– Hey, guys. Scott and Nate from PlayYourCourt.com. Today we’re going to show
you mistake number two of three that we see a lot of beginner tennis players making. (popping) (swooshing) All right, guys, today is part two of a three-part video series where we go over some strategy mistakes that we see a lot of you beginners making. This video is for players with a Player Court
rating of 60 and below. If you’re not in our community or familiar with our ratings system, then Nate’s not going
to talk to you any more. I’m just kidding. Nate will talk to you. But guys, seriously, if you’re not in our community and you’re trying to
improve your tennis game, you’re goofin’ up here. It is five dollars a
month to join this thing. We give you everything you need
to improve your tennis game. Definitely, at least, check this thing out. That said, if you’re not in the community or familiar with the ratings system, a Player Court 60 is the equivalent of about a USTA 3.5. So we’re really talkin’ about beginners, up to about a USTA 3.5. If you’re better than that, this video’s not for you. Turn it off. Nate… – Guys, don’t be offended. He’s not saying if you’re 3.5, you’re a beginner, right? We’re taking from the
beginning stages of the game. We’re not talking about
the first time somebody’s ever hit the ball. – It’s a mistake all beginners are making, but it’s not a mistake all
3.5 players are making. I would say, as your level improves
from beginner up to 3.5, maybe you’re a little less likely to make some of these mistakes. – Yeah. – But in the player’s we’ve coached, we’ve seen these mistakes happen all the way from beginner to 3.5. No harm intended, sorry. – This one here, the mistake number two. The mistake number two? – The mistake number two. – Mistake number two. – We’re also giving
grammar classes after this. – Yeah. Mistake number two is
the Hail Mary effect. – Explain. – Yeah, all you football fans or not fans, let me explain this. In this scenario, your team, a couple minutes left there on the clock. They’re driving down the field, and there’s a blitz. So, the defense is rushing in, and trying to get the quarterback. The quarterback drops back and just chucks it as
far as they can, right? – We’re both Redskins fans, so we’re very familiar with
this situation, actually. – Yeah. – Also. – Very familiar, unfortunately. All right, so as this QB is chucking it, it’s a Hail Mary because the chances of it being caught, are limited. We’ve been there. No, why are you throwing it? Just take… – How many Patriots fans
probably aren’t dealing with this much? But for all of you Redskins fans… – So what are we talkin’
about on the tennis court, the Hail Mary effect? We’re getting into these stages and points when we’re on defense. We’re running for a ball, and we’re just trying to
make a miracle happen. Lot of times we’re getting pulled out into the outer thirds of the court. We’re not balanced. We don’t have a whole lot of time, and we’re tryin’ to rip
the ball down the line. Or we’re just tryin’ to
hit an absolute screamer to get out of trouble. This is the Hail Mary effect. – Right. – This is a tactical
error because the chances of you making it are so slim, which should be, maybe, a forced error. This turns into an unforced error because you go for
something so ridiculous. Here’ the fix. We’re going to talk
about the reset button. The reset button… – How to play defense when
you’re in defensive position, versus trying to force
offensive on a defense. – Did you play Nintendo
when you were a kid? – Of course. – The original Nintendo– – Did they have Nintendo yet, when you were a kid or was that… – Atari 5200, but Nintendo was– – Probably more like
checkers was your sweet spot. – Where you’re goin’ with this. The Nintendo–
– They had electricity though. – So you got that. – Are we going to finish
with the instruction? – Sorry, carry on. (snickering) – The Nintendo had a reset button. So what would happen, you’re playing Mario Brothers or whatever, and you just die immediately, right? You’d immediately reach out
and hit that reset button. You’re like, “we’re just going
to start this whole thing over.” “I’m not going to start
that crummy game like this.” – Right. – In tennis, there’s a
reset button, as well. When you’re being pulled out to the outer thirds of the court, and you’re in this distress, you’re in defense. Instead of the Hail Mary, what we should be focusing on is height, getting this ball up nice and high and resetting the point so that you can get back to middle. – To make this super clear, the Hail Mary version we
