We want to give you an understanding of how to work with the match summary (statistics and video in match mode) using different analytical focus areas. They should give you a feeling for how you can best interpret the data and thus extract the most important insights for your training work. In this article we kick off this series with the match opening.
In this analytical blueprint we put special focus on technique & tactics with the main topic "behavior in the match". Video plays a special role in this qualitative evaluation. Because nothing can accelerate the learning process as effectively as seeing yourself play.
Above all, the match situation shows whether technical or tactical adjustments can be implemented even under pressure. In particular, close scores will show whether, for example, the recently trained serve movement is already works out..
Thanks to the slow motion function of the player you can watch the serves, returns or groundstrokes in slow motion and discover technical errors directly – if there are any. 😉 Here your know-how as a coach is required to highlight the appropriate, critical situations. Choose one of the suggested playback speeds or scroll "frame by frame" through the movement.
💡 Tip:Go into detail! Did you know that you can use the zoom gesture to enlarge the image section?
Do not only look at individual shots, but also at entire rallies. How do your players move? For example, do they come out of the corners light-footed and does their cross-step sit well? Use the "Net attacks" video filter, for example, to see how quickly a player moves forward in an advantageous situation.
💡Tip: Observe the movements over the course of the game and highlight if the footwork deteriorated in certain phases of the game and thus had a noticeable impact on the score or other stats. These references to each other improve the athlete's understanding and awareness of such things.
Using the Placement Map we connect the data with the video material and open up smart analytical approaches. We take up the backhands from the example above: We are now interested in the mistakes that have been made on the backhand side and the technical reasons for this. First, display all backhands - e.g. of the second set. The red dots mark the balls that went out.
Via the control panel you can easily navigate to the corresponding shots and display them directly in the video player. From now on it's up to you: Did you move well on the backhand side? Were the shots technically clean?
Behavior between the points
Basically you have the possibility to "skip pauses automatically" in the video player and to watch only the played time. However, you can also deactivate this function to include a new component in your match analysis: The behavior between rallies.
Do the players have a positive body language and stay focused even when things go against them in the match? Or do they become negative, complain about themselves and thus inhibit their performance? Positive phases of play can also show interesting aspects. How do players act after a successful break? Do they become hectic and not take the necessary time to concentrate between rallies on their own serve?
Tactics & Match plan
We have already discussed the analysis of patterns such as serve+1 or return+1 and how you can quickly and easily examine them, especially with the smart video filters, in our article on match opening. Always be aware that you can use the video and the different entry points to certain sequences to control the implementation of your match plan. You decide where to focus on.