How to Practice (the 4 areas)


Jorge Capestany discusses HOW and WHAT to practice.

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  1. Rick Willett
    August 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm · Reply

    Coach Jorge,

    This is a good reinforcement for how significant movement is on the court
    up and back, side to side, short steps getting prepped for shots on the run.

    Thank you for this informative video.

  2. Ellen
    August 7, 2017 at 12:08 am · Reply

    Thank you! Always good usable information.

  3. Shawn
    August 5, 2017 at 10:01 pm · Reply

    Could movement also be considered part of technique? You have swing technique and footwork/movement technique? Earlier this week I went down to the WTA Bank of the West Classic at Stanford to watch the qualifiers and you do see the players working with their coaches on footwork drills, etc.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm · Reply

      Hey Shawn, yes I think moving to definitely be considered part of technique. You could actually look at the technical breakdown of people’s footwork and do it that way

  4. Dee
    August 4, 2017 at 5:59 am · Reply

    Thanks coach. Good vid, I like even the short clips you put online because they’re right to the point, no wasted time.

    Unrelated: Last night we had a lively discussion at the club, one side said it is, the other said it is not beneficial hitting with players that are not as good as you are. What’s your take? Don’t you improve each time you hit a ball, no matter who you are playing with?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm · Reply

      I would like for about 60% of the matches be with people of similar skill level. Meaning that either player could win. Then I prefer 30% of the matches be against people that you are supposed to beat, so that way you feel the pressure. And 10% of the time I recommend you play someone who’s quite a bit better than you so you can see what they have that you don’t. That’s a good formula I’ve been using with my own players that works pretty well.

  5. Dean Stansell
    August 4, 2017 at 12:12 am · Reply

    I totally agree you must train all these areas with mental side very much under coached. Try and emphasis all areas in my drills and game play segments of the sessions.

  6. Jai
    August 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm · Reply

    Coach I think I agree and disagree with Chris a little bit because I believe that tennis is a function of training not a function of trying…

  7. Larry Berland
    August 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge. I look forward to the videos due to the information that they contain. Any quick keys as to how you train your players to practice? Thanks Larry

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 3, 2017 at 11:07 pm · Reply

      I have an entire course on that but generally, I teach them that they have practice on their own and when they do they should practice the 5 play situations. These are the ONLY 5 things we ever do when we play and they include:

      1) Serving
      2) Returning
      3) Baseline Play
      4) Net Play
      5) Passing shots & Lobs

  8. Robert (Bob) Bernstein
    August 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm · Reply

    Thanks for all you do. I recently watched the video comparing the forehands of Murray and Fognini and have a couple questions. 1.) It appears they have a similar grip, is that correct. 2.) Both players hit the ball at the bottom of the racquet as it comes through; is this proper? Again Thanks

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm · Reply

      1) I do think they have very similar grips (semi western)
      2) They both hit the strings in the lower half of the racket face and that is also very common.

  9. Raul Fernandez
    August 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm · Reply

    Great stuff as always Coach! I would add just one more “area” or, maybe, you would consider this part of the “mental toughness development.” I really try to keep my kids thinking about body language on the court. Give yourself a fist pump after a good shot, but never show negative emotion after an error.

  10. Christopher Tran
    August 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    You just hit the topic that is very close to my heart. I found that it’s not the players but it’s the coaches who are not training the players on how to practice. The other topic is how to prepare for their match, starting with a warm up.

    I would love for you to set that discussion. I would also would love to meet up with you one day and maybe have a round table with the coaches.

    Thank you,

    Chris Tran

  11. Dee Henry
    August 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm · Reply

    Well done!

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