The 3 tennis errors: acceptable, bad, and awful. -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 18
The 3 tennis errors: acceptable, bad, and awful.

Until I watched this from German teaching pro Florian Meier...

I believed that all errors were the same because they produce the same result--a lost point. But what Meier makes clear is that among the three ways to miss--short, wide, and long--one in particular exposes you to the least harm.

Awful: missing short. Obviously, a ball in the net is an immediate lost point. But even short balls that clear the net create a problem: an easy shot for your opponent and less time for you to react because of his close distance to you.

Bad: missing wide. First, there's a much smaller margin for error when aiming for the the court is about half as wide as it is long. Next, unless you're aiming for the absolute corner, you're usually placing the ball relatively short in the court...again spoon feeding your opponent with an easy ball. But finally, a wide ball gives your opponent the luxury of angles...angles which expose open court on both sides of you.

Acceptable: missing long. Florian notes that the pros miss long far more than they miss short and wide. And it makes sense after we looked at the consequences of aiming short or wide: you put yourself in a vulnerable position in both cases. But deep shots placed near the center of the court limit your opponents options, give you more time to react to his return, and are the most likely to produce a weak shot.

**From my recent blog post on singles strategy:

Robert Keppel
Creator of the VolleyCam
"The Easy Way to Film Tennis"
lendllendl is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome