Tennis Split Step Timing, Execution And Drills


The timing of the split step is not easy to master that’s why this video shows you some practical drills for improving your split steps.

The usual advice on when to hop in the air is that you should do it when your opponent hits the ball but as you will see you actually initiate a split step before the contact.

You’ll also learn that jumping into a split step is not really a high jump but more of a hop and that it often times happens just off one foot.

The key is the landing – you should land already knowing where the ball is going so that you can immediately push off in that direction.

You can easily train better split steps with the jump rope and following the drills in the video above.

Get your split step timing right and you’ll see how much quicker you’ll be off the mark.

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  • Does the split step become like muscle memory or are you just like always conscious doing it? Anyone know?

    FatNewb March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I came here cuz Haikyuu

    Iyan 7 March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Fantastic video. After 30 years of tennis my split step was only made by me when my opponent serve

    Peppino Acrivulis March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I’m here because of haikyuu 😅😅😅

    mylittle Mexican friend March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Split stepping …. so, so important yet so easy to overlook! Good job Tomaz!

    Kashif Ansari March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Many thanks! A great video about split step!

    Adrian Yu-Hung Lin March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Great video! What are you using as your cue to split step? Are you focusing on the opponent's body, their racket or the ball when timing the jump/landing?

    Max Renn March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • excellent tips

    Philip Ng March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Football goalkeepers do the same thing aren't they? Even in handball I think.

    chess brilliance March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I just get frozen watching the opponent play. No matter what I cant remember to split step. Any tips?

    Dirty Harry March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Thank you …for video and last instruction

    Somvir Dalal March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • This is a great lesson. Your self analysis of your ideas through clear description of what the key elements are is the right way to do it. The special focus on when to do it in relation to knowing where the ball is going is very key- because that is what players want to know. Truly helpful.

    Balaji Bhaskar March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I meant to say incorrectly , oops.

    Dale Light March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • As a professional coach I truly appreciated this video and teaching. It is in my opinion one of the most neglected and correctly understood part of tennis training!

    Dale Light March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Many thanks for all the great videos, Tomaz! A question for you: what should one's eyes be focusing on in order to time the split correctly? The ball, the opponent's racket or the opponent's body movements (which may betray their intentions for the following shot)?

    Max Renn March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Rocked it yet again

    HakWilliams March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • we love you Tomas best for the split step

    flixyzax March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I really love your videos Tomas. They are very usuable and realistic for an amateur player

    Paul van den Hoven March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • as always u are the best

    Michele Toblini March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Teaching Soooooo Good! Thanks A lot

    Avenger Tennis March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Thanks

    plm kon March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • great content as always

    Sean T. March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • A very effective way to improve your tennis from the fundamental i.e. preparation, thank you.

    Eddie Yuen March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Phenomenal

    Кристиан Паев March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Kinda, sorta, no cigar.

    brainfree March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Best coach of tennis

    Nihar P March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • you are a true professional. thanks for the immaculate instruction.

    Joel Hamm R.Ac. March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • but the height of the split step can vary according to the situation on the point. For eg high when u are defending (have seen Murray do it quite often), low when have no time (running from one corner to another without having much time ) and normal ?

    Ricky Watson March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • They say it all. Outstanding Thomas. Simply the best lessons.

    Dieter Volkmer March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Thank you, this is what I'm looking for since a moment 🙂

    RUZENLOL March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • 8 minutes that will benefit my entire life during tennis session. Thanks!

    G ZC March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • You are the best. Keep working with tis videos. Helps a lot!!!!!

    Jorge Sanabria March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Where are you located, Tomas? I need to send my son to you. Thanks again for another great lesson.

    T Tran March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I think these calculations are not a good way to teach split step. Your last drills were quite helpful though and kinda made up the baffling calculations in the first place. I assume you need to use the player's own ability and recognition to calculate and find the right timing for him/herself. However, you've got to remind them from time to time to execute their split step on every shot and preparation and not to stay there like a solid stick! By the way the environment of the court is quite haunting and picturesque. Which country it is?

    Hamed Zaeima March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • These lessons and drills are amazing! Holy shit, if only my highschool tennis coach knew this. I would've grew as a player a lot faster. The idiot wanted us freshman to use a continental forehand wtf??? I understand eastern, but continental???

    Pukes March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • thank you sir, really needed that
    thanks a lot

    tajender singh March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • I'll be using this for volleyball~

    Leandrah 93 March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • This is really a great lesson. I loved it thakyou very much.

    Yash Mane March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Very helpful video,Precise informations are always most reassuring.Thanks.

    Fiorenzo Marin March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Another excellent video, thank you.

    didanhtennis March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Excellent!! I don't think I've seen a more comprehensive video on the split step.

    SeeSaw444 March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • your lessons are great!

    greentea March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • u back in singapore anytime soon? would like to book some lessons

    TIM March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the helpful video. Question : What cues from your opponent do you use to determine which direction to push off towards?

    Ethan E Matthes March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Wow, fabulous video. Nicely done!

    Chuck Coleman March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Outstanding practical advice and demonstration.Quality instruction.

    Jeremy K March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • Thank You .

    tahmida sarian ahsan March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • If I understand the "orthodox" theory of the split step, it is necessary to rise slightly off the ground in order to "load" the legs and provide greater ("explosive") lateral acceleration from the standing position. Being an older player I find that continual split stepping in this fashion both hard on the back and somewhat of an energy drain in a long match. This got me thinking about the necessity for taking a small upward jump rather than simply dropping quickly into a short crouch.

    If dropping without first jumping is done with the feet fairly wide apart there is plenty of support for an explosive lateral movement. Trying both methods of split stepping, I find that the "drop without initial jump" at least 90% as effective in loading the legs.

    I also started to question this orthodoxy of "loading the legs" for explosive lateral acceleration. I think it is quite obvious when you observe the functioning of your legs that the loading of the legs, which involves the firing of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles is most advantageous in vertical (forward/backward) motion and only marginally important in lateral motion, the latter involving other "core" muscles. I suspect that the real benefit of "loading" for lateral acceleration is the semi-crouch position which lowers the center of gravity and gives more stability for explosive movements both laterally and vertically.

    Also, what seems to receive less attention is that either method of split stepping causes one to shift the balance more forward (toward the toes), reducing the flat footed posture we have when just standing. Trying to move explosively from a flat footed posture seems more difficult that doing so from a more forward posture. From the standpoint of getting more on the toes, either method of split stepping seems as good as the other.

    Finally, if we can dispense with the initial jump, it is easier to time the split step and to execute it much more quickly.

    So, if I am correct, shouldn't we execute the split step by dropping quickly rather than jumping and dropping?

    George Oberlander March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply
  • so basic, and so well done; thanks!

    wegtennis March 31, 2020 10:18 pm Reply

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