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High-Percentage Tennis Tactics Guidelines: Directionals

Monday, April 20th, 2009

In this High-Percentage Tennis video, high-percentage groundstrokes are identified based on ball crossing or not crossing your body and relationship of ball and player.
if an incoming ball is outside shot as defined by shots that cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is no change of direction (C.O.D) of ball.
if an incoming ball is inside shot as defined by shots that do not cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is change of direction of ball.
high percentage groundstroke change direction guideline:
outside = no C.O.D
inside = C.O.D
For a down-the-line groundstroke, the high percentage shot is to hit the ball perpendicular (90 degree) to baseline. The shot aiming to the sideline is low percentage shot.
For players with inside-out forehand as a weapon, the high percentage shot is no C.O.D on deep inside-out forehand, and C.O.D on short inside-out forehand.

Point Situations

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Here is an outline of the unfolding of a typical point as described on acecoach.com for situation training of Game-based Approach (GBA).
Initiation: starting a point with serve or return of serve,
Build: trading shots from the baseline,
Advantage: taking charge of the point and pressuring the opponent,
Finish: closing out the point,
Stay-in: surviving the attack of an opponent or turning the point around when the opponent is challenging.
How well you play in each situation will contribute to your final winning percentage.

Situations to Start Game Points: Serve and Return of Serve

Monday, March 30th, 2009

For serve, the most important thing is to control the point, then eventually win the point, which means that you don’t allow your opponent to have an attacking shot back to you when you serve. For return of serve, the most important thing is to neutralize the serve. To see what situations you are in will help you identify what you can work on to improve your service games. Here is a list from the most to the least favorable situations for serve and return of serve.
For serve,
a) an outright ace or service winner;
b) one two punch — decent serve, followed by short or high float return, the server then moves in and puts away at the net; decent serve, followed by forced weak return, the server then moves inside the baseline and puts away;
c) decent serve, followed by decent return at middle, the server still controls the point with side by side groundstrokes or solid penetration shots to force opponent’s error or weak return, then wins the point;
d) decent serve, followed by decent return at middle, the server controls the point initially, but loses the control during rally by tentative shots or attacking shots from opponent, then loses the point;
e) serve, followed by effective return, the returner controls the point;
f) serve, followed by aggressive return with pace or placement, the server is forced to error, then loses the point;
g) double faults.
For return of serve,
a) server’s double faults;
b) returner’s outright winner or force that server makes error on return of service return;
c) returner takes control of the point by decent service return and puts the server on the defensive position, then the returner works on the point and win the point;
d) returner neutralizes serve and take away server’s service advantage, and gets equal chance to win the point;
e) returner’s forced error from serve;
f) returner makes unforced error on serve;
g) returner is aced.

Practice to Hit Winners with Control, not POWER

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Tennis match winning or losing is all about balance of control and power. We know that winning or losing of a match is determined by unforced errors other than winners most times. How many times we see players overplay and end up with unforced errors. In this article by Tom Veneziano as featured in Tennis Life Magazine, it clearly describes this common mindset of hitting winners: “It’s just human nature to want to do more on your winners when that magical moment occurs”, “They abandon control and go with power”.

In order to reset or reprogram this mindset, one needs to practice to Hit Winners with Control, not POWER: in your practice sessions, try hitting easy put away balls with minimum power, then gradually increase that power to reach so called “controlled aggression” as we often hear from tennis TV commentators.

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