Most players feel that they miss easy set-up shots because they have some glitch or technical problem with their swing. But usually, the root problem when approaching the ball is inadequate footwork and movement.
Without proper footwork, it is nearly impossible to move into the proper place to hit the ball squarely. The ball never stops moving, nor should the player’s feet.
It is not necessary to make huge strides or sprint to the ball. Instead, take small micro shuffles that keep your body aligned with the current position of the ball.
One of the best methods to improve your footwork is to begin a regime of skipping rope exercises.
To learn more about how to properly jump rope, see the Jump Rope Manifesto.
Here are some jump rope technique guidelines from the Jump Rope Manifesto:
- Jump on the balls of your feet
- Keep your knees slightly bent
- Keep your jumps to 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the ground
- Keep your elbows close to your sides
- Use your wrists to turn the rope, not your arms (very common mistake)
- Keep your head straight and looking forward
- Keep your upper body relaxed, not tense
- Focus on keeping your shoulder blades retracted
- Control your breathing