Technical Video Analysis
Here at Elite Junior Tennis, we focus on the type of tennis analysis relating to the tennis technique of a player. One of the crucial elements that can separate professional players to collegiate players to local club and tournament players is visible in their tennis strokes.
There are many other factors that can influence a player’s skill level; strategy, fitness, mentality on the court, footwork and talent. However, one aspect that has always remained a constant over a decade of researching the elite players in slow motion is video analysis. Players at the elite level usually have cleaner, more efficient and effective strokes over the amateur level players.
These small idiosyncrasies with technique can often go unseen by the naked eye, since a tennis swing occurs so rapidly. Since the human eye is only able to see at around 30 frames per second, the eye misses most of the minor segments of technique that can occur during a single tennis stroke. Ironically, a few key bodily movements (the swing path/plane) are missed by the naked eye.
Even a small difference in the way a player swings the racket will have a major impact in the way the racket contacts the ball. These differences are the small pieces of tennis technique that are usually responsible for a player’s ability to generate power, topspin, slice and depth.
By using tennis video analysis in E.J.T. we can provide instant feedback to our juniors so they can not only feel what they are doing wrong, but also see what is going wrong, and make the necessary adjustments to refine their strokes. It is a relatively new concept and is now being utilized in most if not all sports. Tennis is a very skill related activity and requires clean fundamentals in order to achieve full potential.
At E.J.T. we have state of the art video equipment, backed with a 42 inch LCD TV and all the necessary equipment to mount video cameras in any location, so we can see any stroke from any angle, anywhere on the tennis court.