Lmao. Don't come to me for footwork advice. My FH is solid and my BH deep and consistent. Plus my serve is really coming round. But the thing that prevents me from moving forward (
) in my game and results is footwork. Footwork is absolutely crucial. Even if your strokes are being hit in a technically sound way, if you are lunging for the ball, or even slightly off balance, the effectiveness and accuracy of your shot falls.
I agree pretty much with Mr.Sparkle. In the first year of playing tennis you eventually get the hang of hitting technically good strokes on both sides, even if you're not doing it consistently. But footwork is always a mess.
Shorter, controlled steps are the key. Obviously you shouldn't enter a match thinking about tiptoeing everywhere, so you have to train yourself in practice with things such as shuttle runs and agility ladders.
Footwork is also important because of the different stances required for different shots. When coming forward to hit a ball DTL, or put away a midcourt short ball, you need to have excellent footwork, as this is often the thing that determines whether your advantage is converted into a point, or whether you hit the short ball over the baseline
Being side on with the ball is best when going DTL, but you can't be too close to the ball either. Big steps won't get you into position, quick small steps will.
It sounds like you're not the best mover. But don't worry, every time you play, it will improve