How To Stop Foot Faulting | Tennis Serve Lesson

How To Stop Foot Faulting | Tennis Serve Lesson

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In today’s video, I’m gonna show you how
to stop foot faulting on your serve. Foot faults on the serve occur at every level
of the game from the recreational players all the way to professional
players and there is one specific type of foot fault that takes place at the
recreational level and I’m going to get to that later and also show you how to
fix it but first let’s talk about what kind of foot faults you see at the pro
level. One type of foot fault that happens infrequently at the pro level is one
where the back foot will step over the middle line and this affects players
that number one have a very wide stance and also stand very close to the line. So
if I serve like this in a platform stance, this is considered a foot fault
because my back foot crossed the middle line. And one player that was affected by this
type of foot fault was Marat Safin. So please remember if you happen to have a
platform stance to give yourself enough space so that that back foot doesn’t
cross the middle line on your serve. Another type of foot fault that’s very
common at both the recreational level and the pro level is when players are
standing on the line prior to the service motion. At the recreational level
you’ll see more extreme cases of this when players are standing inside the
baseline prior to the serve. And this is a mistake that can very
easily be avoided just simply check and make sure that the foot is not close to
the line prior to your serve. Give yourself a little bit of space so that there’s
absolutely no chance that the foot is touching the baseline. Now some players
will remedy this by standing way behind the baseline and this is very unnecessary.
Just give yourself about an inch between the tip of your front foot and the baseline and that is sufficient to prevent you from foot faulting in this manner.
And finally the most common type of foot fault at the recreational level is the
moving of the front foot in the middle of the service motion And you’ll see this type of foot fault
even at the pro level not necessarily where players are stepping over the line
prior to the contact but more just a slight movement of the front foot inside
the service action. And the solution to this problem where
it makes it absolutely impossible for that front foot to move lies inside your
serve rhythm. And this is how you’re gonna prevent this foot fault from
happening. So basically, you’re going to have to transfer the weight onto your
front foot prior to your take back. So basically, you’re going to bounce the
ball and now you’re going to shift the weight onto your back foot and now as
you toss the ball up you need to shift the weight back onto your front foot and
now as you toss the ball your racket is gonna start going up and as the racket
goes up you’re gonna start shifting all your weight to the front foot, get on the
balls of your feet where the heel is off the ground and now the back foot is gonna
do the same thing and you’re gonna bend your knees slightly and now as you
accelerate you’re gonna go up towards the ball. The majority of times a player commits
this type of foot fault is a stepping of the front foot when the racket goes up. Something like this, so the racket will go up the player steps in
and that makes contact. So if you apply pressure to the front
foot as your toss goes up and now consequently the racket will start going
up from a lag and as the racket goes up you start applying the pressure towards
the tip of your front foot you get the heel up this makes it absolutely
impossible to take a step. When we take a step we do it from the heel to the toe.
Now as we are applying pressure to the front part of the foot, this front foot
is set into the ground and it makes it absolutely impossible to foot fault from
this position. I hope this video can help you to stop
foot faulting. If you have any questions please leave a comment in the section
below, hit that like button and subscribe if you haven’t already. I’ll see you next
time.

7 thoughts on “How To Stop Foot Faulting | Tennis Serve Lesson”

  1. Stepping on or inside the baseline with the front foot is the most common type of foot fault.
    Here is what you need to do if you have this problem:

    🎾 Transfer weight on your back foot while the toss and hitting arm are inside the baseline

    🎾 Initiate the toss while simultaneously transferring weight onto your front foot

    🎾 As the racquet starts approaching the trophy phase apply pressure towards the tip of the front foot

    🎾 The front foot is now set firmly into the ground and it is impossible to take a step from this position

    💪

  2. Hi Nikola, Another very informative video (I personally didn’t know that crossing the middle line is a foot fault). I especially like your suggestion on how the weight should go from back leg to the front leg. Excellent suggestion. Thank you!

    Regarding the foot fault on the recreational level. I have never seen this being called; even though I am sure it occurs quite often. The fact of the matter is that during the recreational match neither player is watching for the foot fault. The server is praying that the ball goes in; and the receiver is praying that the serve misses 🙂

  3. If you put a pressure (weight) on front foot during tossing what happened to advice to use your back foot to lunge yourself up when serving ?

  4. Thanks for the video and focusing on this issue.
    Not sure I understand the fourth kind of foot fault.
    Federer frequently lifts his left foot off the ground during the racquet takeback.
    After doing this, he sometimes places the left foot down for a more closed stance on the ad side for a second serve, so he is moving his left foot mid-serve.

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