The Footworker Pro is a unique, micro-processor controlled device designed for all levels of squash players to improve both movement (foot work) around the squash court and fitness. In other words, the Footworker Pro is designed to help you perform ghosting routines more effectively. The Footworker Pro is designed for four different skill levels, progressing from Level D to Level A. Level D is for the novice player where the rally is relatively short and the time between hits are longer allowing the player more time to move to the indicated position and to return to the T. The higher the level, the longer and quicker are the rallies. The number of hits at each level (length of rally) is also random within a certain range depending on the level set. There is a ten-second break between rallies. A game can be simulated by doing several consecutive rallies. There is also a turbo mode, a front only, and a back only mode.
The Footworker Pro, which is normally placed on the front of the squash court, has an array of 10 lights positioned on the device to reflect the typical positions from where a squash ball is hit. When a particular light is illuminated the player moves to that position on the court and hits an imaginary ball from that position. Once the level has been set by the coach or player, the Footworker Pro runs automatically. It then produces a properly timed pseudo-random pattern of flashing lights designed to simulate a rally. With constant practice with the Footworker Pro, efficient foot work will be developed and fitness will be improved.
Key Benefits of Footworker
A player can practice without the help of a coach or another player to direct his movement on the court.
- It is almost impossible to guess which position the imaginary ball is going to next. This means that the player is forced to return to the T to await the next shot instead of anticipating and moving straight to the next position which the player has predetermined by himself or herself, or by cues from the coach.
- The Footworker-Pro is designed such that the length of a rally is random within a certain range and hence cannot be predicted beforehand forcing the player to keep on their toes and to keep running until the rally ends.
- Progress can be more easily measured and tracked.
The FootworkerTM-S is a highly effective conditioning tool. It can be used for increasing an athlete’s stamina, quickness, and reaction time, all in a single training session – Jeremy Butt, B. Kin, C.S.C.S., Director of Sports Conditioning, La Salle College, PA. Read more testimonials here
|Power Source:||4 x 1.5V AA Batteries|
|Lights:||Super bright LEDs|
|Size:||15 x 11 x 1.5 inches|
The Footworker-Pro was developed by the engineering team of Dr. Leonard Lye, PEng, and Chris Butt of Com-Adv Devices Inc. with advice from Dr. Nick Krouglicof of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Dave Behm, former squash professional and Professor of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University, Canada, Glenn Stark, Canadian Junior Women’s coach, and David Palmer, 2-time World and 4-time British Open champion. It has also been tested by many players of different abilities from beginners to top professionals, and coaches ranging from club coaches to national coaches.