Video clips have been created specifically to help illustrate the products and ways in which the user interacts for improving footwork and movement skills.
Videos include some of the best professional tennis players demonstrating how they use and make the Sport Split Step an integral part of their technique. Several videos illustrate students from all age and skill sets working with our training devices.
We hope you find the video clips to be instructive and informative. Feel free to comment on what types of videos you would like to see us post in the future, as we would like to interact and answer any questions that we can.
Baghdatis vs Hewitt at the Aussie 2010 Open The Coach series of products can simulate Professional Tennis Players and thus provide athentic timing and movements based on these players. These simulations are then used to generate training drills for the beginner, intermediate and advanced athletes.
Computer Practice with SSC Imagine being able to practice the timing for a tennis shot in front of your computer. Using this video, a player is cued when to LOAD their legs, HOP into the air, READ the direction of ball, LAND on the opposite foot, MOVE to the hitting location, and then HIT an imaginary ball with a swing of the arm. This develops sensory-motor pathways (muscle memory) and aerobics all at the same time, and you don’t have to go to the club.
Using a Playmate and Timing Light This can be a great way to learn the Split Step for tennis. In this video we see 4 teaching professionals using a Playmate Serve & Volley PAD along with a Timing Light on the ball machine to practice shots while learning the correct timing for the split step.
One of the most difficult moves The initial move in any sport is critical to maximizing acceleration in any direction. Teaching or learning this move in tennis can now be accomplished with a NEW product called the Timing Light. Integrated into a tennis ball machine this Timing Light allows the player to prepare for executing the split step, thus improving your speed and movement on the tennis court.
Split Step Coach Series Learning the Split Step for sports can be quicker if the movement can be broken down into ‘chunks’ and each of the moves practiced individually and then brought together. SSC provides this ’chunking’ and the user can repeat drills with increasing difficulty as the muscle and brain pathways are developed.
Soldering vs. Nadal French 2009 The Timing Light has been overlaid ontop of slow motion video of Soderling's split step, which allows the viewer to appreciate the precise timing as related to the timing LEDs, necessary for high quality performance.
RED YELLOW GREEN Types of balls can add a new level of skill to moving on the court as seen with Djokovic vs Nadal in this particular point. An animation of the Split Step Coach has been overlaid ontop of the players and shows the correleation between player movements for different types of balls. For example, RED balls represent agressive balls (response should be defensive) from the opponent, YELLOW balls are rally balls and GREEN balls (response should be to attack) are weak responses from your opponent.
World Series 2012 Sandoval and Cabrera demonstrate that professional baseball players do a split step that is similar if not exactly like the split step by athletes in tennis. Unfortunately Cabrera does not have the proper timing and the video demonstrates the dire consequences. Sandoval on the other hand times his split step better with very good results, but neither have developed the perfect timing to maximize the acceleration to the ball.
Texas A&M vs Tennesse Baseball In tennis, the players at the net, like the in-fielders in baseball have to be quick off the ball because they are close to the persons striking the ball and neither have much time. Players at the baseline, like outfielders in baseball have to be quick off the ball so as to move laterally, up or back to cover the greater distances involved from those positions. It makes one wonder if the preparation and timing of these initial movements should be different for either position in either sport? And, to get the maximum advantage would it be smart to start all movements at the earliest possible moment after the player determines the direction of the ball?
Super Regional's Georgia & Cal Bears The Split Step in baseball can be utilized by many collegiate athletes and can improve there competitive skills when this simple technique is learned. This video captures an excellent example of the split step and the remarkable catch by a 3rd base player.
Doubles Point at US OPEN 2009 The game of doubles requires some very quick hands, but notice the feet of the players in this clip. Here we see 4 doubles players reacting at incredible speeds to make for one of the most exciting point at the 2009 US OPEN.
Teaching the Split Step can be fun If the basic understanding and timing can be demonstrated to the athlete, then the task of the Teaching Pro can be made much easier. Use of these tools will help your athletes shorten the learning curve and perfect their split step in a much shorter time.
Karlovic Serve & Volley against Nadal The game of Serve & Volley is almost non-existent in today's tennis game, but when a player has a serve as big as Karlovic it is fun to watch. When executing the serve and volley the split step timing is most critical as the player is moving into the net from the baseline. Notice the variability in Karlovic's split step and compare that to the precise timing of Nadal.
Nadal vs Marty Learning to serve and volley requires slowing down a process that occurs very quickly and seeing what happens at different times during the process of serving and volleying; this video provides that information. Training tools are now available for you and your player to view timing during an actual point.
Developing the Serve Swing Ball Machines with Timing Lights can be used for many things; in this particular example we are teaching the full tennis service swing to a 8 year old student. Notice that the ball toss has been eliminated so that she can develop the muscle memory for just the swing. The next step in the process will include an imaginary ball toss that will be timed to the swing of the racket. Once these two muscle groups have been timed and trained, the student is ready for tossing a real ball.
Nadal vs Monfils 2009 OPEN All professional tennis players and many athletes in other sports capitalize on the split step. Here we have overlaid the Timing Light, used with a Playmate ball machine and the Split Step Coach, to simulate the key movements of Nadal. These timings are then used in drills implemented in the Split Step Coach series of products.
For All Ages Playmate's Serve & Volley PAD and Timing Light makes for some fun doubles practice even at age 91. These teaching tools allow the novice, intermediate and advanced players to progress in an orderly fashion towards being the best they can be.
Learning to Serve & Volley If you have the proper teaching tools the player can repeat the same drill multiple times for developing muscle memory. These tools can be adjsuted to push the student just beyond their limits so that the student can continue to do 'perfect practice' while progressing at their own speed, this is what ‘DEEP’ Training is all about.