How Digital Technology And Analytics Improved My Tennis Game

In October, Bob Hilborn, the top professional at Scarborough East Tennis wrote an article for us about their tennis membership turning into the primary in Ohio to put in PlaySight know-how. Which, as a refresher, makes use of six cameras, three on every baseline, to document and digitally analyze every facet of a tennis match.

My identify is Jason Parks and I grew up enjoying tennis in Columbus, Ohio. I performed second singles in highschool and have performed in four.zero leagues ever since. Like most leisure gamers, there are days once I really feel nice about my recreation however the majority of the time I’m annoyed by my inconsistency.

I’m going to elucidate to you ways PlaySight has improved my recreation in a brief timespan. By analyzing the PlaySight knowledge, I used to be capable of make modifications to my recreation to enhance on every week to week foundation.

My identify is Jason Parks and I grew up enjoying tennis in Columbus, Ohio. I performed second singles in highschool and have performed in four.zero leagues ever since. Like most leisure gamers, there are days once I really feel nice about my recreation however the majority of the time I’m annoyed by my inconsistency.

I’m going to elucidate to you ways PlaySight has improved my recreation in a brief timespan. By analyzing the PlaySight knowledge, I used to be capable of make modifications to my recreation to enhance on every week to week foundation.

1. Serve

PlaySight will document each serve, the velocity of the ball, the spot the ball hit the courtroom and detailed studies on every set.

I by no means had an enormous serve. PlaySight made me understand that it was truly slower than I assumed. I’m barely capable of break eighty MPH. This was considerably miserable after the primary week that I performed however I made a decision to make use of PlaySight’s know-how to my benefit. (don’t fear, I didn’t lose any sleep over my sluggish serve).

Despite the fact that I don’t have a quick first serve, accuracy is my power. After wanting on the PlaySight knowledge, I noticed that I win nearly all of my factors once I hit it to the opponents backhand.

I made a decision that my serve velocity was irrelevant shifting ahead so long as my accuracy was on-level. Within the chart under, you’ll discover that in my first match (which I misplaced), my first serve proportion was at fifty four%. In each match since, I’ve progressively elevated my first serve with my private greatest exceeding seventy three%.

If it weren’t for PlaySight, I might have by no means even observed these tendencies.Serve Consistency

2. Internet Game

On a scale of 1-10, my confidence degree on the internet is a 5/10. I all the time choose to remain house on the baseline versus coming as much as the web to shut out the purpose. 

It wasn’t till I analyzed the PlaySight knowledge that I noticed that I gained extra video games once I approached the web greater than 20 occasions. 

Every week, I now pressure myself to return to the web extra typically because of PlaySight. 

It makes good sense that I win a excessive proportion of factors on the internet as a result of I sometimes solely strategy the web off of a strong shot to my opponents backhand. I’m lastly forcing myself to return to the web, which continues to spice up my confidence. 

Now I simply have to cease hitting my overheads into the web ?

three. Longer Rallies



Like I discussed earlier, I don’t have a strong serve. My lack of energy applies to different areas of my recreation as properly however I by no means realized this too typically earlier than PlaySight. 

I began to note a development that I might continually win nearly all of factors that went over 6 strokes. Under, you possibly can see a chart of my most up-to-date match, which I gained in a 3-set tiebreaker.

After noticing this development after every one among my matches, I made extra of a concerted effort to take the rallies longer. My velocity and return of serve is a power in my recreation and now I’ve knowledge to again me up on a technique to increase the purpose.

four. Room For Enchancment

Longer_RalliesLegendary coach Nick Bollettieri said the next in his tennis handbook: 

“When you concentrate on creating winners at each alternative, you’ll beat your self with errors in the long run. Nothing feels higher than hitting the outright winner, however nothing feels worse than turning an ideal alternative into an unforced error.”

After enjoying 5 matches utilizing the PlaySight know-how, I’ve forty two% % winner to unforced error ration. I discussed earlier that I get annoyed with my lack of consistency. PlaySight supplies me with a benchmark to continuously enhance my recreation as I’m now trying to exceed a 50% winners/unforced errors ratio throughout every certainly one of my matches.Winners_Unforced Errors

Earlier than PlaySight, after a win or loss, I’d analyze my recreation for a complete of 60 seconds earlier than turning on the radio in my automotive and shifting my focus to sports speak radio. 

The PlaySight Technology at Scarborough offers you with the chance to review and analyze my recreation. I’m able to dig into the important thing analytics to find out my strengths and weaknesses and regulate my recreation accordingly.

Moreover, there’s video footage which let’s watch the complete match to see whether or not or not I discover a development in lazy footwork throughout factors I lose versus photographs that I win. 

If I had this know-how once I was nonetheless in highschool, my tennis recreation might have gone to the subsequent degree. All aggressive tennis gamers ought to reap the benefits of PlaySight’s interactive SmartCourt know-how.


Jason Parks is former tennis participant and the proprietor of The Media Captain, a digital advertising company based mostly in Columbus.

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