Do you dread the net? Here’s how to move like a natural and be an asset to your double partner (instead of a hindrance)! Learn how to be the doubles partner everyone wants with this coaching series – Click Here! Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching! Short Court| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 23 Comments Mike March 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply Great clear explanation of a simple concept in mamageable pieces. Now to thecourt to try it out. Thanks all. Keep up the great work putting the game we love into fundamental pieces and habit-aids. Paul March 11, 2016 at 4:50 am - Reply …. just SUPER!!!!! Ian Westermann April 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply Thank you, Paul. Means alot. don March 10, 2016 at 12:45 am - Reply that was great…timing,movement….stop the wandering…! John Li March 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply May I know what is the reason for moving backward? Giving more angle to our partner? Lynn March 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply Ira, you explained that so well! I've been working to become a more aggressive net player but find myself out of position frequently. I think this will help! Thanks again! Lynn Joe Thurkill March 9, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply Ian, I see you are hitting with a Wilson Classic 6.1 95. How do you like it and what made you pick up that racquet? I have had one for around 20 years. Joe March 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply This vid to me is half way there. What about when during this x-court rally to poach in and put the ball away? Danielle March 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply Great video Ira. Reinforces what we covered in Costa Rica as far as the movement following the ball but adding the bounce / hit and rhythm is helpful. Javier March 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply Great instructional video, the demonstration of the bounce-hit concept was very helpful in understanding the importance of timing when playing the net at doubles. Redbird Craig March 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply Very interesting. I never thought about connecting to the rhythm of the point using verbal cues that way. I play a lot of dubs and one of my (many) weaknesses is timing the pinching of the net and I think this will help me a lot. Thanks, Ira! Terry Smith March 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Reply Great instruction! This is the first time I have seen anything demonstrating how to effectively move back and forth with the ball and how to fit the split step into that process. Ian Westermann March 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply Glad you enjoyed it, Terry. Brent March 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply I think this is going to be really helpful, Ira. I sometimes have trouble with my split step timing, in spite of Ian’s excellent split step series, and I’m sometimes guilty of zoning out during doubles rallies. Integrating the old bounce-hit timing drill may help with both of those problems. The timing could be more complicated than you demonstrate, depending upon pace and shot selection, but being engaged in an athletic position sure beats ‘not thinking’ and being static, even if the split occurs early. Thanks for the lesson folks. Ian Westermann March 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply The key is making it an unconscious habit, Brent! Sachin March 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply Thanks! Great video. Question: why do you move backwards? Might that cause you to get caught hitting the volley without forward momentum? Ian Westermann March 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply Not if you move forward again as Ira demonstrated. "Follow the ball"! george March 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply Excellent concept to help develop a subconscious rhythm! thanks. Noushin March 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply Many thanks for sharing your experience! Don McDonald March 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply An excellent lesson. I am reading a fascinating book, "Deep Survival" about why people survive life or death situations. What it comes down to is that the default human state is not thinking, we rely on habit rather than thinking in almost every situation. This is especially true in life and death situations which is how we tend to treat tennis. I have just started the book, but I think you could think of rhythm as a method of changing your habit to insure that when the pressure is on we do not freeze but instead carry on as per usual. At any rate, I am going to follow the ball with my feet. In a way, at the baseline we follow the future ball with our feet. Ian Westermann March 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply Fascinating tie-in, Don. Thanks for sharing! Richard March 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply Very good lesson I have always use the Bounce hit method myself Ian Westermann March 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply Glad you enjoyed it, Richard.