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.