A description of what Tennis IQ is and how it differs from the Recreational and Pro levels.
Thanks, interesting video. I agree with your take on needing to develop tactical play if you want to win matches against better players.
I have a different goal with my tennis, however; you might call it a different game entirely. Rather than win games, my goal is to hit really well, fluidly, and keep a deep penetrating rally going. It’s great exercise, and helps me feel good the rest of the day or into the next. Keeping a high-level, heavy, targeted rally going is a game in itself, and quite a difficult thing to do for a non-pro. I may be an outlier, but I find it more satisfying to try to sustain a good rally than I do trying to end a point.
When I go see the pros in person (Rogers Cup in Canada) , strangely enough I actually prefer watching the practices 🙂
Well done on the USPTA Pro of the Year Award. You deserve it! You are dynamic and have helped not only students of the game but all coaches and professionals who have taken the time to visit your website or attend one of your presentations. Great job! Yes, enjoyed the video too!
Great information. I’m a beginner and I totally agree with you about where I am in the game.
Thanks for the information (:
I took notes while watching your video…you really hit the nail on the head with this one! I agree with you, I find that the players I have experience with are mostly stuck in the #2 category, and it makes it hard to have fun playing with that level player. Thank you
Good assessment Jorge. As a pro I see many players at tournaments and league matches that have good fundamental strokes but lose on a regular basis to lesser skilled players. This I believe is because their coach has failed to teach them how to analyze their opponents weaknesses and adjust their game and strategy accordingly.
Thanks Danny… I agree. The cool part is that when coaches start teaching this way their students do a lot better AND the coaches have more fun too. How you hit the ball matters, but WHERE you hit the ball matters more.
Great video! Nice simple explanation of the different levels.
Jorge, great explanation but I have a question. You mention that the question Level 1 players dwell on after the match is technique….makes sense. But what are the questions that Level 2 players ask, vs. Level 3?
Great question… Level 2 players tend to ask themselves if they made the right shot selection. All stuff about THEIR OWN side of the court
Level 3 players ask themselves if they manipulated their opponent the right way.. like strike zones and opponent’s positions on the court. All basically stuff about their OPPONENT’S SIDE of the court.
Well, to get better we have got to have good strokes! That a big part of what learn as a student. And I know it is not just good strokes but a lot of other things!
Solid strokes and important for sure Bob… I have found that too many players never move off of strokes and develop their Tennis IQ.
Great initiative and some valuable insight Jorge, would resonate with most players I’m sure (sure does with me).
Love your website and your passion for the game,
I have found in my coaching that there are a number of ways to go where you are taking us with your course. Every player is different so this instruction will help many get past that “technique trap” you so aptly describe it. I apologise in advance for stealing your ideas but it is always for our player’s benefit and I always acknowledge where the tips come from. Thanks for being such a great communicator!
I agree 100 %. I teach in 3 steps technique first spins 2nd, and than tactical winning high percentage tennis.
Thanks Jorge! I’m excited to learn this!
Well done explaining it. I am looking forward to watch the video. Thank you for your passion to tennis.
Jorge, You’ve always been innovative. You’re one of the top speakers on teaching the game. Looking forward to your approach with Tennis IQ.
Thanks Fred, Nice hearing from you.
Jorge: Thank you…Every tennis parent in the OC needs to hear this….Your videos are very enlightening…I have ‘raised’ 2 ATP/Wimbledon players from scratch and usually do not comment in most tennis blogs, but feel the need to compliment you!…Well done as usual!..and Ron Atkinson, I live on TStreet in san clemente , one of the best surf/body surf beaches anywhere…. you are right, it’s not the wave, it’s what you do WITH the wave…I see it everyday ! KO
Thanks Kirk, and nice job raising those kids to be such great players!
Good Work Jorge,
Keeping it simple yet effective. The better we can help bridge the disconnect between Technical & Tactical Development for Coaches and Players the better Player Development as a whole will be. This will hopefully help encourage coaches/players to spend more time in “live ball” tactical situations and players playing more sets for development and not just for rankings. Get players out of drilling lines and coaches away from baskets.
Keep Up the Great Work.
Looking forward to your new course. You hit the nail on the head in search for the perfect stroke.
I know I’m guilty of that mind set,the surfer in me. I’m always looking for the “perfect” wave instead of working with what I have.
Ron Atkinson USPTA
Thanks Ron.. I am excited about it.
I agree with what you said. I am a Rec player 3.5/4.0 women’s league . Strategies are so fun to build into your tennis game and takes a moving group together to want to make better IQ observations and decisions .
You hit the nail on the head. I often tell players that they are great at hitting but need to learn how to play. One thing you’ve said in other videos is to think shots, not strokes. These are both great explanations as to what proper focus should be to increase tennis iq. Great video.
I like how you are defining the IQ’s in tennis. This is interesting to me as a player and a HS coach. You are a creative thinker.
You are so Right on Spot. We have 4 different learning stages unconcsious incomptence-conscious incompetence-conscious competence and the highest Level unconscious competence. The Tennis IQ Level 1 is in the first 2 learning phases, the IQ Level 2 in the third and the IQ Level 4 in the 4th learning Level. The goal of every player is to reach the Level where we dont think about technique, tactics and strategy and we just Play playing in the Flow and making the smartest Shot selection. Our job as Coaches is to help our Players from beginners to Professionals to get to that highest stage and i believe that a high tennis IQ can sometimes be achieved earlier then technical perfection, if the player understands percentage tennis in connection to the geomoetry of the court and a quick SWOT analysis of the opponent. I go theough a very in detail SWOT Stregths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats analysis with my pro players before every match, so that they kind of have a procedure plan they can obvioisly alter in the Match and we do a follow up SWOT just to compare the plan with the reality my player and i actually saw in the match. Every recreational player can improve their tennis Level by adding all tennis IQ levels and implementing a simple SWOT. Tennis is Overall a Chess Game with a Racket and a Ball in a room that has to Be used wisely against an Opponent with certain strengths, weaknesses and playbook tendencies that wie have to Understand
Thanks for your great comments.
Great video. Love the explanations on each level. Meet you and talked with you at the tennis workshop at
Vaughan Athletic Center. Keep up the good work
I think about both technique and tactics. Since I play doubles, right now my tactical focus is on when to poach. On the technique side, I’m struggling mostly with serve consistency.
Very good video! full understanding and very helpfull.
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