Callie Jo Smith is a former Division I tennis player at the University of Utah who teaches both tennis and pickleball when she’s not traveling on the PPA Tour.
It always makes me laugh, but one of the first things people tell me when they come to learn more about pickleball is how much they love my “Callie feet”—how much I bounce and move my feet on the court. Now, I’ll admit that I probably move my feet a bit more than most, but every good pickleball player knows how to move their feet correctly on the court.
Good footwork and movement are crucial to staying in balance and hitting better shots. When you can move your body and feet in correct position, it’s easier to contact the ball out in front of you, which increases the control of the shots you hit. Footwork and positioning also allow players to remain balanced, which helps them recover quicker and prepare for the next ball.
How can you train to get “quick feet” on the court? Ladder drills are a great way to improve footwork because they help strengthen the joints, ligaments, and tendons in your lower extremities, improve balance and coordination, and increase quickness, speed and agility performance.
And best of all, these can be done on the court, at home, or at the gym to improve your footwork and movement.