […]Read More >>
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Balance in Tennis – tips, quotes and teaching points

  • by wpadmin
  • March 16, 2017
•            Balance is a more encompassing term than footwork training as it involves the whole body just not the feet •            A fundamental for balance in tennis is get the outside foot behind the ball and both feet facing the side fence •            Another fundamental is always keep your base when moving to the ball  […]Read More >>
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The Educated Foot

  • by wpadmin
  Footwork patterns are a series of steps, starts, stances, turns, shifts and brakes. There are “out”, “recovery” and “brake” patterns (a footwork pattern being combination of all the above). All footwork patterns are glued together by a Contact and Balance Move. The “Educated Foot” = understanding how important the last step before the contact […]Read More >>
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The 3 Controls of Footwork

  • by wpadmin
  • November 7, 2016
The 3 Controls of Footwork Tennis is a game of taking control, maintaining control and regaining control – be it control of your body, racket, emotions or tactics. This blog is about taking control of your balance, movement and footwork. A great tennis athlete is one who rallies, attacks and defends with equal ability. You […]Read More >>