Archimedes on Footwork

Greek mathematician and scientist, Archimedes said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” Translating that into tennis terms, I would say, “Good footwork will let you hit the shot you want.”

So many of the shots we miss – ground strokes, volleys, overheads – are due to poor footwork. We just don’t take the time and effort to REALLY move our feet to get the body in correct position to hit an offensive shot.

Think of all the times you feel “out of balance” or are leaning to reach the ball or it is too close to your body. All those times, your body weight is not balanced and centered to allow you to really plant your back foot and move forward through the ball.

On the other hand, picture Roger Federer and how he always seems to be “in balance” and his body weight moving forward to create “effortless offense.”

So if you make the extra effort to get your feet in the correct position, you are more likely to hit the shot deeper and with more pace … and shorten the point. Work harder to work shorter.

Archimedes would be proud of you.

3 thoughts on “Archimedes on Footwork

  1. To All, George, It all makes sense. Anytime I step up my Core Training and/or indoor footsol soccer workouts my Tennis and Softball games elevate. These two cross training workouts increase my endurance / balance / core muscles and footwork – and translate to better performance all around.

    Rambo – Look forward to seeing you soon at Newk’s! george

  2. George, this is an unrelated comment, please post it accordingly. I have noticed many times that John McEnroe in his commentary uses the word “nonplussed” as if he thinks it means that a person isn’t at all bothered by something. In fact, the “non-plussed” means exactly the opposite — that someone is perplexed, baffled, at a loss of what to say. How can we inform John that his language in this regard is incorrect?

    Andrew – even as an English major in college, i wasn’t sure, so looked it up. Surprisingly, you are BOTH Correct… non·plussed/nänˈpləst/ Adjective:

    (of a person) Surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react.
    (of a person) Unperturbed.

  3. According to the book “Born to Run,” we’re all hard wired to conserve energy so we’re fighting our natural instincts all the time

    Bill – and some of us are much more successful doing that than others! george

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