The 3 R’s: Ready, Read, Respond of the Split Step

My experience with 32 years of coaching has made me realize that one of the most important aspects of junior development is having a consistent and correct Split Step! I see top ranked juniors that don't know how to split step correctly and or at the correct moment. The split step should be made just before your opponent makes contact and more importantly done every time no matter where you are on the court hat includes return of serve and volleys and overhead.

This makes for a well balanced tennis player whose first step, which is the most important, will be quicker to the ball. Balance vs Quickness. This is the reason the pros appear to make it look so easy . They create time for themselves through the use of a well timed split step.
By being READY, READING correctly and RESPONDING, you will create the time needed!

Juan Oscar Rios