Trusting Your Tactics/Shots


This video describes the difference between good strategy and bad execution.


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  1. Paul Lee
    February 15, 2016 at 4:58 pm · Reply

    Greeting from Trinity Florida Jorge,
    One of the most frequent issues with HS team players (12 years in Maryland)… and, one most contested by the players… end of the day – GOOD EXECUTION following good strat/tactics. I can’t tell you how many times players would come off the court saying “I’m not trying that shot again” etc. But, next practice guess what we practiced?

    Anyway, another great video lesson – Thanks again.
    PS – My current students love your work 🙂

  2. DH
    January 27, 2016 at 3:19 pm · Reply

    I see it happen a lot in recreational doubles, where the net player gets passed down the line or messes up a poach and then they stop poaching and start camping in the trams.

  3. Curtis
    January 27, 2016 at 1:44 am · Reply

    Thank you. Follow the plan and continue to refine your shot making ability.

  4. Jim K.
    January 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm · Reply

    Great job!
    Maybe, I missed something on the last shot(one second left). The play/strategy was incorrect since the team has only one second to score.
    Sounded like you were going to have the player pass, etc.
    Hubie Brown called that full court one second play- “Homerun.” His strategy: player quietly tells official he may get fouled and receiving player must catch/shoot the ball quickly.

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm · Reply

      Thanks Jim… The point I was making was that in that example, the STRATEGY worked perfectly, but the player missed the shot (Execution) and when that happens too many tennis players just bail on doing the correct strategy again because they can not get past the fact they made an error. We have to be careful not to confuse bad execution as being bad strategy.

  5. Jane
    January 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm · Reply

    Jorge, this is one of the most complex concepts for tennis students of all ages to grasp. You explained this incredibly well in less than 4 minutes! Thanks for giving me more ways to express this idea. I have told student to make good decisions on the court instead of worrying about instant success. I really liked this video! Thanks

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 26, 2016 at 10:35 pm · Reply

      Thanks Jane

  6. Scott
    June 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm · Reply

    This is a great advice. It seems obvious, but I know I don’t follow it a lot of the time. Thanks.

  7. Marquis
    June 12, 2015 at 4:17 am · Reply

    That was a great explaintion because we have to get over our fears and nervousness to execute the right shot at the right time.

  8. James
    June 12, 2015 at 1:22 am · Reply

    Great video! I am working on my forehand down the line approach when I get a short ball, but in match play I either am so conservative (and get passed) or when I loosen up hit just long. My question is how do I decide when to try “the right shot” in a “real” match?

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 12, 2015 at 1:43 am · Reply

      If the shot is there I think you should hit it. If it goes out you may have to add more topspin or take some power off it, but that sounds like the correct play so I would stick with it. In competition you may be tempted to chicken out and stop trying it, but to really get good you have to trust that the decision is right and the shot will come. Obviously if you miss 10 shots in a row then you have to just write it off as a bad day.

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