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Pattern Recognition in Tennis–READ THEM Think Don’t Just Play #1

October 24, 2019

half of tennis is about getting to notice any patterns making adjustments while you play as you watch that first point do you notice any patterns this is where breaking the court into thirds. Really improves your analysis of what is going on during the match good players control area 2 bad players will not really allows you to categorize the shot selection if you watch the point again and you break the court into thirds see how the guy in the orange zone 2 and it kind of zones 1 and zone 3 more than the others see how court is divided and how the points play out and how the patterns are a little bit more noticeable you need to quantify your analysis when you’re playing sometimes it’s difficult to do this and incorporate in a match dividing the court into thirds it really helps with your analysis try it again and watch it break the court into thirds you can further analyze what’s going on and it really helps you when you’re playing a match first serve, he goes to zone 1 right there trying to avoid the middle he nailed that forehand and he goes to the slice trying to get it to the backhand also but hitting a middle shot like that, if he had hit that backhand slice and the guy hit a winner, then you know you have to totally avoid the middle even in the case right here you can tell he made the person move so by having the thought process way to look at the court in terms of thirds you can control the center of the court it will help your analysis and simplify things avoid the middle avoid hitting to the middel go middle you go corner and I like this exchange because you have a lot of things going on this match is very high level it really serves the purpose helping people analysis analyze pattern recognition in the course of a point when your opponent does this nail the forehand, when you hit it that hard you know you have to avoid that side Dan(super dan) does the right thing, he goes slice backhand and he retreats behind the baseline ready for the next shot deflect the power it’s in the middle, but Dan covers the court behind the baselineso he can nail the shot but the guy goes right to him so now Dan has a choice, he goes to the backhand zone 3 from the middle zone 2 to zone 3, play the backhand he just hits it right back to him (Dan) so when he does that (dan) makes him run higher level players you need to make them move take a step not enough to play one side (the weakness) You have to hit balls on the move to give a ball to someone like Dan again, he will go for a winnner that’s what he does and that’s what you want give you a ball. Do something with the ball hit hard, but must move the ball. and you also learn zone 2 with slice, and he will hit the ball sometimes you put the ball in the middle with slice and your opponent will hit a winner if they’re that good when you step in for a shot, step in control the middle of the court middle shot, step in if you’re on defense, step back behind the baseline and recover get ready for the next point when you have a choice forehand go to the backhand make them move step in make them move one point you can learn alot avoid the fh play the bh use the slice to the middle if you have to all down the lines get a crosscourt drive and recover behind the line one simple point you learn alot it really helps you to have those divide the court into thirds. in terms of analysis tennis is a thinking game problem with tennis is when you are in there by yourself playing a match by yourself you have to have your formulate a strategy and record the simple things in your head break the court into thirds keep the ball out of the middle good way to start hitting crosscourt to start a match high percentage keep balls in play. make your opponent come to you really test them out first part of break the court into thirds control the middle of the court


  • Reply Randy Zeitman May 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

    So then I have to ask … in singles, is there any situation where one would want to hit to the middle third? (whereas in doubles you'd want that … and areas 1 and 6, dividing the court into six sections).

  • Reply Stéphane Surprenant July 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Usually, players send down the line balls cross-court. However, you can be sure that with players of the above level, they'll go back down the line every now and then to make sure the opponent remains honest with his footwork.

    This is like watching pros hitting inside forehands. Normally, they go cross-court (inside-out) to target the backhand of their opponent and keep the down the line (inside-in) option as a final blow. You will on occasion see them seemingly blow up an opportunity to attack the backhand of their opponent by going down the line right away. One of the purpose here is to make sure the opponent in question can't perfectly foretell where they will hit the ball.

    The better your opponents, the better they are at spoting habits and sequences of shots you like to use and the more you have to bother about variety.

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