Personal vs Genric Percentages


Master Professional Jorge Capestany discusses the difference between personal and generic percentages..

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  1. Christophe jousse
    July 24, 2019 at 4:25 pm · Reply


    Thanks Jorge, i have a question though.

    What do you account in personal percentage ?
    A usually tuff move but one you succeed in DOING like forehand down the Line ( compare to the “regular” one = crosscourt ) or one you are successful with i.e. WINNING points ??

    Actually, asking that i realize that it’s kind of the same for me as my down the line forehand are good and winning points ( at the end) compared to my crooscourt forehand that usually end up un the net ….😢

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 25, 2019 at 8:51 pm · Reply

      I guess my measure is if I’m making the shot and but ultimately if I’m winning points it’s well. If I’m just putting the ball in play but not winning points, I would not call that a personal percentage

  2. Jeff
    March 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm · Reply

    Percentage tennis suggests you play cross court because the net is lower and the court is longer. The distance is undeniable, whereas the net height though undeniable is negated by the distance.

    Cross court distance from singles corner to singles corner is 82.5 ft
    Down the line distance from singles corner to singles corner is 78 ft.
    That is a 4.5 ft. difference.

    Cross court distance from singles corner to net is 41.25 ft.
    Down the line distance from singles corner to net is 39 ft.
    That is a 2.75 ft. difference.

    Gravity pulls things to earth at 39 ft. per second.
    Gravity negates the difference in the height of the net.

    With a ball machine placed in the corner of the singles court, shoot a few balls cross court at a constant speed and trajectory so the ball hits the net tape. Once you have that setting, turn the machine to fire the ball down the line and it will hit the net tape.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm · Reply

      Thanks Jeff. You are citing generic percentages which are fact. This video talks about personal percentages that SOMETIMES might be better for a player to do rather than the generic percentages. This typically happens if/when a player has a particular skill that is unusual and they do it very well.

  3. Ken Howard
    March 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm · Reply

    Very good information presented, as usual in clear, concise “Capestany” speak! Thanks for the enlightenment.

    Ken Howard, USPTA

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm · Reply

      Thanks Ken

  4. Ron Bashara
    March 15, 2017 at 10:36 am · Reply

    Will you come down to Cincinnati for Western and Southern tournament? Would enjoy a coaches clinic! Thanks Ron

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm · Reply

      I think I will have a media pass again… stay tuned.

  5. Arthur Wolf
    March 15, 2017 at 2:19 am · Reply

    Great point. Too often coaches want to play it safe with the generic because it is easily defensible if something goes wrong. If you really know and trust your players you can make them creative threats. These videos really make one look introspectely.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 15, 2017 at 2:28 am · Reply

      Thanks Arthur!

  6. Susan Paunovic
    March 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm · Reply

    This is exactly what I was discussing with someone. Doing what works for you as opposed to what the higher percentage shot is. Proved my point! Thanks!

  7. Ari Ash
    March 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm · Reply

    Great stuff as usual. Things I may have thought about before but you illustrated very well.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 14, 2017 at 10:41 pm · Reply

      Thanks Ari

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