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Slyboogy

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Backing Away/Playing on backfoot
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:43:16 AM »

Hi All,

Been a while since I've been on here.

Since last year, I've developed this issue of backing away or playing on the backfoot near enough every ball. My shots become limited as either it's through mid wicket, or from cover to third man, I'm not sure what has caused it, whether it be pace or spin, I find myself playing it as late on the backfoot as much as possible.

When trying to play on the front, I am more likely to get bowled or to edge it which happens to be the case even when I practice.

Anyone got any ideas?
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Re: Backing Away/Playing on backfoot
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 02:33:35 AM »

So no one with any suggestions then?  :o
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Re: Backing Away/Playing on backfoot
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 03:29:35 AM »

Sounds like a lack of confidence, which can really only be cured through practice.

I'm the opposite - find myself always on the front foot, even for cut shots.
I attribute it to the way I practice.  With no-one to bowl to me, I had a ball on a string hanging from the shed roof.  It's a great way to practice front foot movement, getting your foot just inside the line of the ball, and hitting with a straight bat through the line of the ball.
Every time you hit the ball, go back to you initial batting stance, then step forward for the next one - repeat.
All the usual stuff applies.  Head level and steady, knees slightly bent, front elbow out, weight evenly balanced, take a good step forward, staying low and keeping the back foot grounded.
After doing this a while, your front foot shots might come more subconsciously.
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