With the French Open starting this week there is plenty for us to pick up while watching the matches that will help us improve our own game.
One technique you will see a lot on the clay at Roland Garros over the next two weeks is “THE LONG LAST STEP”. It’s a technique used by the top players to help with coordination, timing and balance as they move around the court to hit the ball.
When you run to hit a ball momentum is created. As you reach the ball that momentum has to be disciplined as you attempt to hit the ball
Because of the momentum of your body, this last step has to be longer than the other steps you used to reach the ball.
When you create a “Long LAST Step” you are trying to place a foot in a position that will support your momentum and balance you while you hit the shot.
This foot is called the contact foot and it needs to be wide…
What the best players do now is coordinate a Line from their head over top of their contact foot at the moment of contact.
This will give you perfect balance as you hit the ball which translates into consistent ground strokes.