don’t want you to do is, you’re pulled way out of position. You’re on defense. You go for an offensive ball by trying to rip the ball really hard down the line or by doing something that, upon further analysis, you probably don’t have a
very high chance of executing. So, the reset button
like Nate’s talkin’ about is the easiest shot to hit
when you’re on defense. The lob is throwing the ball up, and like you just mentioned, givin’ yourself time to get
back to the middle of the court. – You got it. All right, guys, we’re going
to show the wrong version. We’re going to show the Hail Mary and then we’re going to show
the correction just after that. Let’s check that out now. – Let’s get it. (grunting) (squeaking of shoes) – All right, guys, as you can see there, I’ve moved Nate around, but I’ve pulled him wide… He, honestly, pretty easily
could have thrown up a high ball to reset the point. Instead, he went for broke, tryin’ to hit the backhand down the line. There’s two problems with this strategy. One, and I want to highlight
this ’cause you may see it but not recognize what’s going on. One, is he’s really,
really far out of position. He’s be pulled completely
to the widest part of the ad court, and he’s hitting as hard
as he can down the line. Even if he makes that ball, there’s a good chance that I get to it and have an entire half court to hit into, and there’s less time for him to recover ’cause he hit the ball so hard. So, mistake number one is
taking a huge crack at the ball when he’s out of position. But mistake number two is just, straight out of the gates, you really should be throwing that ball up to give yourself more time to recover. – Recovery time, yeah… Now we’re going to take a
look at the corrected version, where I’m going to play that reset button. I’m going to try to get there
and get some big, heavy spin and try to get back to middle, so I don’t leave an open court. (grunting) (popping from ball
contacting tennis racket) – [Scott] That’s a good reset. Yes! – All right, guys, as you can see there, pretty big difference. Nate, by just playing the reset ball and extending point twice, I get frustrated, right? I go for broke. I make the mistakes. So, in the first example, Nate goes for broke way too early. Basically, not even
forcing me to beat him. He beats himself. In the example you just saw, he resets the point. Makes me hit more and better shots to actually win the point. You see there I break
down with frustration. – Yeah, it’s about ability
and willingness, right? There, the ability was there. He had me on the run, but the willingness to extend
the point wasn’t there. We find that a lot around the 3035. – For sure. – Like, somebody leans on that weapon. They’re using it too much. Just play some defense. Reset the ball. Get yourself back in
the middle of the court and give them a chance to miss. Like, even there, I feel like I got back to neutral, maybe even found some offense
to the point extended, had you not missed in
the bottom of the net. (sighing) But that’s all right. Guys, the takeaway today. When you are on defense, when you’re on the outer
thirds of the court, when you’re deep in the court, heck, if you’re running up, and you’re barely getting to a ball, it’s not Hail Mary time. You’re not going to win the game– – When you’re on the defense, play defense. – Yeah. So at that point, especially on the back of the court, on the run, if they’re not comin’ to the net, throw up the reset. Give yourself time to get back to middle. Now, if they’re comin’ to the net, it becomes something else entirely. But that’s for another level. If they’re continuously
hitting into the open court, and moving in, and cutting
off with a transition volley, they may not be a 3.5. – I was going to say, they shouldn’t be watchin’ this video. – But plenty of 3.5s may do that. We don’t know. It’s maybe a generalization. But that’s going to be a
lot more advanced tactics. – For sure. – So if you’re doin’ that, awesome. But, guys, if you’re out there and you’re not getting someone that’s cutting off the angles with volleys, or swing volleys, or whatever else, and singles, reset the point. – Perfect. And this brings up a great point, too. We don’t know a ton about
your specific skill level. This video instruction wouldn’t apply to a high level of play. ‘Cause we are going to see
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