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Smarter shot selection is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.

High-level players use smart shot selection to maximize their chances of winning matches.

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  2. Thank you,
    Greetings from ILTA Tennis academy Delhi(India) .Your videos are brilliant and Fantastic. Keep up your superb work on the tennis front.

  3. One problem I have is against superior players. If I play safe I give them an easy winner, if I attack more I make mistakes. I do have good winning shots on both sides but my errors let me down too often.

  4. That's interesting to notice that there's a defensive shot down the line. Many advices say : when you're in defense, play long crosscourt. It's just impossible when you don't have enough time.

  5. great review of a point. loved it. Thanks I hit a lot of them out and I tell myself to allow some margin for error.

  6. Great video and a nice step-by-step analysis! Thumbs up 🙂
    Unrelated question: What video tools do you use for annotations/drawing? I'm working on something similar for a different sport.

  7. Weak analysis! Player 1's last shot is short and Player 2 stays chicken at 6'+ behind the baseline and tries to float a slice up the line. Question: Is he trying to win this point or is he player 1's hitting mule and being a good boy by not showing up his master? Player 2 's last shot attempt is a college freshman Directionals error.

  8. This is the best strategy and shot selection video i found on youtube as it analysis a real point play instead of telling theories which might be a bit difficult to grasp and put into playing. I really wish if you would regularly upload some other shot selection analysis videos.. Thanks a lot

  9. Have been laughing for years hearing TV analysts like Chris Evert, who should know better, say, "She's really going for the lines."  No, she isn't. Aiming for the lines would take her off the tour in about two weeks, as she would lose every match. Not even Roger can hit the line as a target, and "going for" the line would mean hitting about half of those shots OUT.  Good to hear someone talk some common sense here.

  10. Of all the online instructions and videos, I like your's the best. Perhaps you could do something on return of service, particularly for doubles.  Thanks, Robbie

  11. A nice vid, I know you like counter points and I have a bunch for this video.

    I have a different assessment rrt shot selection Florian, I not only do not think there were good choices at the club level, I also think they both made mistakes at the pro level, the only excuse they might have is that it's a practice set so they can practice some low percentage shots and try to get better at them for desperate situations

    Player one @ 3;56 makes a mistake imho, going down the line when he is faced with an outside out forehand, he is on defensive wrt court AND body position, as far as I can see, this is a big mistake for most players at any level, unless practicing.

    Outside out is usually a mistake unless you are in an offensive court position, (offensive, means good balance with a nice stable axis as you pointed out in an earlier tutorial, and inside the baseline with transfer of weight moving forward, NOT backward, with this choice the court is shorter, the net is higher, down the line is a MUCH smaller target, you are changing directions of the ball AND it's your weakest choice bio mechanically. (strongest choice bio-mechanically is cross body, though sometimes court geometry leaves plenty of margin for error, in this case court geometry is at odds with the choice).

    On top of that, you have left the majority of the court open and have to scramble to cover a strong cross court answer.

    There are SO many things wrong with that selection, the only reason to do it is if you own the shot, (some pros own it, most do not), or your opponents backhand is so weak it's worth the exchange, or, as in this vid,  you are in a practice set.

    The proper choice here is to reset, you are in defensive mode for court position, body position, and footwork, you need to neutralize, high cross court is the best choice at all levels so you can get you back into a good geometric.

    Another exception might be you think you are at SUCH a disadvantage your opponent can hit a winner off your reset choices, so you are desperate for an all or nothing.

    As typically happens when that choice is made, player 1 is now in lots of trouble and has to scramble to the open court. Predictable

    @ 4;31 player 2 makes an even bigger mistake, trying for a down the line chip while in defensive mode, outside out, thinnest part of the court, highest part of the net, shortest portion of the court, with the slowest stroke in his arsenal.

    Huge mistake imho and misses accordingly, if he makes what he attempted, he has lost all control of the point and will lose it most of the time a good majority of the time.

    counter points, hope you don't mind

  12. Great video!  It looks like, on the surface, a routine point, but you point out the many subtleties involved in how pro players approach their business on a shot-to-shot basis.  What you are saying reminds me of the Paul Annacone quote about hitting aggressive shots to conservative places- it's something we all need to remember instead of trying the "hero" shot.  Thanks again!  

  13. Pros, especially ATP, are able to hit with so much margin for error because of their high level of topspin. Their balls can land shorter than the baseline but the topspin will hit the ball back deep still raising as it crosses the baseline. Players who hit with less topspin need to aim deeper; although still there is no need to paint the lines.

  14. Excellent reminder that we as club players aim for lines that we can easily see, and not the empty space beside them that we don't see as readily.


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